PRINCETON, N.J. – The Dartmouth men’s track & field team has begun its steady climb up the leaderboard with a sixth-place finish at the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championship this weekend at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium.

The Big Green posted a 26-point improvement over last season’s outdoor meet held at Penn’s Franklin Field. When the final standings were announced late Sunday afternoon, Dartmouth had 58 points, just one back of fifth-place Harvard and a far cry from the eighth-place finish a year ago.

Princeton dominated the field to claim its third straight team crown with 190 points, 28 better than second-place Cornell.

Senior Connor Reilly ran a season-best 10.49 in the finals of the 100m, eclipsing his previous mark of 10.51 from Saturday’s preliminaries, which was also top qualifying time coming into Sunday’s final. That new season standard helped him earn six points for his team in the standings.

Reilly also scored in the 200m, running a 21.57 to take fifth and two more points.

In the 400m hurdles, freshman Edward Wagner claimed second place and eight team points. The first-year Dartmouth runner has been strong all season, but came up big in the conference championship meet with a 52.67 in Sunday’s final, the fifth-fastest time in program history.

Junior Henry Sterling was part of a very tight pack at the top of the 3000m steeplechase standings, finishing fourth. Sterling ran an 8:56.29, just 2.08 seconds back of the winner, helping to add four points on the board for the Green.

Sophomore Silas Talbot was fifth (2 points) in the 1500m, running a 3:51.42 in another of the day’s hotly contested races.

Will Geoghegan was in the scoring in the men’s 5000m race, taking sixth (1 point) in 14:15.75.

Dartmouth’s top relay effort of the day was in the 4x100m where the Big Green finished fourth in 41.34. Sprinters John Abraham, Brett Buskey, Wagner and Reilly combined to post the time and four points.

The quartet of Lukas Zirngibl, Luke Decker, Tim Gorman and Steve Mangan ran a 7:34.77 to finish sixth in the 4x800m and add one more point to the team total.

The Big Green will be back at Princeton and Weaver Stadium next weekend as part of the ECAC/IC4A meets beginning on Friday (May 10).

TEAM STANDINGS
1) Princeton - 190        
2) Cornell - 162     
3) Brown - 75        
4) Columbia - 73     
5) Harvard - 59        
6) Dartmouth - 58     
7) Penn - 46        
8) Yale - 19