Princeton Hosts New Years Invitational Saturday –


PRINCETON, N.J. (12/6/17) – Princeton hosts its first indoor track & field meet of the season on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Jadwin Gym when it welcomes five area teams for the New Year’s Invitational. Attending the meet are Monmouth, Penn, Rider and The College of New Jersey.

Last year at this meet the Princeton women’s squad won four events, highlighted by Ashley Willingham setting a school record in the 300 as the Tigers.  Five Tigers finished in the top seven of the 300, with four posting PRs. Willingham claimed the victory doing something no Tiger has done before her – run under 40 seconds. She clocked 39.91 to best Eileen Moran’s ’12 mark of 40.36 set at this same meet in 2011. Maia Craver was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles, putting up a PR of 8.73 in the final after an 8.82 in the prelims. Elisa Steele ’17 was the runner-up in the 500 with a PR of  1:15.22.  The 4×400 relay of Craver (59.644), Mikaela Sawyer (1:10.694), Hadley Wilhoite (1:00.573) and Frances Lodge  (57.778) earned a win by more than four seconds, 3:59.69 to Rider’s 4:04.27. In the field events, the Tigers claimed two events: the weight throw and the pole vault. Julia Ratcliffe ’17 won the weight at 19.33 (63-5) with her best mark coming on her final attempt. She was past the 19-meter mark on three of her six throws, with five of them being able to win the event. Kennedy O’Dell was fourth at 16.58 (54-4.75), and was also the runner-up in the shot put at 13.36 (43-10). Allison Harris ’17 won the pole vault at 3.85 (12-7.50). She cleared the height on her first attempt, passed on 3.95 and was unable to get over 4.05 – while the next best mark in the field was 3.75.

On the men’s side it was Carrington Akosa with the big moment of the day as he tied the school record in the 60, while the Tigers went on to win six other events. Akosa sprang to a win this afternoon with a time of 6.73. Akosa was saving it for the final after qualifying with the second-best time out of the 22 competitors in the prelims at 6.88. He improved upon his previous best of 6.80 and is now first in the records book along with Charles Volker. Josh Freeman won the 300 at 34.75 and helped the 4×400 to win along with Michael Zupko, Connor Matthews and Jabari Johnson. Adam Kelly dominated the weight throw at 21.54 (70-8) – the only thrower to get over 20 meters and did it on every countable throw. He hit 20.62 on his first attempt, 21.52 on his second and then 21.54 on his sixth attempt after three fouls. In the pole vault, August Kiles was the winner clearing 5.26 (17-3) on his second attempt at the height. He passed up until 4.95 and then easily made it over that height. Reach 5.10 on his second attempt and passed on 5.18 before taking on the height of 5.26. Stefan Amokwandoh put up a PR to win the triple. He lept to 15.50 (50-10.25) on his third jump – the only jumper over 15 meters.

10:30     Men’s Weight Throw, followed by
    Women’s Weight, followed by
    Women’s Shot Put, followed by
    Women’s Shot Put
11:00    Women’s Long Jump, followed by
    Men’s Long Jump, followed by
    Women’s Triple Jump, followed by
    Men’s Triple Jump
12:30    Men’s Pole Vault, followed by
    Women’s Pole Vault
12:30    Women’s High Jump, followed by
    Men’s High Jump

1:00    Men’s 60m Hurdle Prelims
1:20    Women’s 60m Hurdle Prelims
1:40    Men’s 60m Prelims
1:50    Women’s 60m Prelims
2:00    Men’s Mile
2:15    Women’s Mile
2:30    Men’s 60m Hurdle Final
2:40    Women’s 60m Hurdle Final
2:50    Men’s 60m Final
2:55    Women’s 60m Final
3:00    Men’s 600m
3:10    Women’s 600m
3:20    Men’s 400
3:30    Women’s 400
3:40    Men’s 1,000m
3:55    Women’s 1,000m
4:10    Men’s 300m
4:20    Women’s 300m
4:30    Men’s 4×800 Relay
4:45    Women’s 4×800 Relay
5:00    Men’s 4×400 Relay
5:10    Women’s 4×400 Relay

times are not exact and may move on a rolling basis

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