HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth men’s track & field team finished fourth at the 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship inside Leverone Field House on Sunday.
The Big Green made a huge jump on the second day of competition to move up three spots in the standings. Overall, the home team registered 71 points on the weekend.
Princeton won its fourth straight indoor conference crown with an impressive 169 points, 67 more than second-place Penn (102).
• In an impressive performance that stunned many in Ivy League circles, but few at Dartmouth, junior Justin Donawa was crowned as the conference champion in the triple jump. Donawa’s 15.57m/51-1.0 came on his first attempt of the day and was good enough to secure him the title and the 10 points. After finishing fourth in last year’s meet, Donawa took the crown at home and snapped Harvard (3) and Princeton’s (4) seven-year stranglehold on the triple jump title.
• It was his second Ivy League title of the year as Donawa is also a member of the Big Green men’s soccer team that captured the Ancient Eight crown. In the process, he became the first Dartmouth student-athlete to win a team championship in another sport and an individual Heps title in the same year since Adam Nelson ’97 won a championship with football during the 1996 season and both the indoor and outdoor shot put in 1997.
• Dartmouth was once again back atop the heptathlon podium as Ben Ose took the crown in the event with 5430 points, the third-best mark in school history. Ose became the sixth different Big Green student-athlete to win the heptathlon, giving Dartmouth its 12th win, twice as many as Penn.
• Ben Colello was third with 5202 points with Matt Sindelar taking fourth thanks to 4927 points. All together, the trio added a combined 20 points toward the final standings.
• In the first race of the day, the Big Green picked up four points as junior Miles Irish ran to a fourth-place finish in the mile. Irish ran a 4:12.40. Pat Gregory just missed out on scoring, finishing sixth in 4:13.76.
• The next race on the track also saw the home team score as junior Alec Eschholz was sixth in 8.15, scoring one point. Classmate Parker Johnson was seventh in the final in 8.26.
• In one of the most exciting finishes of the day, freshman Tim Zepf ran to a second-place finish in the final of the 800m. Zepf’s sprint to the finish line in the last few meters resulted in eight points thanks to a 1:52.76 time, one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Columbia’s Josiah Langstaff.
• Nick Feffer and Reed Horton navigated a treacherous final 15 meters in the 1000m final to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Feffer crossed in 2:27.49, while Horton stumbled across the line three-tenths of a second later after becoming entangled in the legs of Columbia’s Spencer Haik.
• The men’s Distance Medley Relay team ran to third in 9:56.40, adding six points toward the Big Green’s total.
• The 4x800m matched their DMR counterparts by claiming third in 7:38.72.
• In the final event of the day on the track, the Dartmouth men won their section of the 4x400m relay in 3:16.51. But an unbelievable finish in the second section saw just four-hundredths of a second separate the first- and third-place teams, all of which were just barely ahead of the home team, moving the Big Green to fourth.
All-Ivy League Performances:
• Justin Donawa — Triple Jump (First)
• Benjamin Ose — Heptathlon (First)
• Timothy Zepf — 800m (Second)
1. Princeton | 169
2. Penn | 102
3. Brown | 85
4. Dartmouth | 71
5. Cornell | 58
6. Harvard | 51
7. Yale | 46
8. Columbia | 38