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Archive for January, 2010
What we know so far from the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, which is showing live on ESPN2:
• The Penn men finished fifth in the college 4×400-meter relay, struggling a bit on the sharp turns on the short course. The Quakers finished in 3:29.47, just about 10 seconds behind Mississippi State (3:19.44).
• The Cornell men took fourth in the 4×800-meter relay in 7:39.81. The Virginia Cavaliers were the victors, finishing in 7:32.49.
• Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson took third in the shot put in 67-3 1/2. He fouled on three of his four attempts, including a spectacular fall on his opening throw. Christian Cantwell won the event with a best toss of 72-0 1/4.
• Harvard graduate Becky Christensen was tied for third in the high jump with a clearance of 5-8 3/4 while champion Sheree Francis of Jamaica eclipsed the bar at 6-2.
The famed Millrose Games are taking place tomorrow (Friday) in Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan. This is the 103rd running of the Games, which began when the Millrose Track Club was formed by employees of Wanamaker’s department store with the purpose of forming a meet.
Two several-time Heps champions will be competing with Harvard graduate Becky Christensen looking for a high jump crown and Dartmouth’s Adam Nelson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, putting the shot. Live coverage will begin on ESPN2 at 8 pm.
Heps Track’s Rich Sands has previewed the meet for TV Guide and will be covering for Track & Field News.
A funny thing happened yesterday when I sent out invitations to attend Indoor Heps to the 200 or so people who had joined the Friends of Heps Track Facebook group. About 170 people either confirmed attendance or responded that they might make it. Yet another 130 said that they couldn’t be there in person.
Turns out, anyone can send out the Facebook Indoor Heps invitation and we strongly encourage you to send it to everyone you think might have an interest — fellow alums, teammates, other parents, boosters, etc. Click here to respond (and while you are at it, please sign up for our Friends group. Both are completely free and easy!).
As Harvard welcomes Dartmouth, UConn and Stonehill to its multi-meet at Gordon Track in Cambridge, Mass., this weekend, there will be no question who the greatest athlete on the track will be.
That’s because GoCrimson.com is reporting that Bryan Clay, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, will be competing in the heptathlon on Friday and Saturday. Day one will have Clay and his fellow multi-eventers competing in the 60-meter dash, the long jump, shot put and high jump. On Saturday comes the 60-meter hurdles, 1,000 meter run and the pole vault.
Clay picked up his first gold medal in Beijing after taking home the silver in Athens in 2004. He is the 2005 and 2008 World Indoor champion, a three-time USA Outdoor champion and two-time World Indoor Silver Medalist. Click here for more on Clay.
Brown — Junior Brynn Smith earned two titles at Harvard’s Paul Turner Select Meet in Cambridge, Mass., claiming both the shot put (49-1 1/2) and the weight throw (53-5) … In the shot, senior teammate Danielle Grunloh was close behind with a best of 47-9 3/4 … Other Brown winners included junior Lucy Higgins in the 200 (26.19), senior Jasmine Chukwueke in the 400 (57.13), freshman Olivia Thomas in the 800 (2:17.82), junior Michaeline Nelson in the mile (5:03.24) and sophomore Susan Scavone in the 60 hurdles (8.99) … For the men, sophomore Matt Duffy earned the Bears’ best finish, a second-place showing in the mile in a time of 4:17.23.
Columbia — Not only did the Lion women take the team title over Dartmouth and Yale at an Ivy tri-meet in Hanover, N.H., they broke some long-standing records in the process … Sophomore Monique Roberts won the high jump, clearing 5-11 1/4 thus shattering a 12-year-old Light Blue record, held by Sarah Feely since 1998 … Her clearance is one of the nation’s top 10 in this young season … Meanwhile, freshman Nnenna Okwara took little time to make her mark, setting a school record in the weight throw (49-6 1/4) in her first collegiate meet … That broke the mark set by Cecilia Delgardo in 1994 … Additional individual first-place finishes came from sophomore Sarah Engle (12-0 in the pole vault), freshman Dora Vegvari (18-1 1/2 in the long jump), junior Jacqueline Drouin (4:56.49 in the mile), sophomore Uzunma Udeh (37-11 1/4 in the triple jump), sophomore Kyra Caldwell (9.02 in the 60m hurdles) and first-year Uju Ofoche (57.45 in the 400m run) … The 4x400m relay squad of Caldwell, Sharay Hale, Yamira Bell and Kristen Houp took first in the 4×400-meter relay (3:48.21), just a second shy of the school record … The Lion men sent primarily a distance squad to Hanover and sophomore Matthew Casey was the team’s lone individual winner, taking the 3000m run in 8:30.09 while the 4x800m relay team won in 7:58.88.
Cornell — Coach Nathan Taylor’s team cruised to an easy team victory at the Upstate Challenge, scoring nearly three times as many points (285) as the nearest finisher (Buffalo, 103) … And the hardest earned points came from sophomore Nick Huber, who broke the school record in the heptathlon, racking up 5,191 points … Senior Duane Teixeira will be flirting with the 25-foot long jump, as he posted a 24-5 this early in the season while his classmate Gary Jones is with 10 inches of 50-foot in the triple (49-2 1/2) … Freshman Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon ran the fourth best 60-meter time in school history (6.90) … For the women, sophomore speedster Melissa Hewitt was a double winner, taking both the 60 (7.58) and the 200 (25.15) … Second behind her in the 200 in 25.62 was senior Jessica Weyman, who won the 400 in a swift 56.61 … Meanwhile, on the graduate side of the aisle, 2005 graduate Amber McGown ran in the Elite Mile at the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York over the weekend, finishing eighth in a field which included Erin Donahue, Nicole Edwards and Sarah Bowman … Next up for Cornell is “Collegiate Night at the Armory” on Saturday, a scored meet featuring Virginia, Villanova, Syracuse, Princeton, Columbia and Albany.
Dartmouth — Junior David Irving had a huge personal-best in the weight throw, an Ivy best toss of 61-4 3/4 as the Big Green won a tri-meet with Yale and Columbia in Hanover, N.H. … But it continues to be senior captain Ted Lesher who racks up huge point totals … Lesher won the 60-meter hurdles (8.59) and the triple jump (46-9) while taking second in the long jump (22-5 3/4) … Coach Barry Harwick’s team also claimed the vertical events with sophomore Robert Contuzzi winning the high jump (6-4 3/4) and freshman Barret Folk clearing 15-0 for victory in the vault … The duel between freshman Connor Reilly and senior captain Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor continues as the two went one-two again in the 60-meter dash … While it is way too early to speculate on results, it has been at least a decade since the Big Green has had two top-five finishers in the Indoor Heps sprint race and this year Dartmouth has a home track advantage … Reilly was one of three individual freshman winners for Dartmouth, joined by Anthony Romaniw (2:29.08 in the 1,000m) and Adam Doherty (4:17.23 in the mile) … On the women’s side, freshmen Emmaline Berg and Kaitlyn D’Orazio continued to impress … Berg won the shot put with a heave of 43-8 1/2 while D’Orazio claimed the top spot in the 800m run (2:18.22).
Harvard — The Crimson squads had successful showings at their own Paul Turner Select Meet … In the women’s dual meet, Harvard beat Brown, 67-54, winning six events, including point sweeps in the high jump, long jump, and 60m dash, and winning both the mile and distance medley relays … Junior Dina Emde became the second Crimson woman to qualify for ECACs, winning the high jump in 5-7 … But the highest point scorers from the meet came from a pair of freshman … Ashtynn Baltimore won the 60m dash (8.14) and came second in the long jump (17-9 1/2) behind classmate Olivia Weeks’ 18-1 3/4, who also won the triple jump (37-10 1/2) … The winning DMR squad (Jeanine Mack, Carlyle Davis, Meg Looney, and Kailyn Kuzmuk) posted a 11:53.48, which currently leads the League … Senior co-captain Jack Brady won both the shot put (54-2 3/4) and weight throw (59-8 1/2) to serve as the top Crimson scorer for the men … The other Crimson event winner was frosh Kenneth Wang Kan in the long jump with a distance of 22-0 3/4 … Wang Kan also placed fourth in the 60m dash, one of five events where multiple athletes placed in the top four to score team points (as well as the 800m run, long jump, shot put and weight throw) … Sophomore Darcy Wilson qualified for a second event at IC4As, this time in the 800m, where he placed second with a 1:54.88 … The Harvard squads will split next week as the Crimson host the Harvard Multi-Meet and travel to Boston University for the Terrier Invitational. (report filed by Mary Boggs)
Penn — Coach Charlie Powell’s men were fourth of 27 teams competing in the Great Dane Classic at New York City’s historic Armory Track and Field Center on Friday … Of the top three finishers in the mile, two were Quakers as both junior Jeff Weinstein and sophomore James Finucane hit the finish line with IC4A qualifying times … In fact, it took a meet-record finish from Albany’s Sean Halpin to beat them as Weinstein topped his previous best in 4:11.07 with Finucane right behind in 4:13.32 … For Coach Gwen Harris’ women, freshman Leslie Kovach was named as the Athlete of the Meet for breaking the meet record in the 5,000 meters, finishing 24 seconds ahead of the competition in 17:08.46 … That was the sixth-best time in school history and an ECAC qualifier … Following that, sophomore Leah Brown nearly eclipsed a school record in the 55-meter dash, finishing in 7.23 … That was just shy of the Penn mark of 7.21, last matched by Izu Emeagwali in 2005.
Princeton — Both Tiger squads had successful showings at the Princeton Invitational over the weekend … The men’s performance was highlighted by the mid-distance events, with junior Kyle Soloff’s 4:09 leading seven Tigers under 4:22 in the mile and freshman standout Nathan Mathabane’s 2:26 1000m leading four Tigers under 2:29 … Freshman Russell Dinkins won the 800 by more than four seconds in 1:53.37 … For sprints, three of the six finalists in the 60m were Tigers led by sophomore Ivan Charbonneau’s 6.94 … Junior Mike Eddy finished over a full second ahead of the next collegiate finisher in the 300, clocking 34.74 … In the field, senior Justin Frick and junior Dion Lehman achieved NCAA provisional marks in their respective jumps … Frick high jumped 7-0 1/4 to win over classmate Ian Fox’s 6-11 … Lehman long jumped 24-2 1/2 with senior Scott Henkelman as the second collegiate finisher at 23-0 … The Tigers swept the pole vault led by the League’s indoor record-holder Dave Slovenski’s 16-4 3/4 … On the women’s side, newly crowned school record-holder freshman Tory Worthen continued her hot start in the pole vault by clearing 12-7 1/2 … Junior K.C. Wade won the high jump in 5-5 … Tigers went 1-2-4 in the weight throw led by Emma Ruggiero’s toss of 53-1 1/2 … In addition to finishing fourth in the weight, junior Thanithia Billings finished second in the shot with a put of 46-4 … Junior Tiffany Liu finished second in the long jump in 18-0 1/2 and third in the triple with a leap of 37-2 1/4 … On the track, freshmen sprinters Abby Adenikinju and Erin Guty went 2-3 in the 60m with times of 7.76 and 7.80, respectively … Princeton’s distance runners swept the 1000m with sophomore Alex Banfich winning in 2:57.08, followed within a second by juniors Ashley Higginson and Liz Deir … All three had run on the DMR earlier in the night. (report filed by Tyler King)
Yale — Both the Bulldog men and women finished second in the annual tri-meet featuring Yale, Dartmouth and Columbia … Highlights for the women included victories in five events on the track … School record holder Claudia Duncan won the 500-meter run with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:15.34 while junior 800m school record holder and All-American Kate Grace had a narrow escape to win the 1,000m run … Senior distance runner Alex Cadicamo also turned in an impressive performance, winning the 3,000m run with a personal record of 10:00.87 … In the short sprints, Yale women picked up 16 of a possible 18 points as freshman Adele Jackson-Gibson led teammates Emily Shulan and Merieme Mbaye in a 1-2-3 sweep with a time of 7.96 in the 60-meter dash … Shulan came back later in the day to win the 200m dash in a season-best 26.45 … On the men’s side, veteran long jumper Reynolds Holmes defended his 2009 long jump title with a season best and IC4A qualifying leap of 23-2 3/4 … Junior sprinter Marty Evans won both the 200m and 400m, clocking season bests of 22.31 and 49.92 respectively … Other Eli winners included the 4×400 (Evans, Chris Stanley, Remi Ray, David Soiles) which posted its second IC4A qualifying mark of the year (3:19.79), Ray, the school record holder in the 500m, who cruised to victory in the event (1:05.27) and junior thrower David Smith who won the shot put (48-4 3/4) … Freshman mid-distance specialist Chris Ramsey won the 800m run by nearly a second with an indoor PR of 1:55.83 … Another notable performance was the second-place finish of freshman weightman Mike Levine with a personal best and freshman record weight throw of 55-1, just one centimeter short of an IC4A qualifying mark. (report filed by Murat Kayali)