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Men Sit Third in Standings After One Day of Outdoor Heps

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By Doug Austin
PRINCETON, N.J. – With several individuals setting personal or season bests, the Dartmouth men got off to a solid start during the first day of competition at the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium.

After one day, Princeton leads the field with 44 team points, while the Big Green currently sit third in the standings with 20 points.

Senior Connor Reilly was at the forefront of those strong marks as he was the top qualifier in the 100m, running a season-best 10.51 in his preliminary heat. Reilly will also move on in the 200m as his 21.25 was the seventh-fastest qualifying mark of the day.

Perhaps the best performance of the day went to senior Brett Gilson in the javelin. Gilson was second in the event with a throw of 221-11/67.65m, a personal best by nearly three meters. Sophomore Jim Budzinski (5th, 191-10.0/55.69m) and freshman Jacob Shippee (6th, 182-8.0/54.12m) also finished in the scoring for the Green.

Thomas Servino also picked up eight points with a second-place showing in the hammer throw. The junior posted a measured toss of 190-8.0/58.11m, just missing out on an individual title by less than three feet.

Junior Jalil Bishop was eighth in the 400m and will move on to the finals. He was the final runner to qualify as he crossed in 49.09. Lukas Zirngibl was sixth in the 800m in 1:52.65 and is another of the Dartmouth runners to advance to the final.

Both Silas Talbot and Steve Mangan ran personal bests in the prelims of the 1500m and will move on to the final on Sunday. Talbot ran a 3:49.00 and was second in his heat, while Mangan posted a 3:46.88, which was the third-best qualifying time of the day.

Freshman Edward Wagner took third in the prelims of the 400m hurdles with a 53.05.

In the long jump, senior Kevin Crowley earned a point with a sixth-place showing. Crowley jumped 23-6.0/7.16m on his first attempt of the day.

All the action on Sunday should get underway at noon from Weaver Stadium.