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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/5/13) - The Princeton men's track & field team won the 2013 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship. This is the third consecutive Heps title for the Tigers and 15th overall.
Princeton held a three-point lead over Cornell after Day 1. Cornell took over the lead early on Sunday afternoon before Princeton battled back to tie Cornell at 142-142 with four events remaining.
The 14 points Princeton received in the decathlon, compared to Cornell’s four, along with a higher finish in the 4x800, pushed the Tigers out in front 165-152.
Sophomore Stephen Soerens was the runner-up with 7,212 points - surpassing the meet record of 7,202 set in 2006. Senior Richard Sheldon was third with 7,000 points and Brad Pelisek was sixth with 6,595 points.
The 4x800 of junior Michael Williams, senior Michael Palmisano, senior Nathan Mathabane and senior Peter Callahan placed second at 7:25.82.
The Tigers came up big in the triple jump nabbing 15 points while Cornell got just two. And the 4x400 crossed the finished line first knowing the meet was over and the Tigers had won on their home track.
In the final field event of the day, the crowd really got into this one. Junior Damon McLean retained his title as he won the triple ump at 15.86 (52-00.50) on his third attempt. Sophomore Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi was fourth with a jump of 15.29 (50-2) and freshman Jake Scinto was sixth as he hit a PR of 14.81 (48-7.25). Senior Isaac Serwanga just missed scoring, as he was seventh with a PR of 14.76 (48-5.25).
Junior Tom Hopkins led off in the 4x400 before junior Daniel McCord and senior Russell Dinkins received the baton. Senior Austin Hollimon anchored and crossed the line first at 3:10.60.
The 4x100 started the track events out with a second-place finish. Freshman Dre Nelson, freshman John Hill, McCord and Hopkins finished in 40.79 behind Cornell’s meet record of 40.19.
Callahan wowed the crowd with his kick as he came from middle of the pack to win the 1500 at 3:49.74.
Princeton earned nine points in the 110-meter hurdles as all three Tigers scored. Freshman Greg Caldwell placed third at 14.30 while sophomore Rob Mohr was fifth at 14.31 and Sheldon was sixth at 14.55.
In the 400, Princeton earned 16 points as Hopkins was the runner-up at 47.09, Hollimon was third at 48.22 and McCord was fifth with a PR of 48.61. Hopkins earned four more points in the 200 taking fourth at 21.29.
Both Princeton finalists scored in the 100 as well. Hill claimed fourth place at 10.66 and sophomore Tumi Akinlawon was sixth at 10.75.
Dinkins won the 800 with a PR of 1:48.24 as he pushed past two Columbia runners on the back stretch for the lead. His time is the fifth fastest in Heps history and the fastest winning time since 2006. Sophomore Bradley Paternostro, who led the first lap, finished fourth with a PR of 1:49.20.
Hollimon’s fan base cheered him on to victory in the 400-meter hurdles. He clocked a 52.30 while freshman Jordan Myers was impressive in his first outdoor Heps placing fifth at 53.92.
After wining the 10k last night, senior Michael Franklin claimed another victory in the 5k as he literally dove across the finish line. Franklin ran the 5k in 14:10.85, while junior Chris Bendtsen was third at 14:11.65 and sophomore Sam Pons was fifth at 14:14.55 as Princeton accrued 18 points in the final individual track event of the afternoon.
Impressively at the end of the day every Princeton competitor scored in the 1500, 110 hurdles, 400, 100, 800, 400 hurdles and 200.
Other point scorers included sophomore Scott Rushton who threw a PR of 16.60 in the shot put and sophomore Connor Martin in the steeplechase, as both finished in sixth place.
Click here to read the Day 1 recap