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Men's Track & Field Eyes Fourth Straight Indoor Heps Title

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/21/2013
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PRINCETON, N.J. (2/21/13) - The Princeton men's track and field team sets its sights on its fourth consecutive indoor title as the 2013 Ivy League Heptagaonal Championship takes place this weekend, Feb. 16 & 17 at Harvard.

Last year Princeton won its second straight Ivy League triple crown. After winning the cross country title this fall, the Tigers are on tap to make a run once again. Princeton's biggest competition will be Cornell, which owns the top mark in eight events, and is the only other school to win indoor Heps in the last decade. (Princeton won in 2000, '01, '02, '04, '07, '10, '11 and '12).

A pair of freshmen has the best time for the Tigers in the short sprints. Dre Nelson ran 6.84 and John Hill a 6.88. Sophomore Tumi Akinlawon and freshman Gregory Caldwell have also clocked under seven seconds this season.

Sophomore Daniel McCord boasts the best time for the team in the 200 at 21.74. Senior Sebastian Steffen ranks in the top 10 as well with a time of 22.23. Steffen has been a scorer in the outdoor sprint three times.

Junior Tom Hopkins is a threat in multiple events, including the 400, an event he owns the league's top time in. He is the only sprinter to run under 48 seconds, clocking 47.58. Hopkins is the reigning indoor and outdoor 400 champion, and has been the runner-up in the outdoor 200 twice.

Four of the top-10 times in the hurdles belong to the Tigers. Sophomore Rob Mohr owns the best time in the league at 7.91. Caldwell is third at 8.10 followed by senior Richard Sheldon at 8.17 and Hopkins at 8.34. Sheldon has finished third at the last two indoor Heps.

The reigning 800 champion Peter Callahan returns for his senior year. He also won the 800 in 2010. Callahan ran the 800 just once this season and clocked a 1:51.82. Junior Michael Williams and senior Russell Dinkins also have top-10 marks in the 800. Williams has clocked a 1:51.41 and Dinkins a 1:51.82, this year. Dinkins won the 800 in 2011, in between Callahan's wins. Dinkins has been a scorer five times in his Heps career. Williams was fourth in the event last year and improved on his time during the outdoor season as he finished in second place. Senior Nathan Mathabane and sophomore Bradley Paternostro also have scoring potential with times under 1:54.

Williams is also the Tigers' best shot to win the 1000. He ran a PR of 2:26.81 at HYP. Freshman David Pugliese ran a PR in the event this season too, clocking a 2:29.33. Additionally Paternostro was a scorer in the event last February.

Seniors Michael Palmisano and Michael Franklin have the best mile times for the Tigers this season. Palmisano ran 4:06.80 and Franklin 4:08.36. Callahan has the best mile time on the team, as he ran a 3:58.76 last year.

Three of the top-four times in the 3000 belong to the Orange & Black. Junior Jonathan Vitez has the second-best time at 8:04.38. Franklin is third at 8:04.59 followed by sophomore Sam Pons at 8:06.50 and junior Tyler Udland at 8:08.49. The 2012 Heps Cross Country champion Chris Bendtsen has a time under 8:10 as well and was a scorer in the event in 2011.

Sophomore Eddie Owens and freshman Michael Sublette are the only two Tigers who have run the 5000 this year, and they only did so one time each. Owens clocked at 14:38.45. Bendtsen, Vitez and Udland have also posted times under 15 minutes in their careers. Bendtsen was the runner-up last year and Vitez was fourth. Bendtsen was also a scorer in two other 5ks, both indoor and outdoor.

Sophomore Eddie Owens sports the best time for Princeton in the 5000. He clocked a 14:38.45

Princeton's 4x400 and 4x800 have the second-best times in the league. The 4x4 of McCord, Hopkins, junior Tom Scott and freshman Travis McHugh ran 3:15.77 at HYP. The 4x8's best time came at HYP as well. Palmisano, Mathabane, Dinkins and Pugliese ran 7:47.36. The distance medley relay's time of 9:57.90 set at Sykes & Sabock by Dinkins, Udland, freshman Sam Berger and freshman Brian Poirier ranks third. Last year the DMR was second, while the 4x4 and 4x8 were both third.

Sophomore Scott Rushton has consitantly thrown the shot put for Princeton this season. His best mark this season is 16.03 but he has reached 16.15 in his collegiate career. Rushton is the only Tiger to throw the weight this season and did so just once, throwing to 12.13.

The Tigers have tons of scoring potential in the jumps.

The top two triple jump marks in the league belong to Tigers, the two-time reigning indoor champion Damon McLean and sophomore Nana Owusu-Nyanteky. McLean jumped to a PR of 15.57 at HYP this season. Owusu-Nyanteky also posted a PR at HYP with a jump of 15.50.

McLean has been a scorer in the long jump in both Heps he's competed in as well. He has the fifth-best mark in the league this season at 7.17. The Tigers' top contender in the long jump, however, is Hopkins. He's been a scorer in every Heps long jump and has the second-best mark in the league at 7.39, just 0.01 behind the top mark. Sophomore Stephen Soerens ranks in the top 10 in the long jump as well as the high jump.

Junior Omar Jarrett has the fifth-best mark in the high jump in the league at 2.07. He's been a scorer in each Heps he's competed in.

In the pole vault, junior David Coneway has cleared 4.65 twice this season, the best mark for the Tigers. Freshman Bryan Oslin,and junior Evan Saitta are other potential scorers in the pole vault.

The best scorers in the heptathlon wear Orange & Black. Soerens has posted a score of 5116 and Sheldon collected 5100 points. Pelisek and Oslin also rank in top 10 in the heptathlon with 4941 and 4811 points, respectively.







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