Racing By Twilight


HepsNation athletes from four schools and some New England-based running groups participated in the Battle Road Twilight Meet #1 on Saturday night.  The athletes put up a number of competitive performances, especially in the mid-distance events, which will help in the NCAA Regional rankings.

Three undergraduates claimed individual titles at the meet.  Columbia rookie Sam Ritz won the men’s 800m in 1:51.01, edging out Dartmouth alum Steve Mangan (1:52.00), Columbia teammate Josiah Langstaff (1:52.43), and Brown’s Max Haensel (1:52.46).  Taylor Worthy led a 1-2-3-4 Brown finish in the women’s 1500m, as Worthy won in 4:26.30, followed by Clare Peabody (4:29.34), Alexis Van Pernis (4:31.33), and Emma Sloan (4:32.21).  The Brown women also won in a second event, as Gwenyth Winship won the 400m with the only finishing time under 60 seconds (57.66).

Dartmouth’s Adam Couitt was the top collegian in two events – the 100m (3rd, 11.02) and 200m (2nd, 22.46).

Columbia’s Rob Napolitano ran a new personal best in the 1,500m to finish second in the event – 3:44.33 – about 3 seconds ahead of his teammate Ben Ritz, who was third in 3:46.31.  Napolitano’s time ranks him 35th in the East Region.  Another Lion ran a new personal best at the meet – Brittney Wade (shown above), as she ran 2:06.17 in the women’s 800m, which is the second fastest time in the conference this year.  She finished 6th in the event and is good enough to rank 24th in the East Region.

Other top HepsNation performers include Megan Krumpoch (Dartmouth alumna, third in the 800m in 2:04.32), John Bleday (Dartmouth alum, third in the 3,000m in 8:40.55), Harvard’s Tom Purnell (fourth in the 5km in 14:28.58), and Dartmouth’s Lillian Anderson (17:47.88).

photo by Bill Shearn

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