Men's Track & Field Comes Up Seven Points Shy of Heptagonal Title
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (5/11/14) – It was another battle between Princeton and Cornell for the Ivy League Heptathlon title, but this season it was the Big Red that came out on top, winning by less than seven points, 149-142.33.
With Princeton holding a slim 7.66 edge over Cornell after 18 events, the meet came down to four events: the high jump, discus, 4x400 and decathlon.
It was there that Cornell would get the win, picking up 36.33 points in those events, while Princeton earned 22.
Starting off the day was a win by senior Damon McLean in the triple jump. He won his third consecutive outdoor Heps triple jump title with a jump of 15.77 (51-9) on his second attempt. He reached 14.76, 15.77, 15.68, 15.48 and 15.73 on his five countable jumps. Junior Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi was third at 15.27 (50-1.25) as the pair claimed 16 points in the event.
Another 10 points came in the shot put. Freshman Chris Cook launched to 17.67 (57-11.75) on his final throw to jump from seventh to second. Junior Scott Rushton was fourth at 17.50 (57-5) on his third attempt and his only legal throw, fouling on five other throws.
The 4x100 was a tight race between Princeton and Cornell from start to finish. It was a nudge at the finish line by Bruno Hortelano-Roig over Tom Hopkins to give Cornell the win, 40.42 to 40.68. Sophomore Dre Nelson led off, with sophomore John Hill and junior Daniel McCord making up the middle two legs. It marked the best time the 4x100 ran this season and fourth straight season getting runner-up in the event.
Through nine events Princeton moved from third to second with 60.33 points, with Harvard second with 76 and Cornell with 49.66.
Senior George Galasso fell in the water pit but had a great recovery to finish in fifth in the steeplechase with a PR of 9:04.91.
It was a photo finish for third place in the 1500, but it was freshman William Paulson who came out on top with a 0.002 second edge over Yale’s James Shirvell as both timed a 3:48.55. Senior Michael Williams battled and earned a fifth-place finish at 3:49.56.
A second-place finish by Greg Caldwell in the 110-meter hurdles combined with the eight points from the 1500 pushed Princeton into first place over Harvard. Caldwell cruised across the line at 14.29.
Sophomore John Hill won the 100 dash at 10.66. He entered the meet with the league’s best time at 10.63 and proved it was no fluke as he brings home Princeton’s first 100 dash win since Vincent Smith in 1989. Hill was fourth a year ago.
In the 400 hurdles, freshman Greg Leeper claimed fifth place with a 53.14.
After 15 events, Cornell had pushed to the front with 100.66 points, with Princeton second with 98.33.
Princeton got 12 points in the 200 with Hopkins second and McCord fourth. Hopkins ran 21.36, just 0.06 seconds out of first place, while McCord clocked a 21.63.
Cornell however got 12 in the event as well, and after 16 events led Princeton 112.66 to 110.33.
Senior Chris Bendtsen won the 5k at 14:28.71 with a great kick on the final turn as he blew by the leaders for the win. Junior Matt McDonald just missed a scoring spot taking seventh.
Those 10 points pushed Princeton into first place with 120.3 points, as Cornell didn’t earn any points in the 5k.
In the 4x800 neither Princeton nor Cornell earned points as they went 7-8.
The meet came down to four events: the high jump, discus, 4x400 and decathlon. Cornell picked up 36.33 points in those events, while Princeton earned 22.
Princeton was second to Cornell in the 4x400. It was Hopkins that brought Princeton from fourth place to second on the anchor. Along with McCord, Leeper and freshman Bryant Switzer, the relay clocked 3:11.81.
Junior Stephen Soerens captured second-place in the decathlon with 7,291 points. He won the shot put and 1500 and was second in the long jump, high jump and javelin. Sophomore Bryan Oslin was sixth with 6,325 points. The pair earned the Tigers nine points, but the Big Red got 10.
Cornell got 10.33 points in the high jump and six in the discus while Princeton got four in the high jump and one in the discus.
Senior Omar Jarrett placed fourth in the high jump clearing 2.10 on his first attempt. He couldn’t clear the next height 2.13 on his three attempts and settled for four points.
Freshman Chris Cook earned the team a discus point with a sixth-place finish with a throw of 52.00 (170-07).
Harvard was third with 109 points, followed by Penn fourth with 82, Dartmouth fifth with 66.66, Columbia sixth with 61, Brown seventh with 52 and Yale eighth with 20.