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PHILADELPHIA – The 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship kicked off Saturday at Penn’s Franklin Field.

After one day of competition, the Dartmouth men’s team sits in seventh place with 15 points. Sunday will feature event finals across the board and a plethora of opportunities to add to that point total.

Day 1 Standings:
1 | Penn 34
2 | Princeton 27
3 | Columbia 26
4 | Cornell 18
5 | Harvard 17
6 | Brown 16
7 | Dartmouth 15
8 | Yale 2

SCORING:
• The best performance of the day for the Big Green came in the javelin where three members of the team scored points, led by senior Ben Colello in second place. His 60.54m throw was good enough for All-Ivy League Second Team honors and eight points for the team total.
• Juniors Alec Eschholz (55.47m) and Benjamin Ose (53.54m) were fifth and sixth, respectively, to add an additional three combined points to the standings.
Colin Minor collected four points in the hammer throw with a fourth-place finish. A rough day with four fouls on his first five attempts turned around on the sixth throw of the day as it measured 59.47m for the senior.

QUALIFYING:
• Though they didn’t earn any points on Saturday, the trio of Eschholz, Max Frye and Parker Johnson set themselves up nicely for Sunday’s final in the 400m hurdles. Eschholz was the top qualifier with a 52.14 in Saturday’s prelims, while Frye (52.33) and Johnson (53.12) also punched their tickets through to the next round by taking second and fifth in the preliminary standings.
• Ose leads the decathlon as well, scoring 3893 points on the first day with wins in the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. Colello is third with 3588 points, while Matthew Sindelar’s 3320 points have him in sixth through five events.
• Freshman Donovan Spearman will be moving on to finals in two events as he was second in the prelims of the 200m (21.35) and seventh in the 100m (10.75). In the 100m, Spearman was second in his heat, despite running on the outside in lane 8.
• In the 1500m, Henry Raymond was fourth in 3:50.49 and will run for a title in the event on Sunday.
Timothy Zepf ran a 1:50.84 in the 800m and secured an automatic berth into the final after running to a second-place finish in his heat. He was sixth overall.