Cool, cloudy, and rainy conditions continued in Philadelphia, but they did not hamper HepsNation performances too much at Franklin Field. Three of yesterday’s performances were good enough to break into the conference top-10 all-time lists.
In the College Women 4×100 Championship of America final, Cornell proved to be the fastest Ivy team. The Big Red women finished seventh with a time of 46.13, steps ahead of the Penn Quakers (8th – 46.39). The Cornell lineup was Adrian Jones, Udeme Akpaete, Taysia Radoslav, and Ellen Shepard, while the Penn lineup was Barbara Biney, Taylor McCorkle, Allysha Davis, and Imani Solan. Oregon won the wheel with a time of 43.44, where Harvard alumna Danielle Barbian was the lead-off leg. Baribian later qualified for the College Women 100m final, where she ran 11.77 – the sixth fastest time in the field. Minutes later, Columbia competed in the College Women 4×100 College final. Iris Chijioke, Jaycee Parker, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, and Ashley Cunningham finished ninth in the race with a time of 47.21.
In the next Championship of America final for the Ivy Leaguers, Yale broke into the conference all-time top 10 in the 4x1500m relay. The Bulldog quartet of Shannon McDonnell (4:32.3), Frances Schmiede (4:25.6), Meredith Rizzo (4:29.1), and Emily Waligurski (4:28.6) ran 17:55.55 – the 5th fastest time in conference history and a new school record – to finish 5th overall in the race. Princeton also finished in the top 8 of the event with a time of 18:16.71. Their team comprised of Kaitlin Hanss, Emily de La Bruyere, Alexandra Markovich, and Kathryn Fluehr.
The Penn men broke a 44 year old school record during the College Men Distance Medley Relay Championship of America race. Chris Hatler (2:57.81), Jeff Wiseman (46.82), Elias Graca (1:51.20), and Thomas Awad (4:01.42) ran a time of 9:37.25 to finish third in the field, breaking the previous school record by 2 seconds and running the seventh fastest time in Ivy League history. What was better was that the members of the previous school record team were in attendance to watch the record be broken (shown in the photo above). Princeton’s team with Luke Brahm (3:00.60), Ray Mennin (47.36), Noah Kauppila (1:49.45), and Garrett O’Toole (4:01.86) finished sixth in the race with a time of 9:39.25.
Cornell ran the second fastest shuttle hurdle relay time in conference history, as Max Hairston, Wynndham Curtis, Austin Jamerson, and Austin Lyons ran 57.65 to finish second overall in the College Men Shuttle Hurdle Relay Championship of America. In the women’s equivalent, Princeton had the top hurdling quartet as Ellie Randolph, Kerry Krause, Taylor Morgan, and Maia Craver finished fourth overall in 58.80. Cornell also fielded a team – Jasmine Robinson, Kayla Wong, Cassidy Jenkins, Kat Quigley – who finished 7th in 59.53.
Columbia also had some of their athletes doubling back from the 4×100 final to run a second relay event yesterday – the Lady Lions quartet of Ashley Cunningham, Akua Obeng-Akrofi, Jaycee Parker, and Devon Towell (2:15.50) ran the College Women Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America, finishing eighth overall in 3:59.73.
Three Ivy teams and one individual qualified for their respective finals that will be held on Saturday:
Other Relays results:
The Penn Relays concludes today. You can watch the meet from 12:30 to 3pm ET on NBC Sports Network or their online stream (check your cable provider if you have channel access).