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Tigers Crush Competition at Towson Tigers Invitational in New York –

The Princeton men’s track & field team won the Towson Tigers Invitational held at The Armory in New York City on Saturday night. Princeton collected 219 points to crush the rest of the 17-team field by 144 points. Manhattan was second with 75 points, followed by Coppin State with 55.
Junior Carrington Akosa and sophomore Charlie Volker both made the eight-man final of the 60-meter dash. After clocking a 6.87 to qualify, Akosa bursted out into a 6.78 to claim the win. Volker improved upon his prelims time as well from 6.95 to 6.93 to take seventh in the finals.
Akosa was second in the 200 with a time of 21.92 to earn his team another eight points, while junior Maxwell Schwegman hit 22.57 at the line to win his heat and finish eighth overall to earn an additional team point.
Freshman Joey Daniels won the 60-meter hurdles. He clocked 8.20 in the prelims of 25 hurdlers to make the eight-man final. He shaved .20 off his time for 8.00, a collegiate best for the rookie who came out .14 seconds ahead of the next hurdler.
Fourteen more points came in the 400 as junior Josh Freeman won the event in 48.95. Freshman Michael Zupko won the second heat at 50.13 to finish in fifth place overall.
In the 500, junior Eric Schulz and freshman Gab Montefalcone combined for eight points. Schulz had the fourth best time overall at 1:05.10, while Montefalcone was sixth at 1:06.09
The 800 meters found another 20 points for the Tigers. Sophomore Franklin Aririguzoh won the event with a PR of 1:54.25 and was followed by junior Jared Lee in second place at 1:56.01. Freshman Perrin Hagge scored a point as he took seventh at 2:01.82.
In the 1000, three Tigers earned 13 more points towards the team total. Junior Kenan Farmer was third overall at 2:32.21 with junior Zach Albright fourth at 2:33.15. Freshman Gavin Gaynor rounding out the scorers at 2:34.77.
Albright’s night got even brighter when he claimed victory in the mile with a new personal best. He clocked 4:09.98 to dominate the competition by nearly eight seconds. Hagge was second to Albright at 4:18.16, while junior Kenan Farmer was fifth at 4:23.19 and Gaynor seventh at 4:14.76.
The Tigers went 2-3 in the 3,000 with junior Noah Kauppila running a time of 8:19.63 and junior Rob Stone third at 8:22.29.
Princeton’s A & B relays grabbed 14 points in the 4×400 by winning the each of its heats and taking first and fifth overall. Zupko, Freeman, Cole Bransford and Ray Mennin edge Delaware State at the line 3:19.11, to 3:19.63 to take the 10 points for first place.
Sixteen points were earned in the high jump as junior Colin Reilly cleared 2.07 (6-9.5) for the victory. Sophomore Andrew Diehl cleared 2.04 (6-8.25) to finish third. Both were PRs.
Junior August Kiles won another pole vault event, this time reached 5.12 (16-9.5) for the win. He passed on each height under 5 meters before taking off on 5.05.
Senior Greg Leeper picked up five points in the long jump leaping to 7.10 (23-2.5) on his final attempt. His previous jumps of 6.95 and 6.98 would also have settled him in fourth place.
Sophomore Stefan Amokwandoh won another triple jump, this time with a PR of 15.54 (51). All five of his countable jumps were over 15 meters, a mark no other jumper in the competition could clear.
The Tigers went 1-3-4 in the shot put with senior Christopher Cook leading the charge with a toss of 17.95 (58-10.75) for the win. Junior Mitchel Charles reach 16.08 (52-9.25) on his first attempt for third place, while senior Jared Bell was close behind at 16.07 (52.8.75) for fourth.
Another three-man punch came in the weight throw as Princeton went 2-3-4. Sophomore Adam Kelly threw to 19.60 (64-3.75) on his third throw and was over 19 meters on two other attempts. Senior Vic Youn took third place at 16.73 (54-10.75), while Charles was fourth at 16.69 (54-9.25).

In an elite 800 meters it was a showdown between two familiar faces: former Tiger Russell Dinkins ’13 and Princeton volunteer coach and Olympian Robby Andrews. Dinkins edged the Olympian 1:49.53 to 1:50.04 as the duo went 1-2 in the final.

Princeton will return to action after semester exams on Jan. 29 when it competes in the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet at Yale.

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