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Men's Track & Field Leads After Day 1 of Heps; Bragg & Hopkins Win

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/01/2014
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Tom Hopkins, Damon McLean and Jake Scinto on the podium.
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Day 1 Results

HANOVER, N.H. (3/1/14) – Princeton is in first place after Day 1 of the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship in Hanover, N.H.

Princeton leads with 42 points followed by Cornell with 33, Harvard with 12, Columbia 11, Brown 10, Dartmouth and Penn with six each and Yale with four.

The Tigers got the day started with a bang going 1-2-4 in the long jump to claim 22 points in the event. Senior Tom Hopkins won the event reaching a distance of 7.38 (24-2.50) on two of his six attempts. Senior Damon McLean, who won the event last year, was the runner-up with a jump of 7.14 (23-5.25) on his second jump. Sophomore Jake Scinto was fourth at 7.05 (23-1.75).

Success continued in the pole vault with sophomore Adam Bragg getting the victory. Bragg cleared 5.20 (17-00.75) on his first attempt and finished four inches higher than the next competitor who failed to clear the 5.20 mark on three attempts.

In the shot put Princeton went 3-4 for more 10 points. Junior Scott Rushton was third with a throw of 17.61 (57-9.50) while freshman Chris Cook was fourth at 17.42 (57-2). Rushton’s final throw edged him in front of Cook who had a 17.42 on his second throw, while Rushton had a 17.31 before throwing to 17.61 on his last attempt.

The Tigers qualified at least one competitor in every final after today’s preliminaries.

Sophomore John Hill qualified for the final of the 60-meter dash after clocking a 6.94 in the prelims. Junior Rob Mohr and sophomore Greg Caldwell both qualified for the 60 hurdles. Mohr had the third best time at 8.23 while Caldwell ran 8.31, the sixth-best time.

Representing Princeton in the 400 will be senior Daniel McCord after a 49.96 in the prelims. Hopkins ran the best time in the prelims of the 500 at 1:03.92. He’ll be joined by freshman Ray Mennin who ran 1:06.08. Junior Bradley Paternostro will run in the finals of the 800 and freshman William Paulson will be in the 1,000. Seniors Michael Williams and George Galasso will compete in the mile final. Williams clocked the best time in the prelims at 4:10.01.

Junior Stephen Soerens is in the lead after four events of the heptathlon. He captured 3044 points after the 60, long jump, shot put and high jump.

Day 2 begins at 11:30 a.m., with the continuation of the heptathlon.

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