PHILADELPHIA -- Princeton has a commanding lead heading into day two of the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Tigers finished the first day of competition with 52 points, well-ahead of second-place teams Harvard and Cornell, with 31 points apiece. Brown (15), Penn (10), Dartmouth (7), Yale (6) and Columbia (3) round out the scoring.
Princeton is gunning for its second-straight Ivy League Outdoor Championships title, a feat it last achieved when it won three in a row from 1998-2000. On Saturday, the Tigers placed at least two on the podium in three separate events, including three each in the 10,000m and the pole vault.
Princeton senior Donn Cabral won his third-straight 10,000m title, crossing the line in 29:32.92. He was joined on the medal stand by senior Brian Leung (fifth, 29:38.22) and sophomore Alejandro Arroyo Yamin (sixth, 29:50.33). In the pole vault, Cornell sophomore Peter Roach took the title with a mark of 16:09 ½, but Princeton freshman Adam Bragg (second, 16-04 ¾), senior David Slovenski (third, 16-00) and senior Derek Hynes (fourth, 15-03) each earned points for their squad. Prior to the event, a moment of silence was held for former Penn pole vault champion Mamadou Johnson, who still holds the all-time Ivy League record in the event.
Cornell went 1-3 in the long jump with senior Chase Aaronson winning the title (24-02 ½) and sophomore Steven Bell placing third (23-04 ½). But Princeton again picked up valuable points, as sophomore Tom Hopkins finished second with a mark of 23-10 ¾ and sophomore Damon McLean placed fourth with a leap of 23-02.
In the two throwing events of the day, Princeton sophomore Conor McCullough set a meet hammer throw record with a heave of 236-08, while Harvard put three on the podium in freshman Ben Glauser (second, 195-00), sophomore Dustin Brode (fifth, 174-01) and junior Matthew Polega (sixth, 172-02). Crimson freshman Dean Sullivan won the javelin with a toss of 208-11 to become the first Harvard winner in that event since Chris Clever won the last of his three-straight titles in 2001.
The decathlon 110m hurdles kicks off day two of the Outdoor Championships, and the first title event will be the high jump at 11:00 a.m.