No. 7 Cornell takes top three spots to win Ivy League championship
PRINCETON, N.J. -- No. 7 Cornell took the top three spots for the first time in program history and placed its first five runners among the top 15 en route to a victory in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Saturday at Princeton's West Windsor Fields.
Cornell earned 31 points, 60 ahead of second-place Princeton. Brown and Harvard tied for third with 93 points apiece, followed by No. 23 Yale (fifth, 108), Columbia (sixth, 116), Dartmouth (seventh, 162) and Penn (eighth, 204).
The Big Red finished with the lowest score since Princeton tallied 15 in 2009. Cornell also recorded the highest margin of victory since Princeton won by 63 points against Columbia in 2008. The Big Red became the fourth team to go 1-2-3 in the Ivy League Championships. Cornell won its second title in a row for the first time since winning three in a row from 1991-93.
Cornell senior Katie Kellner won her first career individual title with a time of 20:28.5, holding off teammates Emily Shearer and Rachel Sorna by 2.3 and 3.3 seconds, respectively. Kellner is the first individual winner from Cornell since Laura Woeller won the title in 1994. Overall, the Big Red placed four runners on the All-Ivy teams and missed out on a fifth by less than two seconds, as Caroline Kellner came in 15th-place with a time of 20:58.5.
Kellner's time beat the best time from last season by almost 90 seconds, as Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino took the 2011 title in 21:58.2. D'Agostino was scratched from this year's race due to injury, as was last year's second-place winner, Columbia sophomore Waverly Neer.
Princeton took second thanks to Greta Feldman (eighth, 20:47.8), Abby Levene (12th, 20:55.5) and sophomore Jackie Nicholas (13th, 20:56.5). However, the Tigers did not produce a first-team All-Ivy runner for the first time since 2000.
Brown's top two runners went 4-5, as junior Heidi Caldwell crossed the line in 20:36.5, followed by senior Olivia Mickle in 20:39.0. Junior Margaret Connelly also earned first-team All-Ivy honors, placing seventh with a time of 20:44.3. Harvard's tie for third place marked its best finish since placing second in 2009. Crimson junior Sammy Silva (20:39.8) took sixth to lead Harvard.
Yale put two on the All-Ivy second team -- senior Nihal Kayali (ninth, 20:49.0) and junior Liana Epstein (11th, 20:53.5). Dartmouth's Dana Giordano was the lone freshman on either of the All-Ivy squads, coming in at No. 14 with a time of 20:56.8.