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Men's Track & Field Seeks 4th Consecutive Heps Title This Weekend

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/07/2014
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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/6/14) – The Princeton men’s track & field team seeks its fourth straight outdoor Heps title as the Tigers travel to Yale this weekend, May 10 & 11 for the 2014 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.

The meet begins on Saturday at 11 a.m., at Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track in New Haven, Conn.

SPRINTS & HURDLES
After last weekend’s 10.67 at the Elite Meet, sophomore John Hill now boasts the best time in the 100 in the league. Hill was fourth in the event last year and has been a two-time scorer in the indoor 60. Junior Tommaso Greenbaum ranks in ninth in the league with a 10.93. Sophomore Dré Nelson and junior Daniel McCord have solid times as well, both under 11 seconds.

Triple threat senior Tom Hopkins aims for a title in the 200. He was the runner-up in the event in 2011 and 2012 and was fourth last year. He has the second-best time in the Ivies this year with a 21.13. Also pushing for points in the event is McCord. McCord has the third-best time in the league at 21.72, run just last weekend.

Hopkins’ best event on the track however is the 400. He has first-, second- and third-place finishes in the 400 in his first three seasons, and has scored indoors three times as well. Hopkins owns the best time in the league at 46.69. McCord was a scorer in this event last year as well. Freshman Ray Mennin may get a chance to earn his first outdoor Heps points in the 400. He was a scorer in the indoor 500 and ran a 48.82 last weekend. Freshman Bryant Switzer also put up a great time indoors, at 49.08.

A third-place finisher a year ago, sophomore Greg Caldwell owns the third-best time in the league this season. He clocked a 14.42 at the Elite meet last weekend for his ranking. Junior Rob Mohr has finished fifth in the last two outdoor Heps and looks to score again as he enters the weekend with season-best 15.08 and a PR of 14.30. Freshman Greg Leeper is the top Tiger in the 400 hurdles.

MIDDLE DISTANCE
Junior Bradley Paternostro is the top Tiger in the 800. He ran 1:50.40 at the Elite meet and was fourth in this event last year, while also scoring indoor.

Freshman William Paulson will push for his first Ivy title in the 1500. He has the third-best time in the league, with a 3:44.15 from the Larry Ellis Invitational.

Senior Michael Williams could be a scorer in either event. He was the runner-up in the 800 in 2012 and has the ninth-best time in the league in the 1500 with a 3:45.55 from the Stanford Invitational.

DISTANCE
Between the 5 and 10k last year Princeton collected an incredible 42 points. These two events should grab the team big points again this season.

Seniors Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Chris Bendtsen and Tyler Udland own three of the top four times in the league in the 10k. Bendtsen leads the league with a 28:49.08 and was the runner-up last year. Udland has the second-best Ivy time at 28:57.25 and was fifth a year ago. Arroyo Yamin’s 29:19.09 ranks him fourth in the Ivies. He has scored all three years, placing third, fourth and sixth in his career in the 10k.

The trio also makes up three of the top-seven times in the 5k. Udland is third at 13:58.52, Arroyo Yamin is fourth at 13:59.21 and Bendtsen is seventh at 14:01.28. Bendtsen has been the runner-up the last two years and is a four-time scorer in the indoor 5k. Udland was a scorer in the event in 2012 and junior Sam Pons was last year.

Junior Eddie Owens and senior George Galasso own the top times on the team in the steeplechase. Owens ranks third in the league with an 8:56.54 as he finished in third place last year. Galasso has taken to the steeple in his final season and has the seventh-best time in the league of 9:08.20.

RELAYS
The 4x100 relay has a three-year tradition of finishing in second place and as the seed times reveal, Princeton is second in the league with a 41.23. The relay has logged under 42 seconds in four meets this season. The 4x400 won last year and in 2011 and was second in 2012. The relay comes into the meet with the second-best time, a 3:12.75 from Penn Relays. The 4x800 was second in 2013, third in 2012 and fourth in 2011. Princeton has entered the 4x800 in one meet this year, the Penn Relays, where he timed a 7:36.48.

JUMPS
Three of the top four marks in the long jump in the league belong to the Orange & Black. Hopkins has the second-best mark at 7.37 (24-2.25). He is the reigning champion in the event, and won in 2011 and was second in 2012. He won the event this past indoor Heps and was third twice and fifth as a freshman. Sophomore Jake Scinto was a scorer a year ago along with Damon McLean. Junior multi-eventer Stephen Soerens and Scinto both rank third in the league with a 7.15 (23-5.5).

McLean focuses on his main event, the triple jump, outdoors. He is the two-year reigning champion in the triple and enters the meet with the best jump in the league. He is the only competitor to reach 16 meters at 16.11 (52-10.25). Junior Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi ranks second in the league after he leapt to 15.31 (50-2.75) just last weekend at the Elite meet. Owusu-Nyantekyi is a three-time scorer in the indoor triple. Scinto scored in this event last year as well.

Senior Omar Jarrett has the fifth-best high jump mark in the league, a 2.09 (6-10.25). He has scored four times in the event, combining indoor and outdoor. Sophomore Jake Scinto is sixth in the league with a 2.04 (6-8.25).

Adam Bragg seeks his first outdoor title in the pole vault after winning the event indoor. Bragg has the second-highest mark in the league with a 5.15 (16-10.75) as just two vaulters have cleared five meters. Bragg was the runner-up last year. Freshman Benjamin Gaylord’s 4.80 (15-9) ranks seventh in the league.

THROWS
Junior Scott Rushton comes into the meet a week after throwing a PR in the shot put. His 17.64 (57-10.5) is the fifth best in the league. Rushton was a scorer in the shot put last year and was during the indoor season, along with freshman Chris Cook. Cook has the sixth-best throw with a 17.33 (56-10.25).

Cook will contend for more points as the Tigers’ top discus thrower. Cook threw a PR of 51.03 (167-5) this season. Classmate Jared Bell is right behind him with a 50.38 (165-3) as the freshman rank 7-8 in the league.

Senior Jake Taylor is Princeton’s best bet in the hammer throw. He has steadily improved all season, rewriting his PR nearly every meet. Taylor’s latest throw is his best, a 55.55 (182-3).

In the javelin, senior Brad Pelisek has thrown a 62.99 (206-8). It ranks him fourth in the league, though he finished third in the event last year.

MULTI
Soerens is seeking his first decathlon title after finishing second last year and third the year before. He’s been a scorer twice indoors in the multi-events. Soerens has the second-best score in the league with a 7013 from the Larry Ellis meet, although he has a PR of 7212. Oslin has been a scorer twice indoor and ranks seventh with 6,164 points and a PR of 6,392.

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