HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s track & field team claimed sixth place at the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship Sunday afternoon inside Leverone Field House.
The Big Green scored 53 points, 47 of which came in the final day of competition inside its home facility. Cornell won for the second straight year, besting second-place Princeton, 145-117, with Harvard’s 87 points a distant third.
“I was extremely pleased with the entire team in general today,” Herbert and Marge Chase Head Coach for Track & Field Barry Harwick ’77 said. “I was happy for the seniors who really came out and ran well in their lone opportunity to compete in a Heps here at home.
“We had some unfortunate breaks yesterday, but everyone was able to put that behind them and come out today and put up some good times and scores,” Harwick added.
The highlight of the day came as the distance medley relay (DMR) team captured the event title for the first time since 2008. John Bleday, Phil Gomez, Steve Mangan and Will Geoghegan combined to run a 9:47.69, beating out the foursome from Columbia (9:48.99) by more than a second.
At that point in the afternoon, standing on the top of the podium must have felt like second nature to Mangan who had claimed the men’s mile championship in the first event of day on the track. The senior ran a meet-record 4:01.69 to take the top spot and 10 points, besting the old indoor Heps mark of 4:04.34 set by Penn’s Courtney Jaworski in 2006.
Geoghegan also eclipsed that meet-record time as he was fourth in the race in 4:02.83.
In the final distance event of the afternoon, Curtis King claimed fifth in the 5000m with a 14:24.95 to his credit, adding another two points to the Big Green’s total.
The duo of Danny Katz and Alex Frye posted a combined six points in the finals of the 60m hurdles on Sunday. Katz was fourth in 8.32, while Frye took the next spot and the two points with an 8.36 mark.
Sophomore sprinter John Abraham added one point in the 60m final, crossing the line in 7.00 to earn sixth place.
The Big Green’s 4x800 relay team chipped in with six points in the final men’s event of the day, taking third. Tim Gorman, Luke Decker, Kevin Stanko and Lukas Zirngibl combined to post a 7:35.63 in a close race all the way through.
Jeremy Birck claimed third as well in the high jump. Clearing 6-9.75/2.08m on his third attempt at the height, he was able to contribute another six points to Dartmouth’s total.
Most Outstanding Performers:
Male (Track): Bruno Hortelano-Roig, Cornell*
Male (Field): Stephen Mozia, Cornell*
*-Unanimous vote by coaches
1. Cornell, 145
2. Princeton, 117
3. Harvard, 95
4. Columbia, 64
5. Brown, 62
6. Dartmouth, 53
7. Penn, 28
8. Yale, 24