PRINCETON, N.J. (5/1/13) - The Princeton men's track & field team looks for outdoor title No. 15 when it hosts the 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships this weekend, May 4-5 at Weaver Stadium. The Tigers have won the outdoor title the last two years and have won 14 in program history.
The Tigers biggest competitor is once again Cornell. The Big Red are the only other team that has won outdoor Heps besides Princeton in the last 10 years. Princeton hopes to avenge its one-point loss to Cornell from the indoor season on its home turf.
SPRINTS & HURDLES
Freshmen John Hill and Dre Nelson pack a punch in the sprints. The duo were both scorers in the indoor 60 and look to again in the outdoor season in the 100. Hill has the sixth-best time in the league at 10.74, with Nelson right behind at 10.87. Sophomore Tumi Akinlawson, sophomore Daniel McCord and sophomore Tommaso Greenbaum also have solid times in the 100.
Junior Tom Hopkins has been the runner-up in the 200 the last two years and should vie for the title this year. He has a season-best time of 21.75. Sophomore William Egi was a scorer last year and McCord could also get points.
Hopkins is the reigning champion in the 400. He once again boasts the top time in the league at 47.20. Senior Russell Dinkins and Austin Hollimon have been scorers in the event in the past, and McCord could be a factor as well.
Hollimon owns the second-best time in the league in the 400-meter hurdles, at 52.44. Freshman Jordan Myers and junior Tom Scott rank in the top 11.
Three Tigers rank in the top-10 in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Richard Sheldon, a perennial scorer in this event finishing third the last two years has the fourth-best time in the league at 14.51. Sophomore Rob Mohr is fifth with a 14.55 and freshman Greg Caldwell is sixth at 14.83. Mohr was a scorer last year, and both he and Caldwell scored in the high hurdles indoors.
Princeton owns three of the top-10 times in the league in the 800. Sophomore Bradley Paternostro ranks fifth at 1:49.26, followed by junior Michael Williams at 1:50.97 and senior Nathan Mathabane at 1:51.15. Williams was the runner-up last year, while Dinkins was the runner-up in 2011. Another surprise could be senior Peter Callahan. He won the indoor 800 twice in 2012 and 2010.
Senior Michael Palmisano has the Tigers’ best effort in the 1500 and looks to make up points made by the graduated Joe Stilin and Trevor Van Ackeren.
Last year’s 5k earned the Tigers big points, as they went 1-3-6. Juniors Chris Bendtsen and Tyler Udland are two of those returning scorers. Bendsten has the third-best time in the league in the 5k at 13:57.46 from the Mt. Sac Relay. Udland and senior Michael Franklin have each run under 14:20, while sophomore am Pons is a potential scorer as well.
Princeton has three of the best times in the 10k. A scorer in last year’s 10k, junior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin has the fourth-best time at 29:27.89, while Bendsten is fifth at 29:32.15 and Udland 7th at 29:44.86.
Vying for the steeplechase title are sophomores Eddie Owens and Connor Martin. Owens was third in the event last year, and Martin was sixth. Owens has the third-best time in the league in the event at 9:05.19 while Martin has clocked a 9:15.31 this season.
The top times in the 4x800 and 4x400 belong to the Tigers. The 4x400 set the second-fastest time in league history last weekend at the Penn Relays, posting a 3:06.26, nearly five seconds faster than the next best time in the league. The 4x800 ran a school record of 7:21.62 at the Penn Relays. The 4x100 ranks second at 41.30 and has finished second the last two years.
Junior Damon McLean is a double threat in the jumps. He won both the indoor triple and long jumps to be named the 2013 Ivy League Most Outstanding Field Performer. McLean has a league-best 15.95 (52-4) in the triple jump and a 7.17 (23-6.25) in the long jump. Sophomore Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi should score in the triple as well. He was third last year and has the fourth-best mark in the league at 14.66 (48-1.25). Hopkins has been first or second the last two years in the long jump. He has the fourth-best jump in the league at 7.30 (23-11.5). Newcomer Isaac Serwanga, freshman Jake Scinto, junior Shane Molidor and Akinlawon have each reached over 6.80 this season.
High jumper Omar Jarrett was third in the event in 2011. He has the fourth-best jump this season at 2.08 (6-9.75) Scinto ranks eighth at 1.98 (6-6). Serwanga has also jumped over 1.90.
Princeton went 2-3-4 in the pole vault last spring, but none return this season. Making up those points will be junior David Coneway, freshman Bryan Oslin and junior Brad Pelisek. Coneway and Oslin have both cleared 4.65 (15-3) while Pelisek has reached 4.45 (14-7.25).
Sophomore Scott Rushton owns the Tigers’ best marks in both the shot put and the discus. He has a top-10 mark in the shot put at 16.10 (52-10) and has thrown the discus to 41.47 (136-1).
In the javelin, juniors Alec Bingaman and Brad Pelisek are both in scoring position. Bingaman ranks fifth at 57.95 (190-1) and Pelisek has thrown to 57.80 (189-7).
Pelisek has scored the second-most points in the league in the decathlon this season at 6,771. Sheldon was a scorer for the Tigers the last two seasons. Oslin was fifth in the heptahlon indoors and ranks fifth with 5,541 points this season. Sophomore Stephen Soerens was third in the event last year.