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Cyphers, Throwers Help Dartmouth to 2nd Place After Day 1 of Heps

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By Tim O'Dowd
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After one day of competition at the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championship, the Dartmouth men’s track & field team sits second in the standings with 26 points.

The highlight of Saturday’s events at Yale’s Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track came very early on as senior Josh Cyphers became the first Dartmouth man to win the pole vault since 1955.

Cyphers started the morning slowly, failing to clear 4.65m on his first two attempts. However, his first two tries of the day would be his only hiccup as he cleared the next three heights on one attempt. When he passed over the bar at 16-6.75/5.05m — the only competitor to do so — Cyphers became the first male Big Green student-athlete to take home the pole vault title since Bill Buchanan and Louis Metzger shared the crown with five others 59 years ago.

In addition to the 10 points earned by Cyphers’ win, junior TJ Servino added another eight to the team total with a second-place showing in the hammer throw. Servino won his flight and took second overall in a field of 18 with a 193-11.0/59.12m on his sixth and final toss of the day.

With their finishes, Cyphers and Servino earned First- and Second-Team All-Ivy League honors.

Additionally, Jacob Shippee and Jim Budzinski combined for six points in the javelin with fourth- and fifth-place finishes on Saturday. Shippee’s final throw of the day was measured at 205-6.0/3.42m, while Budzinski was one spot back with a 200-5.0/61.10m on his final toss.

John Abraham qualified for Sunday’s finals in both the 100m and 200m races on Saturday. In the shorter of the two, Abraham claimed the fifth-best time in prelims, crossing in 10.70 (+2.9). In the latter, the sophomore sprinter was the final qualifier to advance out of the preliminaries with a 21.55 to claim eighth overall.

Also moving on to finals on Sunday will be Alex Frye in the 110m hurdles (7th, 14.78), Jalil Bishop in the 400m (8th, 49.01) as well as Steve Mangan (2nd, 3:49.75) and Tim Gorman (7th, 3:48.31) in the 1500m.

Dartmouth’s eight qualifiers is the fourth most with Cornell’s 16 leading the way.

In the only final event of the day on the track on the men’s side, John Bleday’s 10th-place showing in the 10,000m was the best effort by any of the four Big Green runners in the field.

Sunday’s action will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.