Men's Track & Field Competes for Second Straight Triple Crown
PRINCETON, N.J. (5/3/12) - The Princeton men's track & field team looks to complete its second straight Ivy League triple crown at the 2012 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship May 5-6 at Penn. The Tigers won the cross country and indoor titles this season and swept all three last year in Princeton's historic double triple with the women's team.
Princeton has won 13 total outdoor titles including five in the last nine years.
Sophomore Tom Hopkins in a threat in multiple events, including the 200 and 400. He owns the best time in the league in both events at 21.29 and 46.23, respectively. Hopkins won the 400 during the indoor season and was third in the event last spring. He set the Princeton record in the event last month. He was second in the 200 last spring. Hopkins is also a threat in the long jump winning it last spring and scorer in it twice indoors.
A pair of freshmen sprinters look to put its mark on Heps. William Egi and Daniel McCord both rank in the top-10 in the league in the 100 and 200. Egi ran 10.79 in the 100 and 21.89 in the 200, while McCord has times of 10.81 and 21.69.
The second-best time in the league in the 400 is junior Russell Dinkins at 47.25. Dinkins is a two-time champion in the indoor 500 and was the runner-up in the 800 last spring. Senior Ricky Kearney is a two-time scorer in the indoor 400.
In the short hurdles, freshman Rob Mohr's time of 14.69 ranks fourth in the league, while junior Richard Sheldon's 14.74 is fifth. Mohr finished fourth in the indoors 60-meter hurdles, while Sheldon is a three-time scorer in the both indoor and outdoor hurdles.
DISTANCE & DISTANCE
Princeton will look to its distance corps to bring in big points. Five of the top-10 times in the league in both the 5k and 10k belong to Tigers. Senior Joe Stilin and sophomore Chris Bendtsen have run the 5k in under 14 minutes, with Stilin posting the program record at 13:51.17. Sophomore Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, sophomore Tyler Udland and junior Michael Franklin have clocked in under 14:07. Arroyo Yamin, senior Brian Leung, Udland and senior Thomas Dialynas are 4-7 in the 10k, while Franklin comes in at 10th. Senior Donn Cabral is the two-time defending Heps champion in the 10k, while Arroyo Yamin was a scorer last year and Leung in 2009. Cabral boasts the league's top time in the steeplechase at 8:39.92 and he's won the event the last two years. Freshman Connor Martin is second in the league at 8:57.61. Senior Tyler King and freshman Eddie Owens also have times that rank in the top 10 with King being a scorer in 2011. Not to be forgotten is senior Trevor Van Ackeren who took third in the steeplechase in 2009.
strong area is the middle distance. Stilin has the second-best time in the
league in the 1500 at 3:42.79, Cabral third at 3:43.11 and Van Ackeren fifth at
3:44.26. Another potential scorer in the 1500 is sophomore Michael Williams. He
ranks eighth in the 1500 and owns Princeton's best time in the 800 at 1:49.79.
Van Ackeren has run 1:50.46 in the 800 to rank eighth and the Tigers' also have
Dinkins as well.
The 4x400 won last year and has been either the champion or runner-up in each of the last three years. Princeton has the second-best time in the 4x100 at 41.21 and the third-best in the 4x800 at 7:29.34.
Sophomore Conor McCullough has the No. 1 throw in the nation at 74.01 (242-10). He was recently named to The Bowerman Watch List as his throw is seven feet further than the next best throw in the nation. McCullough is coming off of an indoor weight throw title and is also an excellent candidate in the discus, having placed second in the event in 2010.
Senior Patrick Park and freshman Scott Rushton are coming off of a great weekend in the shot put and look to keep it up at Heps. The duo rank seventh and eighth in the league with marks of 16.21 (53-2.25) and 1615 (53), respectively. Park was the runner-up in the event last year and has scored in the shot put on three other occasions.
Sophomore Alec Bingaman has thrown very well, coming off of Tommy John surgery. His throw of 57.68 (189-3) from last week's Penn Relays ranks in the league's top 10. Sophomore Brad Pelisek has the next best throw at 52.82 (173-3.50) also recorded at the Penn Relays.
Sophomore Damon McLean has excellent chances in both the triple and long jump. He has the best mark in the triple at 15.88 (52-1.25) and second-best in the long at 7.43 (24-4.5). McLean has won the indoor triple jump title twice, was a scorer in the outdoor triple in 2011, and was twice a scorer in the indoor long jump. Hopkins won the long jump last year and has scored indoors twice. Senior Garner McCloud and freshman Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi also have potential to score in the triple.
Sophomore Omar Jarrett is the Tigers' best bet in the high jump. He has a mark of 2.03 (6-8) and was third in the event last spring, while scoring indoors twice.
Looking to clean up in the pole vault is a trio of strong candidates. Senior Dave Slovenski is a three-time indoor champion and was the runner-up outdoors in 2011. He ranks second in the league with a mark of 5.10 (16-8.75). Freshman Adam Bragg has steadily improved and ranks third in the league at 5.06 (16-7.25) after taking fourth at indoor Heps. Senior Derek Hynes has scored in six of seven Heps pole vaults in his career. A fourth option is David Coneway who scored last year.
A trio of underclassmen can score for the Tigers in the decathlon. Freshman Stephen Soerens, Sheldon and Pelisek also competed in the event at the Larry Ellis with Soerens posting the most points, 6895. Sheldon was a scorer at last year's Heps.