Men's Track & Field Seeks Revenge; Aims for 15th Heps Title
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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).