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Men's Track & Field Wins 11 Events as Tigers win 23rd Straight HYP Title

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/15/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (2/15/14) – The Princeton men’s track & field team expanded its HYP win streak to 23 straight as the Tigers won 11 events at the annual meet held on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Coxe Cage.

Princeton had wins in following events: the 60, 200, 500, 800, 1k, 4x400, 4x800, high jump, triple jump, long jump and pole vault.

Sophomores John Hill and Dre Nelson went 1-3 in the 60 to start the track events with Princeton grabbing seven of a possible 11 points. Hill clocked a 6.88 and Nelson a 6.94.

Freshman Brent Albertson won the 200 at 22.82 and sophomore Greg Caldwell was fourth at 23.56 as the Tigers grabbed six more points. Caldwell was also the runner-up in the 60 hurdles at 8.22, while junior Rob Mohr was third at 8.50.

Freshman Ray Mennin and senior Daniel McCord were both scorers in the 400. Mennin was second at 48.81 while McCord finished at 50.02.

Senior Tom Hopkins ran a 1:03.33 in the 500 for the win.

Sophomores Luke Brahm and Jamie Fehrnstrom went 1-3 in the 800 with Brahm clocking a 1:52.52 and Fehrnstrom a 1:54.03.

Freshman William Paulson and sophomore David Pugliese also put together a 1-3 hit in the 1k. Paulson was three seconds ahead of the rest of the competition at 2:27.56 and Pugliese running in at 2:31.42.

Senior Tyler Udland and junior Matt McDonald were scorers in the 3k. Udland was third with a time of 8:15.01 and McDonald was fourth at 8:17.29.

The Tigers concluded the track events with victories in both relays. The 4x400 of Bryan Switzer, McCord, Mennin and Hopkins ran 3:15.14. Fehrnstrom, Brahm, junior Bradley Paternostro and senior Michael Williams finished with a six-second lead on the rest of the competition at 7:43.52.

Nine points came Princeton’s way thanks to the high jump. Senior Omar Jarrett won the event with freshman Xavier Bledsoe second. Both jumped 2.01 (6-7) with junior Stephen Soerens fourth at 1.86 (6-1.25).

The Tigers went 1-2 in the pole vault as sophomore Adam Bragg cleared 5.22 (17-1.5). Freshman Ben Gaylord got over 4.80 (15-9) as the runner-up.

Princeton dominated the long jump as Harvard and Yale did not enter anyone in the event. Senior Damon McLean earned the five points for first place with a jump of 7.00 (22-11.75). Junior Tumi Akinlawon was second at 6.92 (22-8.50), followed by freshman Greg Leeper at 6.56 (21-6.25) and senior Shane Molidor at 6.53 (21-5.25).

Another 1-2 combo came in the triple jump. Junior Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi won with a jump of 14.84 (48-8.25). McLean was inches away at 14.35 (47-1).

Princeton captured five points in the throws. Junior Scott Rushton was the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 17.69 (58-00.50) while freshman Jared Bell was fourth at 15.79 (51-9.75).  A throw of 15.99 (52-5.50) for Jake Taylor placed him fourth in the weight throw.

Princeton will send a select group to the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame next Saturday and then host the Princeton Invitational on Sunday.

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