Cornell edges Princeton in closest Ivy Heptagonal meet since 2003
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- In the closest finish since 2003, Cornell held off Princeton to win the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Track & Field Championships, Saturday and Sunday in New Haven, Conn.
The Big Red finished with 149 points, just ahead of the Tigers, who gathered 142.333 points. The 6.67 point differential is the closest since Cornell held off Princeton by three, 130-127, also in New Haven, Conn. It marks Cornell's first win of the outdoor championships since 2010.
Harvard placed third with 109 points, followed by Penn (82), Dartmouth (66.67), Columbia (61), Brown (52) and Yale (20).
With three events remaining, Princeton led Cornell 129.33-122.66. But the Big Red placed two in the high jump, won the 4x800m relay and took third in the discus to pass the three-time defending champions.
Sophomore Max Hairston was voted most outstanding track performer after sweeping both the 110mH and 400mH, the first to do so since Penn's Randy Cox in 1987. Hairston's fellow classmate Larry Gibson had a busy Sunday, winning the 200m, placing second in the 400m and helping the Big Red win both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Junior Stephen Mozia also placed in multiple events, winning the shot put and placing third in both the discus and the hammer. His shot put mark of 63-3 ½ trails only Princeton's August Wolf's mark of 66-1 ½ (1983) in meet history and ranks fifth all-time in League history.
Princeton senior Tom Hopkins led the way for the Tigers. After placing second in the long jump on Saturday, Hopkins won the 400m on Sunday and was the runner-up in the 200m and both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Sophomore John Hill took the 100m dash, the first Tiger to do so since Vincent Smith in 1989.
Penn senior Maalik Reynolds was voted most outstanding field performer after winning the high jump with a mark of 7-04 ½, fourth-best in both meet and League history. He won his third title in the event and first since 2012.
1. Cornell, 149
2. Princeton, 142.33
3. Harvard, 109
4. Penn, 82
5. Dartmouth, 66.66
6. Columbia, 61
7. Brown, 52
8. Yale, 20