Less than 2 weeks to go until Outdoor Heps and HepsNation teams/athletes are slowly showing their cards. There were lots of record-breaking and new conference leading marks from this weekend’s competition (I’m going to be busy this week trying to update the record books before we dive into HepsWeek next week). Check out our meet recaps below to see what you may have missed.
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Virginia Challenge – Nell Smith
The men’s and women’s teams from Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale posted solid performances at the Virginia Challenge, hosted by Virginia University at the Lannigan Field, April 22 and 23. During this two-day meet, personal bests were set, program records shattered and top performances hinted to successful championship seasons.
Yale junior James Randon had the top performance in the men’s 1500m race where his 3:40.15 currently ranks as the top time in the country and fifth best in conference history. His early success in the outdoor season comes on the heel of his indoor record-setting mile, which ranks him as one of Yale’s top distance athletes. Senior Will Sheeran of Brown was the second Ivy competitor to finish the race posting 3:45.56. Yale’s junior Andre Ivankovic and freshman Trevor Reinhart rounded out the competition in the event with a pair of career bests for the two athletes, running 3:50.63 and 3:53.26 respectively. Senior Duncan Tomlin continued the performance best momentum for Yale with his near second personal record in the 3000m steeplechase, running 8:54.59 for ninth.
Brown sophomore Matt Mahoney was the first 5000m finisher out of the four Ivy teams represented. His 14.19.25 time earned him a top-20 place in the competition. Sophomore Ben Huffman from Harvard ran 14.22.39, Brown sophomore Ryan Anderson posted 14.28.94 and freshman Eli Moskowitz rounded out the event in 14:36.68. Harvard senior Chris Allen ran the 12th fastest time in the 10,000m, 29:54.91. Ned Willig had an impressive 800m race as he held onto the second place spot in a highly competitive field. The Brown senior recorded 1:47.53 for the silver, while Harvard freshman Myles Marshall finished fourth in 1:48.51, just shy of his career best. Willig’s time is the seventh fastest in conference history. Yale’s Alexander McDonald ran 1:53.21, a new personal best for the senior, and Brown sophomore Zachery Emrich clocked 1:51.81. Junior Marc- Andre Alexandre of Yale was the fifth finisher and third collegian finisher in the 400m with 47.17. Brown senior Ryan Kelly ran 47.98 and was the only other Ivy competitor to run sub 48. Teammate Nik Zemis (freshman) dipped below the 49 second barrier running 48.98 and Dartmouth sophomore Amos Cariati was not too far behind with his 49.05 mark. In the 400m hurdles, Dartmouth freshman Parker Johnson captured the seventh place title running 52.95. His classmate Alec Eschholz ran 53.02 for eighth and senior Edward Wagner took tenth with a 53.14.
In the 110m hurdles, Yale senior Paedyn Gomes captured the sixth place finish, 14.38, edging out Dartmouth’s Johnson in 14.39. Harvard junior Jay Hebert ran 14.81. Classmate Efe Uwaifo set a new career best in the 100m dash running 10.81 besting teammate Max Mondelli’s 10.88. Brown’s Ryan Kelly ran 21.58 in the 200m, followed by Mondelli who ran 21.65 and Brown sophomore Oluwatosin Oyewole posted 21.79. Oyewole, Kelly, junior Raul Green and sophomore Brian Pfaff represented Brown in the 4x100m relay, taking fifth place with a 40.75. The 4x400m team consisting of Willig, Oyewole, Kelly and Zemis clocked 3:12.48 finishing behind Yale’s team of Alexandre, McDonald, freshmen Connor Hill and Alex McIntyre who ran 3:11.49.
The field event performances were equally impressive as the action that took place around the oval. In the vertical jumps, Harvard sophomore Ian West claimed second with his 15-05 clearance in the men’s open pole vault. Dartmouth junior Nico Robinson secured third with the same height as West, while Matthew Miller, a Harvard junior, cleared 14-11 for seventh. In the pole vault invite, freshman Austin Laut of Yale finished sixth with 15-05. Senior Spencer Lemons cleared 6-05 in the men’s high jump for Harvard and Yale sophomore Mike Koller ended his competition at 6-03 1/4.
Dartmouth junior Corey Muggler doubled in the men’s long jump and triple jump events. In the long jump he leapt to a 23-11 1/2 mark for fifth place, ahead of Brown senior Christopher Garzia’s 23-01 3/4 distance. Efe Uwaifo of Harvard took second in the triple jump with his 52-05 1/4 record – the seventh best mark in conference history. Muggler finished ninth with 47-05 ¼. Harvard senior Julian Nunally captured a new career best in the discus and the second place crown with his 176-08 release. Brown sophomore Aaron Comery threw 54-07 1/4 in the shot put for fifth ahead of Nunally’s 54-05 1/4. Senior Matthew O’Hara competed in the hammer, his 189-08 mark rounded out the throws competition for Brown. In the javelin, Dartmouth senior Jacob Shippee placed fourth overall with his 202-08 distance.
The women’s results in the sprints offer a preview of the championship season for the four teams who competed at the Virginia Challenge. Harvard senior Autumne Franklin ran a career best, second all-time best in conference history and she recorded the fifth fastest time in the 400m hurdles with her 55.70 time. She also competed in the 100m hurdles running 13.62. Junior Jade Miller trailed Franklin in both events posting 56.44 for third in the 400m hurdles and 14.17 in the 100m hurdles. Dartmouth freshman Alison Frantz ran 14.56 in the 100m hurdles. Freshman Ngozi Musa represented Harvard in the 100m. Her 11.90 was the fastest time run by an Ivy competitor at the competition. Senior Kaitlin Whitehorn of Dartmouth posted 11.97, while Yale’s Sydney Cureton ran 12.02, which is a new career best for the senior. Brown sophomore Audrea Holt ran 12.23 in her 100m race. Harvard’s quartet 4x100m relay composed of Musa, Franklin, Miller and senior Christi Scott clocked 45.01.
Jennifer Meech had a standout set of performances in the 200m and 400m. The Dartmouth senior ran 24.52 to finish eighth and 55.12 for tenth, both times are the fastest recorded among her Ivy competitors at this meet. Harvard’s Scott ran 24.74 in the 200m followed by senior Emmaline Suchland who ran 25.07 for Brown. Yale’s Shannon McDonnell fell short of breaking her career best record in the 800m running 2:07.09 for fifth. Brown sophomore and junior Clare Peabody and Taylor Worthy ran 2:10.73 and 2:10.82 respectively. In the 1500m, Harvard junior Paige Kouba took third with her time of 4:16.52. Junior Frances Schmiede ran 4:17.70 for sixth, setting a program record for Yale and the eighth fastest mark in conference history. Dartmouth senior Dana Giordano was the next finisher in 4:20.53.
Sophomore Dana Klein made her 3000m steeplechase debut running 10:45.74. Brown junior Lucy Van Kleunen finished with a time of 10:46.98, followed by Yale’s Rachel Jones who ran 11:07.60, a 45 second personal best for the junior. Teammate Elizabeth McDonald ran the 10,000m in 35:08.13, posting a personal best. Sophomore Kelli Reagan had well over a 30 second career best in the 5000m with her 16:52.99. Whitehorn of Dartmouth took sixth in the high jump invite with a leap of 5-09 1/4. Brown freshman Nicie Jenell Grier- Spratley took second in the open high jump with a clearance of 5-07 1/4 while teammate junior Shanelle DeJournett and Frantz of Dartmouth cleared 5-05 ¼.
Senior O’Shea Williams competed in the invite triple jump for Brown. Her 41-10 1/2 jump was good for fifth in the event and is the tenth best mark in conference history. Teammates Chelsie Churchill and Rachel Van Metre jumped 37 -08 1/2 and 37-04 1/2 respectively. In the throws, Harvard junior Nikki Okwelogu released a 180-08 discus for fourth place, which became her new career best and second best throw in Ivy history. In the shot put Okwelogu broke her meet record and took the gold with her 55-03 throw. Harvard senior Allison Morrison collected 5,042 points in the heptathlon event. Brown’s senior and sophomore pair Heather Sweeney and Carly Paul earned 4,571 and 4,514 points respectively.
Larry Ellis Invitational – Becky Wexler
A mighty Ivy contingent headed to Princeton this weekend for the Larry Ellis Invitational. No team scores were kept, but there were many highlights for current Heps athletes as well as some Heps Nation alumni.
On the men’s side, event winners included Princeton sophomore Carrington Akosa (200m, 21.25, a PR and second in the conference); Cornell senior Ben Rainero (5,000m, 14:04.27 [PR]); Cornell senior Max Hairston (110m hurdles, 13.95, which ties his conference-leading time); Cornell’s 4x100m relay team of Ryan Hynes, Larry Gibson, Alex Beck and Zach Menchaca (40.43, conference leader and #9 in conference history); and Penn junior Noah Kennedy-White (discus, 176-01).
Other notable performances included Cornell freshman Menchaca running a superfast, but wind-aided conference-leading time of 10.61 in the 100m; Hairston running a conference-leading time of 52.29 in the 400m hurdles; Princeton sophomores Garrett O’Toole and Noah Kauppila running 3:41.85 and 3:43.38, respectively, in the 1,500m; Penn sophomore Michael Monroe equaling his conference lead of 7-00 ½ in the high jump (Cornell sophomore Myles Lazarou was third in a PR of 6-11 ½); Princeton senior Jake Scinto jumping 23-06 in the long jump; Princeton sophomore Mitchel Charles throwing 174-10 in the discus; and Dartmouth sophomore Colin Minor throwing 205-07 in the hammer.
Henry Sterling (Dartmouth ’14), now competing for the New England Distance Project, won the 3,000m steeplechase in 8:42.09.
On the women’s side, Penn sophomore Taylor McCorkle had an awesome meet, winning both the 100m in 11.71, a wind-legal PR, and the 200m in a PR of 23.98. Other event winners included Princeton senior Cecilia Barowski, who beat many professionals (including Greta Feldman, Princeton ‘13 and Jesse Carlin, Penn ‘08) to win the 800m in 2:03.05; Penn freshman Olivia Ryan (3,000m, 9:59.64); and Princeton junior Allison Harris (pole vault, 13-07 ¼).
Of note: Barowski’s big 800 win was on Friday night in the fast heat, but she also competed again on Saturday (along with several other of her teammates doing the same) and won the slower round of the 800m in 2:06.99. Good practice for the rounds in Eugene!
Other women’s highlights included Princeton sophomore Kennedy O’Dell with a huge, league-leading hammer throw of 181-07; Columbia sophomore Akua Obeng-Akrofi with a PR of 54.36 to place third in the 400m; Penn junior Ashley Montgomery and Princeton junior Kaitlin Hanss going 2-3 in the 1,500m in PRs of 4:20.28 and 4:22.63, respectively (a 12+ second PR for Hanss); and Princeton senior Emily de la Bruyere running 10:06.26 in the 3,000m steeplechase, a race that was won by Princeton alumna Ashley Higginson in 9:42.18. de La Bruyere’s time is the seventh fastest in conference history.
It was the Columbia show in the triple jump: Nadia Eke (Columbia ’15), who hopes to represent Ghana at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won her specialty in 44-04 ¼. Columbia junior Anna Williams was third behind Eke with a PR of 41-10, and Columbia senior Adefunke Sonaike wasn’t far behind with a jump of 39-09 ¼.
George Davis Invitational – Mary Boggs
Brown sent portions of their teams to the George Davis Invitational in Lowell, Ma. On Saturday for another opportunity to compete in good weather conditions. While they did not field athletes in every event, both teams finished in third place behind hosts UMass Lowell and New Hampshire in both competitions.
Rookie Franco Martins was the only overall winner for either of the Brown teams as he won the 2 mile race in 9:19.96. Taylor Alarcon was the top scorer for the Brown men for the day as he finished as he earned 20 points in the long jump (22-02 ¼) and triple jump (45-10 ¾) by being the top scorer in both events. Brown’s best showing was in the men’s 800m where three Bears finished in the top 4 of the event. Max Haensel (1:53.40) led a 2-3-4 finish with rookie Christian Bermel (1:54.24) and Cameron McKie (1:55.71). Alan Yoho finished third in the 1500m (3:59.54) where Cornell alum John Schilkowsky won in 3:56.70. Rookies Paul Touma (triple jump, 44-04 ¼) and Nicholas Wingnot (discus, 151-07) both finished third in their respective events while Mark Buda was second in the javelin throw with a distance of 200-01.
Michelle Bazile finished in the top 3 or was the top scorer in each of her events of the day. She was the top scorer in both the shot put (40-10 ½) and hammer throw (168-01) while she finished second overall I the discus (135-03). Bazile’s hammer performance is a new season’s best that places her fourth in the conference standings. Rookie Gwenyth Winship (200m – 26.15), Charlotte Walmsley (800m – 2:19.49), Shandell Scott (long jump, 17-04 ¼), and Rachel McMahon (triple jump – 34-11 ¼) finished third in their respective events.
Cornell Outdoor Upstate Challenge – L. Kelsey Armstrong
Some of Cornell’s team stayed at home to host the Cornell Outdoor Upstate Challenge. Both the men and the women had some good performances as they prepare for Heps and beyond.
The women had a total of ten victories, led by the throwers where they won every event. Taylor Baker had the most impressive performance with a personal record victory in the hammer throw. Her heave of 171-05 moved her to third in the conference. Teammates Autumn Covington, Sochima Bishop and Leena Morris followed in second (159-08), third (152-01/4) and fourth (146-01) places respectively. Morris and Taylor Drayton finished 1-2 in the shotput with distances of 42-08 and 37-08 respectively. Camryn Goodman won the discus throw in 146-02 1/2, while leading a top four team sweep of Drayton (143-10 ¾ – #7 in the conference), Baker (138-10 1/2) and Morris (122-00 3/4). Kacie Hargett completed the throwers’ dominance with a winning throw of 113-06 in the javelin. The other event winners include Christabel Ezidiegwu’s windy 38-03 triple jump performance while leading Gaynelle Boham (2nd – 38-02 3/4w) and Hillary Holmes (3rd – 37-04 1/2w) to a sweep. Holmes also won the long jump with 17-05 1/4, besting Kristen Fawole (3rd – 16-10 3/4) and Ololade Afolayan (4th – 16-08). Jasmine Robinson (14.78) led a sweep in the 100m hurdles with Kayla Wong (14.89) and Cassidy Jenkins (15.21). Briar Brumley also led a sweep in the 1500m (4:41.74) with Anne Charles (4:47.43) and rookie Mary Berger (4:48.19). Rochelle Forbes won the 200m (25.66), while Sarah Hall won the 800m in 2:20.14. Other notable performances include Forbes’s windy second place finish in the 100m (12.43w), Carrillo’s third place in the 400m (62.21), Chinonye Uche’s third place 400m hurdles finish in 69.18, by Kayleigh Carrillo in third in the 200m (26.60), Alexis Bartholomew’s second place in the pole vault (11-09 ¾ – #7 in the conference), Zoe Camillaci’s third place in the pole vault (10-10), and the 4 X 400m placing in third in 4:26.02.
The men had seven event wins, which was again highlighted by the throwers. Rob Robbins started the outdoor season with a colossal winning throw of 234-10 3/4 in the javelin, easily the league leader and the 21st best in the nation. This was Robbins’ first competition since April 2014. Teammate Vincent Harnett followed in second place with a throw of 175-03 3/4. Rudy Winkler continued his impressive seasons with a winning 231-11 throw in the hammer throw, followed by Martin Murillo’s second place 184-11 1/4 effort. Jacob Shaffer moved up to #7 in the conference with a 163-07 3/4 win the discus, followed by Kevin Benson’s 155-05 1/2 second place throw. The non-throwing wins include a sprint double by Jonathan Avery (10.87/22.24), Josh Dyrland in the 3000m steeplechase (9:30.45), followed by Patrick Murphy in third place (9:46.65), and the 4 X 400m team in 3:25.30. The other noteworthy performances were the 2-3-4-5-6 placing of Rutger Admirand (1:56.33), Jared Failor (1:56.56), Ross Clarke, Brandon Phillips and Tim Boston in the 800m, the runner up position of Edgar Eason III in the pole vault (14-03 1/4), Benson placing second in the shot put in 42-09 3/4 and a quartet of third place finishes in the 400m by William Gibson (51.74), 1500m by Roc Johnson (4:03.70), the 110m Hurdles by Christian Belardi (15.43w) and the triple jump by Sean Waterton (44-06 3/4).
photo from Brown Track’s twitter