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Sports shorts: men and women have successful home meet, Harvard heavyweights retain Compton Cup

Men’s track and field posts a number of top finishes at Larry Ellis Invitational

The men’s track and field team hosted the Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium last Friday and Saturday, and the Tigers had strong performances from start to finish. Day 1 saw two victories for Princeton, as freshman Chris Cook won the shot put with a throw of 17.33 m. Senior captain Scott Rushton’s throw of 17.01 m was good for third and made Cook and Rushton just two of three competitors to throw beyond 17 m. On the track, Princeton dominated the 5K, as senior Tyler Udland and senior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin went 1-2 in the event, and both ran personal bests of under 14 minutes.

Day 2 saw more strong performances from the Tigers, as sophomore Jake Scinto recorded the top collegiate mark in the long jump with a leap of 7.14 m. Senior Omar Jarrett made noise with a third-place finish in the long jump, as he cleared a personal best of 2.09 m (6-10.25) that was two inches better than his previous PR. Cook continued his strong weekend with a fifth-place finish in the discus, throwing just under 50 m with a mark of 49.95 m.

The Tigers will compete at the Penn Relays this week, as well as at the TCNJ Lions Invitational.

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Ratcliffe breaks 70 meters to highlight strong weekend for women

The women’s track and field team performed well at the Larry Ellis Invitational as well, with a pair of freshmen highlighting Friday night. Rookie Megan Curham was second in the 5K, barely missing a sub-16 mark with a time of 16:00.71. Her blistering time is the second-fastest in school history. Freshman Lizzie Bird had a strong performance in the 1500, as she placed seventh in the elite race with a time of 4:27.42.

Day 2 provided a number of great performances for the women, as senior Imani Oliver won the triple jump, placed second in the long jump and anchored the fifth place 4×100 relay. Freshman Allison Harris was the runner-up and top collegiate in the pole vault, as she cleared a personal best of 3.95 meters (12-11.50). Freshman Zoe Sims clocked a 2:11.96 in the 800 to take first, and sophomore Megan McMullin won the 400 hurdles in 1:00.08.

But sophomore Julia Ratcliffe stole the show once again, as she once again put up a New Zealand national record, Ivy League record, Princeton record and personal record of 70.28 m (230-07) in the hammer throw. The NCAA leader in the hammer throw, Ratcliffe has gained 7.31 m on her season mark since the beginning of the season.

The women will also compete at Penn and The College of New Jersey this week.

Eisenberg Cup goes to women’s openweight crew

For the fifth straight time, the Princeton openweight women held onto the Eisenberg Cup against a visiting Yale crew. Lake Carnegie was the venue for the showdown.

2.6 seconds separated the victorious Tiger varsity eight – their time was 7:03.8 – from their opponents. Other Princeton wins came in the second and third varsity eights, both by wide margins. The Bulldogs posted a 1.1-second win over the hosts in a tight varsity four race.

This marks the second-straight victory for the openweights after a pair of second-place finishes at home.

Brown remains the top-ranked unit in the Ivies. Brown posted a close win over the Tigers earlier this season. A number of Ancient Eight sides could still make a run at the title.

The postseason is still some ways away for this crew. Over the next two weeks, it will face Dartmouth, Penn and Clemson in consecutive home regattas.

After convincing win by women’s lightweight, the stage is set for a matchup with Harvard

A whopping 15.5 seconds separated the Princeton lightweight women from their Georgetown opponents in the varsity eight final.

While this home contest did not result in a particularly stressful finish, it sets the stage for one of the regular season’s critical matchups. Next week at Lake Carnegie, Princeton and Harvard will compete for the Class of 1999 Cup.

The Tigers are currently ranked No. 3 in the country while the Crimson is ranked No. 2. However, the Cambridge crew managed an upset win this past weekend over reigning champion and top-ranked Stanford.

Heavyweight men edged out by No. 3 Harvard

For eight years, the Compton Cup has gone to the Crimson-clad rowers of Harvard. This regular-season bout holds a great deal of significance between the two historic heavyweight crews.

Held on the one and only Charles River, the 2014 iteration of this regatta came down to a 1.1-second difference. Harvard’s time of 6:09.0 just edged out the 6:10.1 race posted by Princeton’s top boat.

The Tigers would only win one race on the day with a 16-second victory in the third varsity eight boat.

MIT also featured in the first two eight-man races but came in far behind the field.

The loss will sting, as ever, but the Tigers will have two more opportunities to refine their form on their home course before returning to Massachusetts for the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges Championships.

Tiger lightweights rebound with dominant showing

All three of the Senior Day races ended with Princeton boats victorious. Lake Carnegie saw the Tigers post a 9.8-second win over the visiting Quakers and a 17.5-second advantage over the Hoyas of Georgetown.

This final home regatta meant a successful defense of the Wood-Hammond Cup.

A second Tiger varsity eight boat topped the field in their race, while the 3V and 4V units took first and second in the remaining race.

Currently ranked fifth nationally, the Princeton lightweights will travel to Boston and then New York in the next two weeks to close out their regular season.

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