Breaking Records and Taking Names

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Ivy Leaguers were scattered all around the country this past weekend, doing whatever they could to set new seasonal bests in their respective events.  Some of those performances broke into the all-time record books while showing the nation that Ivy Leaguers should not be excluded when you discuss the sport’s talent depth.  A number of athletes set NCAA leading marks as well as met Olympic Trials qualifiers.  And guess what, we just entered April.  How on earth is the rest of this outdoor season going to go?  Weekend recaps below.

Pepsi Florida Relays – Nell Smith

Harvard, Penn and Princeton competed at the annual Pepsi Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track over the weekend. During this three-day competition, school records were demolished, Olympic standards were met, and career bests were achieved by over one second margins. The Crimson women proved to be the most dominate women’s team among the Ivies, setting new program, Ivy and personal records in each of their represented events. Harvard’s men’s team captured several top ten finishes in both individual events and Penn set a handful of school records.

Freshman Gabby Thomas continued her dominance in the 100m and 200m sprints at the relay carnival. Her 11.30 and 22.75 stand as new Ivy League and Harvard records and are both Olympic qualifying marks. Additionally, Thomas’s 200m time is a new New England best.  Penn sophomore Taylor McCorkle had a stand-out performance in the 200m running 24.05w, the second best time in Ivy League rankings this season and a third all-time best at Penn. In the sprint hurdles, Harvard senior Autumne Franklin posted 13.47 in the 100m hurdles, breaking a 15-year-old school record that was set in 2001 and is now the second fastest time in conference history. Franklin claimed the runner up position in the 400m hurdles setting a 56.81 mark, which is currently the third fastest time in the nation. Crimson junior Jade Miller placed fifth in 57.63. Senior Christi Scott of Harvard ran a personal best in the 400m (55.35). Penn’s middle distance junior Ella Wurth set a new career best by 1.5 seconds in the 800m running 2:11.39 to rank as the second best Ivy performance of this outdoor season.  Thomas, Franklin, Scott and Miller ran in the 4x400m relay (3:32.05) and sprint medley relay (3:55.48) teams.  The 4×400 relay time is the second fastest in conference history, while the sprint medley time is the seventh fastest in conference history.

The Harvard men collected a handful of career bests in individual events, freshman Myles Marshall was among that group. In the 800m he secured a top ten finish running 1:48.20. Sophomore Gabe Montague also established a career best in the 1,500m with a 3:48.23. Penn junior Chris Hatler and sophomore Jeff Wiseman ran 1:50.80 and 1:51.65 respectively, in the men’s 800m. Princeton senior Luke Brahm was the next Ivy athlete to cross the finish line in 1:51.84, followed by fellow sophomore Tiger Josh Ingalls, 1:53.72.

Freshman Calvary Rogers of Penn ran the fastest 200m time among Ivy competitors at the meet. His 20.95w record is the third fastest time in program history and betters his personal best time, which was previously 21.52. The 400m event set the tone for the Princeton Tigers early in the competition. Junior Ray Mennin ran a 47.03 to finish ahead of sophomore teammate Joshua Freeman who clocked 48.24 at the same distance. Princeton senior Greg Caldwell  recorded a 14.55w in the 110m hurdles, while senior Jordan Myers also of Princeton ran 54.24 in the 400m hurdles.

Junior Jared Bell was the highlight of the men’s discus throw for the Tigers. His 171-05 throw was good for second overall. In the hammer throw, freshman Adam Kelly released a season best throw of 212-09, which moves him up in the Ivy record book from 10th to 7th best all time. Penn had several athletes in the field events, including senior Thomas Pitt in the long jump (23-01 1/4), and sophomore thrower Sean Ryan who hurled a 174-02 throw in the hammer and classmate Mike Monroe who jumped 7-00 1/2 for fourth place in the high jump, the third best height in program history.

The Princeton men had the fastest Ivy time in the 4x400m relay. Senior Daniel McCord, junior Jabari Johnson, Freeman and Johnson ran 3:11.92 for 15th. The Harvard men were well represented in the relays running top-eight performances in two events. The 4x400m quartet of juniors Matthew Hurst and Alexander Moore and seniors James Heckendorn and Marshall posted 3:13.40. Junior Max Mondelli, Moore, Hurst and Marshall claimed sixth in the sprint medley relay with 3:24.76 and the distance medley relay consisting of sophomore Jonas Arande, senior Malik Epps, Marshall and Montague ran 10:04.36 for fifth.

Stanford InvitationalBecky Wexler

The Stanford Invitational is known in the track world as a place where dreams come true for distance runners, and that was certainly the case this weekend for both Harvard sophomore Courtney Smith, Princeton senior Cecilia Barowski, and Harvard senior Paige Kouba. All three women qualified for this summer’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track, running huge PRs in the process.

Smith ran 32:08.32 to finish sixth in the fast heat of the 10,000m, beating several professional runners in the process. Not only was this a nearly three-minute PR for Smith, it was a school and Ivy League record as well.  The tie is also the eighth fastest in NCAA history.

After a disappointing end to her senior indoor track season, Barowski finally eclipsed the 2:03 barrier in the 800m, winning over several professionals in a time of 2:02.62, a school record and the fourth fastest time in Ivy League history (just behind Olympian Morgan Uceny). Barowski spoke to Flotrack after her race.

Kouba, who has already run 4:16.46 for 1,500m this season, won the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in 9:50.21 — a school record, the second fastest time ever run by an Ivy League woman, and a 25-second PR.  It is also the fastest steeplechase mark in the NCAA to date.

Penn senior Thomas Awad finished sixth in the “fast” heat (it didn’t end up as fast as expected due to uneven pacing) of the 5,000m in his outdoor debut for the season, running 13:41.57.  He was the fastest collegian in the field and the time is currently the fastest for any collegian in the nation.

A number of other Ivy performances resulted in top-5 conference marks to date, including:

3,000m steeplechase

  • Amy Darlington, Penn, 10:46.86 (3rd)
  • Nick Tuck, Penn, 8:44.88 (1st)
  • Brandon Smith, Penn, 8:59.06 (2nd)
  • Ross Wilson, Penn, 9:00.34 (3rd)
  • Eddie Owens, Princeton, 9:00.97 (4th)

5,000m

  • Emily de la Bruyere, Princeton, 16:04.19 (1st)
  • Ashley Montgomery, Penn, 16:08.64 (2nd)
  • Cleo Whiting, Penn, 16:14.35 (3rd)
  • Brandon Price, Harvard, 13:58.57 (4th)

10,000m

  • Brendan Shearn, Penn, 29:28.83 (1st)
  • Michael Sublette, Princeton, 29:37.90 (3rd)

Texas Relays L. Kelsey Armstrong

The 88th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays was hampered by inclement weather during some days of the competition.  Despite that, the Heps field and multi-event athletes that competed had some good performances.  Adam Bragg of Princeton vaulted to the top of the conference with a 18-00 1/2 vault for a fourth place finish.  He now moves up a notch on the all-time list for a tie for 2nd place with Nico Weiler of Harvard (2012).  The hepathlete trio of Madison Hansen (Harvard), Taylor Morgan (Princeton) and Kerry Krause (Princeton) captured the top three spots in the conference with scores of 5,245 (13th place overall), 5,224 (15th place) and 4,762 (24th place) respectively.  The conditions rendered the long jump, 200m and 100 hurdles to be wind-aided in this competition.  Morgan’s performance is an all-time best and moves her into 8th place in the Ivy League record book.  Another trio competed in the javelin for Penn.  Lisa Sesink-Clee threw a personal best of 145-09 for a fifth place finish and 2nd best throw in the conference to date.  Serena Graf followed with a 130-02 throw for 10th place.  Kelsey Hay mustered 140-00 for 11th place in the “A” section.  The Quakers were also represented on the male side as Sam Mattis and Noah Kennedy-White competed in the discus throw.  Both competitors seemed to have trouble with the conditions as Mattis could only muster a 176-04 for 10th place, while Kennedy-White could only throw a 174-11 for 12th place. The winner was former Cornell athlete, Steven Mozia at 204-01.  Mozie also won the shot put with a heave of 66-01, with only two legal throws.

Colonial RelaysNell Smith

Columbia sent a squad to the 51st annual Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William & Mary on Friday, April 1. The women’s team racked up 71.5 points for third place among a field of 43 teams. Rutgers was first (92) and Bucknell finished second (81.5). The men’s team collected 34 team points for 10th out of 44 teams. Shippensburg won the men’s team title with 80.75 points, followed by Rutgers (76) and Bucknell third (71).

Senior Olivia Sadler set the pace for the Lions in the women’s 1,500m, finishing second in the event with a time of 4:22.89. Freshman Libby Kokes and sophomore Sarah Hardie didn’t trail far behind Sadler as both runners set new personal bests, running 4:25.99 and 4:27.08 for fifth and sixth respectively.  Sadler, Hardie and Kokes were joined by sophomore teammate Katharine Sammer for the 4x800m relay. Together, the group was able to notch a 9:03.81 for third in the combined 3,200m distance. The distance medley relay, consisting of junior Devon Towell, freshman Jillian Murray, sophomore McKenzie Sup, and senior Leila Mantilla ran 11:59.92, a mark that was good enough for third.

In the sprint relays, seniors Iris Chijioke, Jaycee Parker, Ashley Cunningham and sophomore Akua Obeng-Akrofi represented the Lions in the 4x100m relay. The quartet blazed to the finish in 47.23 for the runner up position. Cunningham, Obeng-Akrofi and Chijioke came back with junior Brittney Wade for the sprint medley relay capturing a third place finish running 3:59.43.  Wade posted a 2:09.26 in the 800m relay, while teammates Chijioke and Cunningham placed 4th and 6th in the 100m hurdles (14.78) and 100m (12.21) respectively. Obeng-Akrofi ran a new personal best in the 400m to finish 5th overall in 55.14.

The men’s 4x800m relay clocked the fastest time of the meet. Their winning time of 7:33.24 was run by senior Taylor Click, junior Robert Napolitano and freshmen Josiah Langstaff and Alek Sauer.  Napolitano placed second in the 1,500m in 3:46.39 and Sauer took 6th in the 800m with 1:53.08. Senior Corey Hammond ran the 400m hurdles in 53.24 for sixth overall.

In the distance medley relay, the Lions clocked 10:02.65 for the third place spot. The team consisted of sophomores Spencer Haik, Brian McGovern, juniors Johnathan Sowah and Benjamin Ritz. The 4x400m of senior Yelnats Calvin, junior Ronald Busby, Sowah and Hammond ran 3:18.65 for third.

Tufts Snowflake Classic Mary Boggs 

Dartmouth opted to compete this past weekend a little closer to home, sending full teams to outside of Boston to compete in the Tufts Snowflake Classic.  They did have a little bit of Ivy League competition as Harvard sent some athletes to participate in the longer distances and field events.  Both teams did rather well against the New England competition in the cool, rainy conditions– the men won the overall meet with 140.5 points while the women finished as runners up to host Tufts, 210 to 181 points.  Harvard finished 11th in the men’s standings and 9th in the women’s standings at the end of the meet with 26 and 28 points, respectively.

The men’s overall team success at the meet was largely due to their field eventers as four men won five of the field events.  Rookie Lucas Ribeiro was the only Big Green athlete to win multiple events as he won both the shot put (51-01 ¾) and discus throws (144-06).  Tim Brennan placed in the top 3 in two events – winning the hammer throw (189-09 – season’s best) and finishing third in the shot put (44-11).  Dartmouth went 1-2 in the men’s triple jump with Victor Ngei (41-10 ½) and Matus Petrovsky (41-05 ¾), while Max Consculluela cleared a new all-time best to win the pole vault (16-10).  Dartmouth placed two in the top 3 in the men’s high jump – Alex Frye cleared 6-0 to finish in second place, while Adam Couitt was third with a 5-10 clearance.  The Big Green men also had three top 3 finishers in the track events with Guy Green (2nd – 200m, 23.02), Simpson Tanner (3rd– 400m, 51.62), and Jules Hislop (2nd – 400m hurdles, 57.70).

The Big Green women had five event winners at the meet.  Melissa Dunham had a very busy meet – she was the top collegian in both the shot put (second overall – 40-10 ½) and discus throws (third overall – 128-04), and she was the second-best collegian in the hammer throw (fourth overall – 135-11).  All three of those events were won by Dartmouth alumna Emmaline Berg (shot put – 51-00 3/4; discus throw – 158-00; hammer throw – 174-08).  Kayla Gilding was also busy – she won the long jump in 17-03 ½ and finished as the runner up in the 400m in 60.16.  Jennifer Cunningham and Grace Thompson won their respective events by margins of almost 2 seconds – Cunningham in the 800m (2:20.62) and Thompson in the 1,500m (4:41.64).  Meghan Grela was the runner up in the 1,500m (4:43.04).  Dartmouth also went 1-2 in the pole vault with Kaitlin Mccallum (11-11 ¾) and Stephanie Brown (11-05 ¾).  Abby Feeney won the 100m hurdles in 15.27 after running 15.23 in the preliminary round.  Maria Garman joined Feeney in the top 3 of the hurdles with her third place finish in 16.27 (she ran 15.51 in the preliminary round).  Olivia Wiener was third in the javelin throw (109-09).  Mary Sieredzinski was the runner up in the 200m (26.31) and finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (16.68) and javelin throw (109-02).

Madeleine Ankhelyi was the only Harvard athlete to win an event at the meet, as she won the steeplechase in 11:13.42 (note – it’s the first time she has ever competed in this event).  Otherwise, Harvard had three additional top 3 finishers.  In the pole vault events, both Andrew Roney (second – 14-05 ¼) and Lexie Schachne (third – 11-05 ¾) both placed in the top three.  Fiona Davis finished as the runner up in the 3,000m run with a time of 10:31.48.

High Point Vertklasse MeetingL. Kelsey Armstrong

Brown traveled down to High Point University in North Carolina for some warmth and competition to finish up their 2016 Spring Break training. The combination seemed to benefit the Bears, as several impressive performances were produced this weekend.

The women had two wins, highlighted by Taylor Worthy’s 2:10.68 800m performance that tops the conference.  Clare Peabody followed behind with a 5th place 2:11.66 finish.  O’Sha Williams had the other win with a leap of 40-03 1/2 in the triple jump, which leads the league.  Chelsie Churchill finished 8th with a 37-06 leap (5th in the conference), followed by Rachel Van Metre in 11th (36-04 – 6th in the league) and Uloma Nwaolu in 12th (34-10 1/2).  Other impressive performances include Shanelle DeJournett’s conference leading leap in the long jump of 18-01 for 9th place, followed by a 13th place finish by Williams in 17-07 1/2.  Morayo Akande lead a quartet of high jumpers with a 2nd place leap of 5-07 (tied for 3rd in the conference), followed by Jenell Grier-Spratley (5-05), DeJournett (5-05) and Carly Paul (5-03).  Emmaline Suchland sprinted to a 3rd place finish in the 100m (11.88) and 7th place in the 300m (24.80w).  Audrea Holt followed in the 200m with a 11th place 25.04w.  Van Metre hurdled to a windy 14.24 6th place time in the 100m hurdles, while DeJournett also had a windy 14.87 performance for 7th place in another section.  Gwenyth Winship raced to a 58.86 in the 400m “B” section for a 6th place finish, while Heather Sweeney threw the javelin 128-10 for 7th place.  Michelle Bazile was busy as she threw in three events:  shot put (39-09 3/4 for 16th place), hammer throw (154-05 for 12th place) and discus throw (138-07 3/4 for 11th place).

The men only had a win by Zachary Emrich who ran 1:51.73 for the 800m.  Dylan Groos followed in 5th place (1:54.21) and Christian Bermel came in 9th (1:55.43).  Ryan Kelly powered to a 3rd place 100m finish (10.78 – 5th best in the conference) and a 7th place 200m run (21.66 – 3rd best in the conference).  Taylor Alarcon and Jason Katz hopped, skipped and jumped to a second (47-05 3/4) and third (47-01 1/2) best jumps in the conference with a third and fifth place finish, respectively.  Rookie Owen Russell was the top collegiate in the hammer throw with a 204-08 heave, while Matthew O’Hara came in 6th with a 190-03 throw.  These throws place Russell and O’Hara second and fourth in the conference respectively.  Aaron Comery threw 53-01 in the shot put for 5th place, while O’Hara threw 49-02 1/2 for 10th place and Evan Dombrowski managed 49-01/4 for 11th place. Mark Buda came in fourth in the javelin with a 198-03 1/2 effort, while Max Haensel ran 49.70 in the “B” section of the 400m.  Brown alum Courtland Clavette also won the discus throw with a 192-07 3/4 throw.

Muhlenburg Spring Invitational – Mary Boggs

Princeton split up their teams across multiple meets this past weekend – Florida, Texas, California, and Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania contingent went to the Muhlenburg Spring Invitational on Saturday, where the Tigers had 10 top 3 finishes.

Brent Albertson had the most successful day of any of the Tigers who competed.  He won the 100m dash (10.85) and was a part of the winning 4×100 relay (43.10), and finished third in the 200m (22.63).  Albertson was joined by Bryant Switzer, Michael Seaton, and Maxwell Schwegman.  Rookie Cole Brandsford won his first collegiate event – the 400m – in 49.42.  The remaining best Tiger performances came in the field events.  Bryan Oslin – usually a multi-eventer – won the long jump with a distance of 21-08.  Princeton went 1-2 in the hammer throw, led by rookie Gabe Arcaro (187-11) followed by Vic Youn (184-06).  The Lady Tigers were represented by their throwers at the meet.  Kennedy O’Dell finished in the top three in both the shot put (2nd – 39-09 ¾) and discus throws (third – 142-03), while Ariel Becker finished third in the javelin throw (123-10).

2016 Bruin Legends of Track & Field Invitational and Distance CarnivalBecky Wexler

The Cornell men and women finished their California spring break trip at the UCLA Bruin Legends of Track & Field Invitational. The men placed second behind UCLA and the women were fifth behind UCLA, Kansas State, Minnesota and Nevada.

Senior Sam Baxter ran a huge PR of 4:04.09 to finish fourth in the elite mile during the Distance Carnival portion of the meet.  That time when converted to the 1,500m equivalent currently leads the league in 3:46.01. Freshman Zach Menchaca PR’d in both the 200m, which he won (21.42, ranked #2 in the conference), and the 100m (third in 10.70, also ranked #2 in the conference).

The day’s only double event winner was senior Max Hairston, who won the 110m hurdles (13.95) and ran a leg on the 4x400m relay team (Michael Smith, Hairston, Larry Gibson and Tobe Attah), which won in a league-leading time of 3:11.55.

Other event winners included Taysia Radoslav in the 400m hurdles (57.95), Bobby Plummer in the triple jump (49-09 ¾,season’s best), Mark Tedder in the 5,000m (13:57.38, 28-second PR), and Caroline Kellner in the 10,000m (33:51.94 – meet record and ranks her 18th in the NCAA)

Additional highlights included a quick 54.76 for the 400m by senior Udeme Akpaete to finish in second place overall, and senior Camryn Goodman’s discus heave of 148-02 to finish sixth overall in the event.

photo from Harvard’s Track & Field/Cross Country twitter

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