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Men's Track Gets Big Points in Long Jump; Sits 3rd after Day 1 at Heps

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/10/2014
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Junior Stephen Soerens leads the decathlon after Day 1.
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Team scores after five events: Harvard 54, Dartmouth 26, Princeton 24.33, Cornell 20.66, Penn 18, Yale 6, Columbia 4, Brown 2.

Qualifiers headed into tomorrow: Cornell 16, Princeton 9, Columbia 9, Dartmouth 8, Brown 5, Penn 5, Harvard 3, Yale 2.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (5/10/14) – Princeton men’s track & field is in third place after Day 1 of Heps. The event at Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track was postponed for about an hour due to weather.

The Tigers earned 15 of their 24.33 points in the long jump as Princeton went 2-3-6. Senior Tom Hopkins was the runner-up with a PR of 7.71 (25-3.50), just 1 inch shy of the win. Hopkins fouled on four of his attempts and saved his 7.71 for his final jump, with a 7.25 on his third. Hopkins’ previous best was 7.66 from the Gotham Cup this past indoor season.

Senior Damon McLean and sophomore Jake Scinto also saved the best for last, with their best jumps coming on their final jumps. McLean was third with a PR of 7.61 (24-11.75) and Scinto was sixth at 7.16 (23-7.50). McLean’s crushed his PR of 7.23 from the 2011 Heps.

Senior Jake Taylor earned his first career Heps points as he placed sixth in the hammer throw. Taylor threw to 55.18 (181) on his sixth attempt, though his fifth throw of 55.14 would have earned him a team point as well.

In the pole vault, junior Adam Bragg passed on the first three heights and then no-heighted at 4.95. Senior David Coneway finished in a three-way tie for fourth clearing 4.80 (15-9) on his first attempt. The 4.80 marked a PR for the senior who previously had cleared 4.70 at the 2011 ECACs.

Senior Brad Pelisek earned a point for the team in the javelin. He threw to 57.76 (189-06) to finish in sixth place.

In the final event of the day, seniors Chris Bendtsen and Tyler Udland finished fourth and sixth in the 10k. Bendtsen ran 29:31.06 and Udland 29:49.42. Just missing a scoring spot was junior Matt McDonald taking seventh.

Sophomore Greg Caldwell advances to the final of the 110-meter hurdles. Caldwell won his heat with a 14.43, the second best time of the afternoon. In the 400 hurdles, freshman Greg Leeper advances after a 53.99 in the prelims.

Sophomore John Hill and junior Tommaso Greenbaum advance to the finals of the 100. Hill clocked 10.63 and Greenbaum a 10.73.

Hopkins will run in both the 200 and 400 finals tomorrow. He clocked a 47.07 to win heat 2 of the 400 and put up a 21.27 in the 200. Also advancing in the 200 is junior Daniel McCord, who ran a 21.34.

Senior Michael Williams and freshman William Paulson will represent the Orange & Black in the final of the 1500. Williams ran 3:48.01 and Paulson 3:49.94, as both took third in their respective heats.

Junior Stephen Soerens is in first place in the decathlon after five events. Soerens has a 46-point lead over the rest of the pack with 3963 points. Sophomore Bryan Oslin is in sixth place with 3367 points.

Day 2 begins at 11 a.m., with the triple jump and shot put.

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