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Men's Distance Medley Relay Wins at Penn Relays Championship

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/27/2012
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications


PHILADELPHIA (4/27/12) - For the second straight year the Princeton men's track & field team has won a championship at Penn Relays.

The distance medley relay of senior Joe Stilin, sophomore Tom Hopkins, sophomore Michael Williams and Donn Cabral posted a time of 9:42.45 to win the race. Stilin started the relay off with a 2:59 in 1200 meters, before Hopkins ran one lap in 46.3 for the second leg. Williams ran 1:51.4 in 800 meters and Cabral anchored with a 4:05.8 in the final 1600 meters.

Princeton won the 4xMile last year capturing the program's first championship at the Penn Relays since 1931. Cabral was a member of that relay, along with Mark Amirault '11, Kyle Soloff '11 and Chris Bendtsen '14.

The Tigers beat out relays from nationally-ranked squads No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 7 Indiana, No. 10 Texas, No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 22 Oregon. Princeton itself is ranked No. 24 in the national rankings.

In other events today, Adam Bragg was the runner-up in the College pole vault clearing 4.95 (16-2.75). In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Nilan Schnure ran 56.15 and Tom Scott 56.41.

The Tigers are scheduled to compete in four final events tomorrow afternoon, while also taking part in the TCNJ Lions Invitational.

In the News

Cabral Anchors Princeton Win in DMR - Philadelphia Inquirer
Cabral Anchors Tigers to Win at Penn Relays - Comcast SportsNet
Oregon, Princeton Win Big at Relays - ESPN.com
Princeton Pulls the IVY Upset - PennRelays.com

Quotes from PennRelays.com

Steve Dolan
Coach - Princeton
I'm so proud of the guys and it's so exciting. We were able to win that 4xMile last year, and we got a taste of it. We said all year we wanted to come back and win a relay this year. To a man they ran great legs. Those were some of the great DMR's, and we feel very fortunate to have gotten that win today.

Donn Cabral
Anchor - Princeton
I could hear the announcer say it was a packed race and everyone was back in it. I always kinda feel that I'd rather be in the lead at a comfortable pace, then having to go around people making moves. I figured if I could stay comfortable and keep a last gear or two for the last two hundred meters then I'd have as good a chance as any one. (on Penn Relays) This is awesome, I didn't get to do it in high school, so I'm getting my moneys worth in college.

Michael Williams
3rd Leg - Princeton
When I got the baton in the lead I was like, "I gotta go out hard and make these guys chase me." The whole week... I knew we were gonna have a good shot at it. As it was happening I was like, "This is unreal, I can't believe this." When they announced Princeton wins I just kinda went bezerk, I was like, "This is crazy" it's really unbelievable. This is about as good as it gets for track.

Tom Hopkins
2nd Leg - Princeton
When I saw Joe kick with over 400 meters to go, he systematically took over the race, I just felt like we could be the team to win the DMR on this day. Taking that victory lap, ever since I took those first few steps on the track I was in this blissful state. It was a very unreal experience.

Joe Stilin
1st Leg - Princeton
I wanted to get the stick to Tom, and break up the field a bit. If I could get it to Tom with just two or three teams still around me I would say that was a success. I decided to just go for it, and I kinda jumped the field, and surprised some of the guys a little bit. I was able to get the baton to Tom in first place and I think that gave the team confidence. We're trying to build Coach Dolan a wagon with Penn Relays discs. Right now we have a bicycle and tomorrow we are trying to move up to a tricycle.

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