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Dartmouth Men Third At Heps Meet

Princeton, n.j. —– With several individuals setting personal or season bests, the Dartmouth men’s track and field team got off to a solid start during the first day of competition at the 2013 Ivy League Heptagonal Championship at Princeton’s Weaver Stadium.

Princeton leads the field with 44 team points, while the Big Green sits third with 20.

Dartmouth senior Connor Reilly was the top qualifier in the 100 meters, running a season-best 10.51 secondsin his preliminary heat. Reilly also advanced in the 200 as his 21.25 was the seventh-fastest qualifying mark of the day.

Perhaps the best performance of the day went to senior Brett Gilson in the javelin. Gilson was second in the event with a throw of 221 feet, 11 inches/67.65 meters, a personal best by nearly three meters. Sophomore Jim Budzinski (fifth, 191-10.0/55.69m) and freshman Jacob Shippee (sixth, 182-8.0/54.12m) also finished in the scoring for the Green.

Thomas Servino also picked up eight points with a second-place showing in the hammer throw. The junior posted a measured toss of 190-8.0 (58.11m), just missing out on an individual title by less than three feet.

Both Silas Talbot and Steve Mangan ran personal bests in the prelims of the 1,500 meters and will compete in today’s final. Talbot ran a 3:49.00 and was second in his heat, while Mangan posted a 3:46.88, which was the third-best qualifying time of the day.

Freshman Edward Wagner took third in the prelims of the 40m hurdles with a 53.05.

In the long jump, senior Kevin Crowley earned a point with a sixth-place showing (23-6.0/7.16)

Big Green Women 7th

Princeton, n.j. — The Dartmouth women turned in several strong performances at the first day of the Heps.

Cornell leads the field with 44 team points. The Big Green sits seventh with nine points. Each event today will feature at least one Dartmouth competitor.

Junior Janae Dunchack broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles as she ran a wind-legal 14.49 seconds as part of the heptathlon. After one day of action, Dunchack holds the top spot in the standings with 3,258 points with four top-three finishes.

In the 100, freshman Mollie Gribbin advanced to today’s finals with a seventh-place finish in the preliminary heat, running a 12.17. Gribbin also took fourth in the long jump to earn four points (19-2.0/5.84m). That mark set a Dartmouth standard as it was an inch better than the previous program record set six years ago.

Junior Megan Krumpoch ran a personal-best 58.86 in the 400m hurdles to win her heat and move on to today’s final as the top qualifier.

Looking to defend her title from a season ago, junior Abbey D’Agostino was also the top qualifier in the 1,500 as she ran a 4:24.74 to win her preliminary heat. Freshman Dana Giordano and senior Arianna Vailas also moved on as they qualified fifth (4:26.74) and seventh (4:27.55), respectively, in the prelims.

Sophomore Cathy Liebowitz, of Plainfield, claimed fourth in the hammer throw with a toss of 172-1.0 (52.45m), earning one point for her team. Senior Karla Verkouw also picked up points with a sixth-place showing in the pole vault (11-10.50/3.62m).

Freshman Jennifer Meech reached the finals of both the 400 and 200 after setting personal bests in each event. Meech ran a 24.34 in the 200m, finishing second in her heat and fourth overall, while claiming eighth overall in the 400m in 55.99.

Lauren Ready and Caroline Buck will also run in the finals of their respective events today.

Ready was eighth in the 100 hurdles, crossing in 14.56, while Buck was fifth in the 800 as she ran a 2:09.94.

The meet wraps up today with the finals for all remaining events.

College Baseball

Chargers Postponed

Castleton, Vt. — Because of to a mechanical issue with the irrigation system, play in the North Atlantic Conference Championship Tournament was suspended yesterday and will resume this morning at Castleton State College. The host Spartans will now face Colby-Sawyer at 9 a.m. today.

The day’s second game, featuring Husson and Thomas, will take place at noon, with the winner of the day’s first game and the loser of the day’s second game finishing the day with a contest at 3 p.m.

Rowing

Dartmouth Lightweights Lose Baggaley Bowl

Ithaca, n.y. — The Dartmouth men’s lightweight crew traveled to Cornell for its final cup race of the season. The teams raced for the Baggaley Bowl, with the Big Red coming away with the Bowl after winning the varsity eight race for the first time in two years.

The host Big Red won the race with a time of 5:51.3, just ahead of the Big Green (5:55.1). In the second varsity eight race, Cornell crossed the finish line with a time of 5:51.9, not much slower than the time of the first varsity eight boat. Cornell’s third boat took second place with a time of 5:57.7 while the Big Green were third with a time of 6:03.4

Dartmouth boated a third boat for the second freshman eight race and took runner up honors with a time of 6:51.0, thirty seconds behind Cornell’s crew, who crossed with a time of 6:21.3.

In the freshman race, the Big Red got the better of the Dartmouth crew with a time of 5:55.3 but the Big Green boat wasn’t far off with a time of 6:03.4.

The Big Green are next on the water on May 19, when it heads to Worcester, Mass., for the 2013 Eastern Sprints.

Women’s Rugby

Cadets 2nd
At National Tourney

Palo Alto, Calif. — Norwich University lost to Penn State 63-10 yesterday in the USA Rugby Division I national championship game.

On Friday, Emily Baugus kicked a 35-yard penalty kick as time expired to lift Norwich to a dramatic 33-31 victory over Stanford University in the semifinals.

The 2012-13 season marked the team’s first season at Division I. The Cadets finished with a 16-1 overall record, won the inaugural New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (NECRC) title, beat the 2011 national champions Army twice and five-time national champion Stanford in the national semifinals.