PHILADELPHIA – The Dartmouth men climbed the ranks on the final day of the 2018 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship, finishing fourth at Penn’s Franklin Field.
The Big Green posted 74 points on the weekend, including 59 on Sunday alone as the team moved from seventh on Saturday to their fourth-place finish after all 22 scoring events wrapped up. Princeton ran away with the title, scoring 178 points over the course of the two days.
1. Princeton | 178
2. Penn | 142
3. Cornell | 81
4. Dartmouth | 74
5. Columbia | 68
6. Harvard | 60
7. Brown | 40
8. Yale | 39
• The team’s lone event win of the weekend came in the decathlon as Benjamin Ose took the crown. Ose was the winner of the indoor heptathlon in Hanover back in February and returned to the top of the podium at Penn by winning outdoors as well.
• The junior dominated the field with 7491 points, the second-best mark in league history at Heps and the second-best mark ever in the event by a Dartmouth student-athlete. It also ranks as the eighth-best score ever achieved by an Ivy Leaguer. Ose has put himself in good position to secure one of the 24 decathlon spots at the NCAA Championship meet in Oregon next month (June 6-9).
• Ose won the long jump, 110m hurdles and pole vault over the weekend.
• Ben Colello earned his second All-Ivy League Second Team recognition of the weekend as the decathlon runner-up behind only his teammate. Colello posted 7198 points over two days and 10 events. A day after taking second in the javelin, Colello was the winner of the event during the decathlon, posting a throw of 66.06m that should earn him a spot at the NCAA East Regional. Matthew Sindelar took fifth (6197) and added two points, bringing the event total to 20 for the Green and White.
• Another area where the Big Green dominated was in the 400m hurdles where three members of the team took combined to score 18 points. Leading the way in second place was freshman Maxwell Frye in 52.11 to earn all-league second-team recognition.
• Parker Johnson (52.25) and Alec Eschholz (52.95) were third and fourth, respectively.
• Marco Pompilj was third in a very close 3000m steeplechase race. Pompilj ran a 9:01.70, less than a second back of runner-up Colin Daly of Penn and his teammate and event champion William Daly.
• Miles Irish claimed fourth in the 1500m with a 3:49.18 to his credit, earning another four points in the process.
• A fourth-place finish also went to sophomore Ethan Ruh in the shot put. Ruh’s fifth throw of the day proved to be his best, as it measured 15.67m.
• Johnson was the only Dartmouth sprinter to come away from Sunday’s 110m hurdles final with points as he crossed the line fifth in 14.38. In doing so, he scored two points for his team.
• In the 800m, freshman Timothy Zepf was sixth in 1:49.62.
• The 4x400m relay team of Eschholz, Frye, Johnson and Amos Cariati ran a 3:12.74 to take fifth and a pair of points.
• In the 4x100, Adam Couitt, Mattieu Freeman, Lloyd May and Donovan Spearman were sixth in 41.64.
• Spearman qualified for the finals of both the 100m and 200m, but an injury Sunday in the former prevented him from running at all in the latter.
• Dartmouth will host the 2018 New England Championship Meet Friday and Saturday (May 11-12) at Memorial Field. Admission is free.
• Given the number of strong times posted over the course of the outdoor season, the coaching staff expects there to be a very large number of individuals qualifying for the NCAA East Regional Meet in Tampa later this month (May 24-26).