Men's Track Leads After Day 1 at Heps with Three Event Wins
Team scores after five events: Princeton 46, Dartmouth 39, Cornell 26, Penn 14, Harvard & Yale 10, Brown 6, Columbia 4.
Qualifiers headed into tomorrow: Princeton 12, Cornell 10, Brown & Harvard & Penn 7, Columbia & Dartmouth & Yale 5.
PHILADELPHIA (5/9/15) – Princeton men’s track & field is in first place after Day 1 of the 2015 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. The Tigers hold a seven-point lead over second-place Dartmouth and a 20-point edge over outdoor foe Cornell.
Junior Adam Bragg, senior Tumi Akinlawon and senior Matt McDonald were each individual Heps champions today at Franklin Field.
Not only did Princeton claim three individual titles, but it had two runners-up as well as freshman August Kiles was second in the pole vault and junior Jake Scinto was second in the long jump.
In the pole vault it was Bragg claimed his second outdoor title clearing 5.10 (16-8.75) for the win. He easily got over the 5.10 mark on his first attempt but wasn’t able to successfully clear 5.25 on his three tries. Meanwhile, Kiles got himself over 5.05 (16-6.75) on his first attempt at the height, but couldn’t manage 5.10 this afternoon.
Akinlawon earned his first Heps crown after a second-place finish indoors in the long jump. He won the event today with a leap of 7.43 (24-4.5) on his final jump to take the lead over his teammate Scinto. Scinto earned his best finish in the long jump with a mark of 7.29 (23-11) on his third attempt. Scinto has scored in the event, both indoors and outdoors, four times in his career. Sophomore Greg Leeper just missed a scoring spot in seventh place.
Sophomore Vic Youn and senior Jake Taylor also just missed on scoring spots in the hammer throw, finishing in seventh and eighth paces, respectively.
The final event of the night was a thrilling one for the Orange & Black as McDonald crushed the final 60 meters to win the 10k. It was McDonald’s first individual Heps title, after being the indoor runner-up in the 5k this past season. At the 5k mark of the race, the lead group had been whittled down to 13 with all three Tigers, McDonald, senior Sam Pons and junior Michael Sublette in it. With eight laps remaining, McDonald and Pons moved into scoring positions. With two laps to go, McDonald was in third place in a lead pack of five, with Yale’s Kevin Dooney in front followed by Dartmouth’s Curtis King. At the bell, King and McDonald pushed past Dooney but King didn’t have enough gas as McDonald left him in the wind for the win at 29:50.09. Pons finished 10th and Sublette was 14th.
Princeton has the most qualifiers headed into Day 2 with 12.
Junior Greg Caldwell and senior Rob Mohr will race in the final of the 110-meter hurdles. Caldwell had the fourth best time in the prelims at 14.36, wile Mohr was sixth at 14.53.
Senior Tom Scott and junior Jordan Myers advance in the 400 hurdles. Scott ran 53.57to take second in heat 1, while Myers took the final qualifying spot with a 54.11.
Freshman Carrington Akosa qualified for the finals of both the 100 and 200. He clocked the fourth best time in the 100 at 10.78 and the second-best time in the 200 at 21.59. He will be joined in the 100 final by reigning champion John Hill. Hill posted the second-best mark of the afternoon at 10.75. Sophomore Brent Albertson will be by Akosa’s side in the 200 as he clocked at 21.93 in the prelims.
Sophomore Ray Mennin put up the best time in the 400 at 47.92, winning heat 1.
A pair of freshman qualified for the final in the 800. Noah Kauppila ran 1:50.08 for the fifth-best time and Josh Ingalls ran 1:50.20 for the seventh-best time.
Senior Bradley Paternostro was second to advance to finals of 1500 at 3:46.20.
Five events into the decathlon, senior Stephen Soerens has the lead with 3,975 points. He won the long jump, shot put and 400 this afternoon. Bryan Oslin is in sixth place.
Day 2 begins tomorrow at 10 a.m., with the continuation of the decathlon.