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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/4/13) – Princeton holds a three-point lead over Cornell as the Tigers finished huge in the 10k on Day 1 of the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday, May 4 at Weaver Stadium.
The Tigers went 1-2-4-5 in the final event of the day to pick up 24 points. Senior Michael Franklin won the race at 29:46.77 followed by junior Chris Bendtsen at 29:47.00. Juniors Alejandro Arroyo Yamin and Tyler Udland followed at 29:47.655 and 29:47.658 to place fourth and fifth, respectively.
Princeton has 44 points after five events with Cornell second with 41. Dartmouth is third with 20, followed by Columbia with 17, Harvard with 15, Yale with eight, Brown with six and Penn with four.
Tom Hopkins won the long jump by just 3/4 of an inch as he leapt to a PR of 7.55 (24-9.25). He also hit 7.40 and 7.53 on his next two jumps. With the 400 taking place during the finals of the long jump, Hopkins passed on his last three attempts, crossing his fingers that his 7.55 would stand and it did. Freshman Jake Scinto became a Heps scorer for the first time as he finished fourth in the event. He jumped to a PR of 7.23 (23-8.75) on his third attempt. The Tigers grabbed 14 points in the event, but a Cornell 2-3-5 gave the Big Red 16.
Hopkins isn’t done yet. He had the best time in the 400, as he won heat 1 at 47.11 to advance to the final. He also qualified for the final of the 200 as he clocked a PR of 21.07.
Brad Pelisek placed third in the javelin. He threw to 60.49 (198-05) on his fourth throw of the day to earn six points towards the team total. It was a personal best for the junior, by nearly 20 feet.
Senior Austin Hollimon won heat 3 of the 400 and had the second-best time at 47.31. Also making the finals is junior Daniel McCord who clocked a PR of 48.95 to take second in the first heat. The final of the 400 is tomorrow at 2:35 p.m.
Hollimon also qualified for the 400 hurdle final with the best time in the prelims at 52.01. Freshman Jordan Myers will join Hollimon in the final at 3:35 p.m.
Senior Peter Callahan made a return to the track and qualified for the final of the 1500. He crossed the line in second place in heat 3 at 3:46.65. The final will take place at 1:50 p.m.
Freshman John Hill and sophomore Tumi Akinlawon qualified for the 100 final. Hill the fifth best time at 10.67 to match his personal best and Akinlawon seventh at 10.65, his best time at Princeton. The final is slated for 2:45 p.m., tomorrow.
Three Tigers advance to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles. Freshman Greg Caldwell ran 14.28, sophomore Robert Mohr 14.60 and senior Richard Sheldon 14.87. That race will be at 2:20 p.m.
The top two times in the 800 belonged to the Orange & Black. Senior Russell Dinkins had the fastest time at 1:49.06, which won heat 3. Sophomore Bradley Paternostro won heat 3 at 1:50.17. The pair will race for the title tomorrow at 3:10 p.m.
Other events Princeton will be competing in tomorrow include: shot put (Rushton), high jump (Jarrett, Scinto, Serwanga), triple jump (Maclean, Owusu-Nyatank, Scinto and Serwanga), steeplechase (Martin, Owens) and the 5k (Arroyo Yamin, Bendtsen, Pons and Udland).