PRINCETON, N.J. - With snow on the ground as a winter-like storm moved its way up the east coast, senior Ethan Shaw (Falmouth, Maine) put his name in the history books Saturday morning as he won the individual title at the Heps Championships hosted by Princeton at West Windsor Fields.
In an extremely exciting race, Shaw tracked down Columbia's Kyle Merber, passing him in the final few meters to take the win by one-hundredth of a second. Officially, Shaw's time was 24:47.6, while Merber was credited with a second-place time of 24:47.7.
The first-place finish was the first for a Dartmouth runner since Ben True won in Van Cortlandt Park in 2008 in 23:59.6.
Shaw's finish earned his team one point in the standings and helped them to a third-place showing with 79 team points.
Senior Brad Kenimer (Alexandria, Va.) was the second Big Green runner to finish as he placed 16th overall in 25:28.7. Kenimer's time narrowly edged out teammate, sophomore John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) in 25:28.8 for 17th place.
Sophomore Steve Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) placed 21st in 25:32.0, while the final Big Green runner to place in the scoring for his team was junior Jonathan Gault (Bedford, Mass.) in 24th. Gault's time of 25:35.0 also rounded out the grouping of four Dartmouth runners to finish in a seven-second window.
Princeton won the event for the second-straight year and the fifth time in the last six years. Dartmouth has now placed third of higher in the last three Heps Championships and other than Columbia is the only team other than Princeton to win an Ivy League title since 2005.
Place Pts. Team
1. 37 Princeton
2. 51 Columbia
3. 79 Dartmouth
4. 91 Brown
5. 125 Cornell
6. 162 Yale
7. 184 Harvard
8. 233 Penn