NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Dartmouth men’s track & field team finished fifth at the 2014 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship Sunday afternoon at Yale’s Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track.
Cornell (149) won its league-best 13th team championship, dethroning the three-time reigning winners from Princeton (149 1/3) in the process. The Big Green earned their place in the standings with 66 2/3 points during the two-day meet.
The highlight of the day for the men from the Upper Valley was senior Steve Mangan winning the 1500m. Mangan narrowly edged out Columbia’s John Gregorek by one-hundredth of a second to take home the event crown as he crossed the finish line in 3:46.23.
Henry Sterling was second in the 3000m steeplechase with an 8:58.18 to his credit. That time was less than a second faster than third-place David Melly (8:58.85) of Cornell.
Like Sterling, sophomore Edward Wagner also was second in his event and earned All-Ivy Second-Team recognition in the process. Wagner was the runner-up in the 400m hurdles, posting a 52.19 to earn eight points toward the team’s final standings.
Curtis King was third in the highly competitive 5000m race, crossing in 14:30.56. In a field of 24 competitors, the top-four finishers all were within three and a half seconds of one another at the end, while the six individuals in the scoring were all within 10 seconds.
The 100m hurdles saw freshman Alex Frye take fourth place with a time of 14.62, earning himself and the Big Green four more points.
That would not be the only event Frye would do well in as he finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the high jump along with Jeremy Birk. Both cleared 6-6.75/2.0m on their first try, but were unable to get over the bar at 2.04m, leaving them deadlocked with Cornell’s Justin Love resulting in the point being divided three ways.
Sprinter John Abraham ran in the finals of both the 100m and 200m on Sunday. In the earlier and shorter of the two events, Abraham was sixth (10.90). He would go on to take seventh (22.45) in the 200m later in the afternoon as well.
The last group to earn points on Sunday was Dartmouth’s 4x800m team that took fifth in 7:34.62. Silas Talbot, Lukas Zirngibl, Tim Gorman and Mangan made up the quartet of runner in the event who helped earn two points.
After a vote by the eight coaches
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer: Max Hairston, Cornell
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer: Maalik Reynolds, Penn
1) Cornell 149
2) Princeton 142.33
3) Harvard 109
4) Penn 82
5) Dartmouth 66.66
6) Columbia 61
7) Brown 52
8) Yale 20