Exciting Finish, Crushing Result; Men's Track Finishes 1 Point Out of 1st
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (2/24/13) - One point. That's what it came down to. In one of the most exciting finishes in Heps history, Cornell men's track & field ended Princeton's streak of three straight indoor titles and seven consecutive all-season Heps victories. Cornell finished with 157 points and Princeton had 156.
The other six Ivies were further back in the pack with Harvard third with 86 points, followed by Brown with 58, Columbia 50, Dartmouth 38.5, Penn 28 and Yale 15.5.
The race came down the relays. Cornell vs. Princeton.
Senior Peter Callahan anchored the distance medley relay and pulled out the win for the Tigers. Senior Michael Palmisano, freshman Brian Poirier and freshman David Pugliese made up the first three legs. Princeton crossed the line at 9:52.72. The 10 points pushed Princeton into the lead over Cornell, 140-139 as the Big Red did not earn any points in the relay.
The Big Red regained the lead 149-146 with a win in the 4x800. Junior Michael Williams, senior Nathan Mathabane, sophomore Bradley Paternostro and senior Russell Dinkins finished third at 7:32.13.
In a photo finish senior Austin Hollimon won the 4x400 for Princeton over Cornell's Bruno Horteglano-Roig. Junior Tom Hopkins, sophomore Tom Scott and sophomore Daniel McCord made up the first three legs. Despite getting 10 points, the Big Red got eight for second place and won Heps by just one point.
Princeton moved up into second place after the first event of the day, the men's mile.
Callahan won the event at 4:19.90, the only runner to run under 4:20. Palmisano was a scorer as well finishing in fourth place at 4:22.08.
All three Tigers in the final of the hurdles scored. Sophomore Rob Mohr was the runner up at 8.08. Senior Richard Sheldon and freshman Gregory Caldwell were fifth and sixth at 8.25 and 8.29, respectively.
Freshmen John Hill and Dre Nelson also scored in the 60 dash with time of 6.91 and 6.92 to finish fifth and sixth.
Senior Nathan Mathabane and freshman David Pugliese scored in the 1000. Mathabane crossed the line at 2:28.03 for fifth place and Puglese clocked a 2:28.22 for sixth.
After 13 events Princeton was within 32 points of Cornell (126-94).
The Tigers cut their deficit to 13 in the next event the 5000.
Princeton went 1-2-5 in the event. Senior Michael Franklin won the race at 14:18.64 with junior Chris Bendsten right behind at 14:18.72. Vitez ran 14:22.13 for fifth place.
Junior Damon McLean and sophomore Nana Owusu-Nyanteky cut Cornell's lead to single digits. McLean won his second event of Heps, winning his main event, the triple jump. McLean had two jumps of 15.93 (52-3.25) on his first and sixth attempts. Owusu-Nyanteky jumped to 14.99 (49-2.25) on his final attempt to take third.