PHILADELPHIA - The Dartmouth men's track & field wrapped up the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Penn's Franklin Field in eighth place. The Big Green claimed 32 points over the two-day meet.
"When you look at the team score and see that you're at the back of the pack with 32 team points, there is obviously a lot of areas that we know need improvement," head coach Barry Harwick said. "The good news for us was that a lot of the team had their best showings of the season here this weekend in a wide variety of events.
"There certainly were a lot of bright spots, for instance Connor Reilly (Niskayuna, N.Y.) had a great meet for us," Harwick added. "But, the fact of the matter is that the Ivy League has never been as competitive as it is right now. For us to move up in the ranks, we are really going to have to start beefing up our recruiting efforts to continue to bring in talented student-athletes."
Reilly earned points in the finals of both the 100 and 200 meters on Sunday. The junior sprinter took second in the 100 in 10.72 (+0.0) and fifth in the 200 with a time of 21.81. That showing in the 100 earned Reilly All-Ivy Second Team distinction.
John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) was fourth in the 5,000 meters on Sunday, earning four points in the process as he ran a 14:07.87.
In the 1,500 meters, Steve Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) scored with a third-place showing in 4:03.44, while Henry Sterling (South Freeport, Maine) was fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:06.34.
Sixth-place showings also earned Dartmouth team points in both the 4x100-meter relays and Lukas Zirngibl (Middletown, N.J.) in the 800 as he ran a 1:50.40.
Dartmouth will now see several individuals move on to IC4As in Princeton next weekend.