Saturday, January 07, 2017

Princeton Sinks Navy in Dual Track Meet, 105-75

Princeton Sinks Navy in Dual Track Meet, 105-75

Princeton Sinks Navy in Dual Track Meet, 105-75


HANOVER, N.H. (1/6/17) - The Princeton men's track & field team opened th 2017 season defeating Navy 105-75 in a dual meet at Jadwin Gym. It marked the 60th year anniversary of the first time the two squads met.

The Tigers won 15 of 18 events on the afternoon.

Sophomore Charlie Volker, fresh off an Ivy League title in football, won the 60-meter dash at 6.93. In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Sebastian Silviera posted a PR of 8.46 to finish third overall. In the 200, junior Josh Freeman captured the win at 22.13

Junior Carrington Akosa won the 400 with a new PR of 48.85 and was followed by freshman Michael Zupko at 50.18.  Another 1-2 finish came Iin the 500 with a win by Senior Ray Mennin at 1:04.97, also a PR, with sophomore Cole Bransford clocking 1:05.51 for second.

Sophomore Franklin Aririguzoh won a tight 800 race by eight hundredths of a second, 1:57.30 to 1:57.38. Junior Jared Lee was third at 1:57.88. Two more Tigers won their middle distances races, junior Noah Kauppila clocked 2:29.66 for the 1,000 and junior Zachary Albright ran 4:14.35 in the mile.

In the only distance the Tigers elected to run in today, the 3k, junior Rob Stone took second at 8:35.08

Princeton won both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Zupko, senior Jabari Johnson, freshman Connor Matthews and Mennin made up the 4x400 that won 3:21.65 5o 3:21.96. It was a six-second differential in the 4x800 with Aririguzoh, Lee, Kauppila and Josh Ingalls.

All three Princeton high jumpers had personal bests this afternoon. Senior Xavier Bledsoe cleared 2.14 (7-00.25) on his second attempt to win the high jump. Junior Colin Reilly and sophomore Andrew Diehl both tied for second with clearances of 2.04 (6-8.25).

Junior August Kiles won the pole vault making it over 5.11 (16-9.25) on his first attempt at the height. Senior Ben Gaylord was the runner up at 4.80 (15-9).

In the long jump, senior Greg Leeper claimed the win with a jump of 6.88 (22-7) coming on his second attempt. His fifth jump of 6.84 would have gotten him the win as well. In the triple jump, sophomore Stefan Amokwandoh leapt to 15.02 (49-3.50) on his first jump and it would hold up for the win. He also reached 14.87.

The Tigers won both throwing events, as senior Chris Cook claimed the shot put and sophomore Adam Kelly won the weight. All five of Cook's countable throws reached over 17 meters, his best of 17.97 (58-11.50) coming on his final throw. Senior Jared Bell took third at 16.15 (53). Kelly launched the weight to 21.26 (69-9) on his second attempt. All six of his throws were over 20 meters, a mark none of the other five throws reached.

Princeton will compete at the Towson Tiger Invitational at The Armory in New York City next Saturday, Jan. 14.

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