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Men’s and women’s track and field claim top titles at Princeton Outdoor Invitational

Tigers across all boards dominated at the Princeton Outdoor Invitational this weekend.


One of the highlights was sophomore Maia Craver’s first place finish in the heptathlon, but the women won six other events and the team title with an overall total of 195 points on the second day of competition.

13 points came from sophomore Ashley Forte’s second place finish and freshman Anna Jurew’s third place finish in the 800m. Both claimed their titles with personal records.

Senior Cecilia Barowski won the 400m, while junior Elisa Steele came in fifth in the same race. The pair’s performance contributed 12 points to the team total.

Garnering an impressive 8 points, sophomore Christina Walter finished the 100m in second place with a personal record.

Junior Katie Hanss and sophomore Melinda Renuart were the only two female athletes to complete the 3k in under ten minutes, easily earning themselves first and second place in the event.

19 of the 195 points came in the hurdles. Junior Allison Harris placed third in the high hurdles, where freshman Ellie Randolph finished in fifth, followed shortly by senior Taylor Morgan in sixth place. Senior Meghan McMullin placed third in the 400m hurdles, while freshman Carly Bonnet came in fourth place.


Harris and Morgan weren’t limited to the track, however. Harris cleared 4.10 in the pole vault, just shy of the current program record set at the 2004 NCAA Regionals by Chelo Canino ’04. Morgan also impressed by winning the shot put with a personal record and finishing third in the high jump.

Sophomore Kennedy O’Dell and senior Brielle Rowe contributed an additional 16 points with impressive top five finishes in the discus and hammer.

Senior Emily de La Bruyere check earned a first-place finish and broke a personal record in the steeplechase.

Just as the women made their mark this past weekend, the men’s track team made their own mark as they won the Princeton Outdoor Invitational, collecting 245 points, 128.5 points ahead of the second-place team.

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Sophomore Carrington Akosa, freshman Charles Volker, freshman Josh Billington and sophomore Josh Freeman contributed 53 points alone in the 100m and 200m.

Senior Dan McCord, freshman Cole Bransford and junior Bryant Switzer dominated the 400m with first-, third- and fourth-place finishes.

22 points came from the 800m as sophomore Noah Kauppila, senior Luke Brahm, sophomore Garrett O’Toole and sophomore Jared Lee finished first, second, fourth and fifth.

Sophomore Zachary Albright, freshman Jeremy Spiezio and freshman Steven Sum earned consecutive third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 1500m, adding 18 points to the team total.

Freshman Sebastian Silveira took fifth in the 110m hurdles, while senior Greg Caldwell won the entire event.

18 points were added after the 400m hurdles when junior Greg Leeper finished in second, followed by sophomore Spencer Long and freshman Christian Fryer-Davis, who took third and fifth respectively.

Junior Xavier Bledsoe won the high jump, as sophomore Collin Reilly and freshman Andrew Diehl both cleared 1.94.

Sophomore Mitchel Charles won the discus and was the only thrower to get beyond 50 meters. Junior Jared Bell came in second in discus, and junior Chris Cook took fourth.