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Men Take Dartmouth Relays Crown for Third Straight Year

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By Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. – For the third year in a row and the sixth time in seven years, the men’s indoor track and field team was able to capture the crown at the Dartmouth Relays.

The 45th Annual Dartmouth Relays presented by New Balance wrapped up its three days of competition inside Leverone Field House on Sunday with a familiar celebration for the home team.

Like last year, the victory was not clear until the final few events began to shake out. But when scores became final and announced, it was the Big Green atop the leader board with 120 points. Southern Connecticut was second with 113 points, finishing ahead of teams from Harvard (74), UMass-Lowell (44) and 10 other programs.

Perhaps the most important result of the afternoon came in the high jump as Jeremy Birck won the event in a jump-off. Birck and Emile Ollivier both finished with identical 6-4.25/1.94m before Birck claimed the 1.98m to 1.96m win in the extra session.

Senior Will Geoghegan electrified the crowd with an exciting win in the mile, besting former NCAA National Champion Sam Chelenga running unattached by 17-hundredths of a second. Geoghegan was third for much of the race before passing Chelenga in the final meters to take the overall win and the 10 points as the top collegiate runner.

Peter Geithner (4:21.37) and Joey Chapin (4:22.34) also earned points in the mile as they claimed fifth and sixth, respectively.

A trio of Big Green runners was dominant in the 3000m with John Bleday leading the way with a first-place showing in 8:15.15.  Steve Mangan was second in 8:23.21, while Brian Masterson was third with a time of 8:34.58.

Matt Herzig was sixth in the 3000 in 8:43.64, helping Dartmouth claim 25 points in the event.

In the pole vault, Josh Cyphers cleared 15-7.0/4.75m to take the top spot and add the max number of points to the Dartmouth score.

The 4x800m relay team of Bleday, Mangan, Daniel Salas and Will Callan also picked up 10 points for the Big Green as they combined to run an 8:00.46, besting both teams from Boston College competing in the race.

After missing much of last year with an injury, John Abraham was able to bounce back with a fifth-place showing in the finals of the 60m in 7.04.

Dartmouth will host its second of four home meets this season next weekend, welcoming Yale and Columbia to Leverone on Saturday, Jan. 18. The meet is set to get underway at noon.