Princeton Track & Field at George Mason Invitational Saturday
PRINCETON, N.J. (4/12/13) - The Princeton track & field teams resume action this weekend as the Tigers head to Patriot Open Invitational at George Mason in Fairfax, Va.
The meet begins at 10 a.m., with the women's hammer and long jump. The running events start at noon with the prelims of the women's 100-meter dash. The final event of the day is slated for a 9:40 p.m., start.
Thirty-seven schools will be competing including: American, Boston University, Bowie State, Bridgewater, Catholic (M), Columbia, Cornell (M), UDC (W), Eastern Mennonite, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, James Madison (W), La Salle, Lake Erie, UMES, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary’s, Navy, New Hampshire (M), Penn, Rhode Island (M), Richmond, St. Peter’s, Temple, Towson (W), UMBC, VMI, VCU, Vermont, Virginia (M), Virginia State, West Virginia (W), Wheeling Jesuit and William and Mary.
Princeton is coming off of an exciting weekend from the Sam Howell Invitational, the first home meet of the outdoor season.
Freshman Julia Ratcliffe crushed the Ivy League record in the hammer throw with the third-best throw in the nation at 66.69 (218-09). Junior Imani Oliver won the triple jump at 12.32 (40-5), reaching the mark on her first jump, however four of her six jumps would have won her the event. On the track, senior Abby Levene ran a meet record in the 10k at 34:21.08. Senior Mel Newbery won the 1500 at 4:31.74 and senior Greta Feldman earned a win in the Elite 1500 at 4:23.04.
Other top-three finishes include: senior Lauren Tauscher in the pole vault (3.70), freshman Brielle Rowe in the discus (44.26), freshman Taylor Morgan in the high jump (1.65), sophomore Cecilia Barowski (2:08.59) and junior Kacie O'Neil (2:09.93) in the 800, 4x4 relay of Barowski, senior Greta Feldman, senior Joie Hand and sophomore Kim Mackay (3:47.80), Newbery in the steeplechase (10:18.66).
On the men's side, Junior Tom Hopkins earned a first-, second- and third-place finish. He was first in the long jump at 7.25 (23-9.50), second in the 4x100 relay (41.69) along with freshmen Dre Nelson and John Hill as well as sophomore Daniel McCord. Hopkins wrapped the meet with a third-place finish in the 200 at 21.75. In the distance events, Princeton picked up two more wins. Junior Chris Bendtsen in the Elite 10k at 29:32.15 and and senior Michael Franklin in the 5k at 14:14.04
Other top-three finishes include: Junior Damon McLean in the triple jump (15.12), junior Omar Jarrett in the high jump (1.99), sophomore Scott Rushton in the shot put (16.07), junior Michael Williams in the 800 (1:50.97), junior Tyler Udland in the 10k (29:44.86), freshman Michael Sublette (31:11.93) and freshman Brett Kelly (31:13.30) in the 10k