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The men’s 1,500m kicked off our block of preliminary rounds for the day. Two heats are scheduled, with the top four in each heat and then the next 2 fastest make it to the Sunday finals. Top seed James Randon of Yale secured his bid to tomorrow’s finals by dropping a 55 second final 400m, running 3:47.20 to win heat 1. Penn’s Chris Hatler finished second in 3:47.68, followed by Columbia’s Ben Ritz (3:48.74) and Dartmouth’s Tim Gorman (3:48.88) as the remaining autos. The second heat was won by Cornell’s James Gowans in 3:54.31. The heat was more tactical as the auto qualifiers had a tighter finish with Princeton’s Garrett O’Toole in 3:54.33, Columbia’s Rob Napolitano in 3:54.40, and Princeton’s Luke Brahm in 3:54.90. This resulted in the at-large qualifiers coming from heat 1 – Cornell’s Sam Baxter (3:49.04) and Columbia’s Spencer Haik (3:49.38).
The men’s hurdles take the top 3 in each heat and the next 2 fastest. Yale’s Paedyn Gomes took heat 1 in 14.33, while Penn’s Ben Bowers (14.34) and Cornell’s Austin Jamerson (14.47). Yes, Jamerson is doubling up with the decathlon and the hurdles. Cornell’s Max Hairston set a new meet record in heat 2 to win in 13.86, while Princeton’s Greg Caldwell (14.31) and Harvard’s Jay Hebert (14.34) got the other autos. A pair of freshmen got the at-large qualifiers: Cornell’s Austin Lyons (14.52) and Dartmouth’s Alex Eschholz (14.42).
Cornell also send another three men to the 400m final, led by Tobe Attah’s leading time of 47.15 to win heat 2. Yale’s Marc-Andre Alexandre – the defending champion – had the second fastest qualifier in 47.69 to take heat 3, while Princeton’s Ray Mennin – the Indoor Heps champ – won heat 1 in 47.86. Other qualifiers include Penn’s Jeff Wiseman (48.24), Cornell’s Michael Smith (48.32), Columbia’s Johanan Sowah (48.50), Cornell’s Larry Gibson (48.55), and Columbia’s Yelnats Calvin (48.57).
Penn’s Thomas Pitt only needed three jumps to claim his first Ivy League title. He won the men’s long jump with a distance of 23-11. Cornell’s Alex Rodriguez was one inch back, 23-10, to finish in second place and leading a Cornell 2-3-4 finish with Kelsey Nedd and Jamerson (who only got three jumps in due to his obligations in the decathlon and hurdles).
====================================================================================== Ivy League: # 26-02 1985 Chris Chrysostomou, Cornell Ivy League: # 26-02 1985 Eugene Profit, Yale Championship: C 26-02 1985 Chris Chrysostomou, Cornell Championship: C 26-02 1985 Eugene Profit, Yale IC4A: I 7.00m Name Year School Finals Wind Points ====================================================================================== Finals 1 Pitt, Thomas SR Penn 7.29mI 0.5 23-11.00 10 FOUL 7.29m(0.5) 7.20m(0.8) PASS PASS PASS 2 Rodriguez, Alex SO Cornell 7.26mI 0.1 23-10.00 8 7.12m(1.3) 7.19m(1.0) 7.26m(0.1) 6.94m(-1.3) 6.76m(-0.1) 7.04m(0.6) 3 Nedd, Kelsey SO Cornell 7.22mI 1.0 23-08.25 6 7.09m(+0.0) 7.22m(1.0) 6.46m(+0.0) FOUL FOUL 4 Jamerson, Austin JR Cornell 7.22mI 0.5 23-08.25 4 7.22m(0.5) PASS PASS PASS 6.68m(0.2) 6.65m(+0.0) 5 Scinto, Jake SR Princeton 7.11mI -1.9 23-04.00 2 6.95m(1.8) 7.00m(1.2) 7.11m(-1.9) 6.97m(-0.0) 6.97m(1.0) FOUL 6 Muggler, Corey JR Dartmouth 7.02mI 0.7 23-00.50 1 7.02m(0.7) 6.82m(1.0) FOUL 6.40m(+0.0) 6.47m(0.8) 7.01m(NWI)
Even with three-time defending champion Julia Ratcliffe taking the season off, Princeton will be taking home another women’s hammer crown as Kennedy O’Dell won in 180-09. Brown’s Michelle Bazile set a huge new personal best to get All-Ivy honors – a distance of 173-11.
================================================================================= Ivy League: # 230-07 2014 Julia Ratcliffe, Princeton Championship: C 223-07 5/9/2015 Julia Ratcliffe, Princeton ECAC: E 51.00m Name Year School Finals Points ================================================================================= Finals 1 O'Dell, Kennedy SO Princeton 55.10mE 180-09 10 50.78m 53.36m 49.87m FOUL 52.98m 55.10m 2 Bazile, Michelle SO Brown 53.01mE 173-11 8 48.75m 51.76m FOUL 53.01m 50.75m 50.18m 3 Rowe, Brielle SR Princeton 51.67mE 169-06 6 50.40m 51.33m FOUL 49.99m 49.72m 51.67m 4 Wilson, Rachel FR Penn 50.61m 166-00 4 FOUL 50.61m 47.15m FOUL 48.95m 49.15m 5 Covington, Autumn FR Cornell 50.55m 165-10 2 50.55m 50.46m FOUL 48.78m 49.98m FOUL 6 Baker, Taylor SO Cornell 50.19m 164-08 1 49.41m FOUL 48.55m 50.19m FOUL 48.27m
The women’s heptathlon has moved on to the shot put. Harvard’s Allison Morrison had the highest clearance in the high jump – 5-07 to get 855 points. The performance moved Morrison into fourth place in the overall standings. Her teammade Madison Hansen has extended her overall lead to 1806 points after three events, 52 points ahead of Princeton’s Taylor Morgan (1754 points). Dartmouth’s Allison Frantz sits in third with 1735 points, while Morrison is in fourth with 1713 points.
Back to the track preliminary rounds – Cornell freshman Zach Menchaca sprinted into the championship meet top 10 listing with his preliminary round time of 10.51 – ties him as #8 in meet history. He is one of four Cornellians who made the 100m final, along with Alex Beck (10.73), Brailin Paulino (10.76), and Ryan Hynes (10.83). Princeton got three into the final, led by Carrington Akosa (10.62) as well as Charles Volker (10.78) and Josh Billington (10.75). Brown’s Ryan Kelly (10.72) is the lone non-Red or Orange/Black in the sprint final.
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