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Tigers Do It Again! 4xMile Wins Penn Relays Championship

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/28/2012
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Senior Joe Stilin
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PHILADELPHIA (4/28/12) - The Princeton track team has done it again! The 4xMile won the Penn Relays Championship on Saturday, April 28 at Franklin Field. The Tigers won the distance medley relay yesterday. This is the second straight year the 4xMile has won the Penn Relays.

The relay ran 16:16.79.

Sophomore Michael Williams started off with a 4:12 and senior Joe Stilin ran 4:02.8 in the second leg. Senior Trevor Van Ackeren ran the third leg in 4:02.1 and senior Donn Cabral ran the anchor in 3:59.9.

Cabral is the only returning member of the last year's winning 4xMile. Cabral, Stilin and Williams made up three of the four legs of yesterday's winning DMR relay.

The Tigers have become the first Ivy League team to win two Championship of America relays at the same Relays since Yale in 1961

In the center of the track, sophomore Damon McLean recorded the second-best mark in program history in the triple jump. McLean reached 15.88 (52-1.25) to set a new personal best to finish as the runner-up in the event and situate himself amongst the nation's best in the triple jump.

Princeton's final event of the Penn Relays was the 4x800 Championship. The Tigers finished seventh with a time of 7:29.34. Junior Russell Dinkins ran 1:50.9 to lead off and passed off to freshman Bradley Paternostro who ran the fastest leg at 1:49.4. Junior Michael Palmisano took the baton for 1:53.3 with Van Ackeren anchoring at 1:55.7.

In the News

Princeton Men Take 4-Mile Title at Penn Relays - The Trentonian
Liberty High School's Trevor Van Ackeren helps Princeton four-mile relay team to first-place finish at Penn Relays - The Express Times

Quotes from PennRelays.com

Donn Cabral
Anchor - Princeton
I seen so many times where two day meets have a huge day one, but it's hard to come back on day two. After we won yesterday, we concentrated on the 4xmile championship today. Historically, I've always been the kind of runner that runs away from people, so it was strange to have them run away from me. I guess in a way it's kind of flattering. We did a really good job of keeping our composure. We competed well and stayed level headed.

Trevor Van Ackeren
3rd Leg - Princeton
We knew there was going to be a lot of competition. We knew there was going to be three to for teams who can run with us. Winning yesterday gave us a lot of confidence but at the same time we knew that we could dominate again today. We were in the race the whole time, which made it easy for Donn. We're just fortunate to be able to take two back home with us.


Day 2

PHILADELPHIA (4/27/12) - For the second straight year the Princeton men's track & field team has won a championship at Penn Relays.

The distance medley relay of senior Joe Stilin, sophomore Tom Hopkins, sophomore Michael Williams and Donn Cabral posted a time of 9:42.45 to win the race. Stilin started the relay off with a 2:59 in 1200 meters, before Hopkins ran one lap in 46.3 for the second leg. Williams ran 1:51.4 in 800 meters and Cabral anchored with a 4:05.8 in the final 1600 meters.

Princeton won the 4xMile last year capturing the program's first championship at the Penn Relays since 1931. Cabral was a member of that relay, along with Mark Amirault '11, Kyle Soloff '11 and Chris Bendtsen '14.

The Tigers beat out relays from nationally-ranked squads No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 7 Indiana, No. 10 Texas, No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 22 Oregon. Princeton itself is ranked No. 24 in the national rankings.

In other events today, Adam Bragg was the runner-up in the College pole vault clearing 4.95 (16-2.75). In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Nilan Schnure ran 56.15 and Tom Scott 56.41.

The Tigers are scheduled to compete in four final events tomorrow afternoon, while also taking part in the TCNJ Lions Invitational.



In the News

Cabral Anchors Princeton Win in DMR - Philadelphia Inquirer
Cabral Anchors Tigers to Win at Penn Relays - Comcast SportsNet
Oregon, Princeton Win Big at Relays - ESPN.com
Princeton Pulls the IVY Upset - PennRelays.com



Quotes from PennRelays.com

Steve Dolan
Coach - Princeton
I'm so proud of the guys and it's so exciting. We were able to win that 4xMile last year, and we got a taste of it. We said all year we wanted to come back and win a relay this year. To a man they ran great legs. Those were some of the great DMR's, and we feel very fortunate to have gotten that win today.

Donn Cabral
Anchor - Princeton
I could hear the announcer say it was a packed race and everyone was back in it. I always kinda feel that I'd rather be in the lead at a comfortable pace, then having to go around people making moves. I figured if I could stay comfortable and keep a last gear or two for the last two hundred meters then I'd have as good a chance as any one. (on Penn Relays) This is awesome, I didn't get to do it in high school, so I'm getting my moneys worth in college.

Michael Williams
3rd Leg - Princeton
When I got the baton in the lead I was like, "I gotta go out hard and make these guys chase me." The whole week... I knew we were gonna have a good shot at it. As it was happening I was like, "This is unreal, I can't believe this." When they announced Princeton wins I just kinda went bezerk, I was like, "This is crazy" it's really unbelievable. This is about as good as it gets for track.

Tom Hopkins
2nd Leg - Princeton
When I saw Joe kick with over 400 meters to go, he systematically took over the race, I just felt like we could be the team to win the DMR on this day. Taking that victory lap, ever since I took those first few steps on the track I was in this blissful state. It was a very unreal experience.

Joe Stilin
1st Leg - Princeton
I wanted to get the stick to Tom, and break up the field a bit. If I could get it to Tom with just two or three teams still around me I would say that was a success. I decided to just go for it, and I kinda jumped the field, and surprised some of the guys a little bit. I was able to get the baton to Tom in first place and I think that gave the team confidence. We're trying to build Coach Dolan a wagon with Penn Relays discs. Right now we have a bicycle and tomorrow we are trying to move up to a tricycle.



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Day 1

PHILADELPHIA (4/26/12) - The Princeton men's track & field team competed in four events on the first day of the Penn Relays. The majority of the Tigers' competition will be on Friday.

Highlighting Day 1 as a new PR by senior Peter Maag in the Championship 5,000. Maag shaved more than 10 seconds off his previous best time by clocking in at 14:19.97 to finish 15th. His previous best came this season at the Sam Howell Invitational, a time of 14:30.52. Freshman Matt McDonald ran 14:33.46 in the same event.

Sophomore William Brown recorded his best collegiate steeplechase time as his tackled the Olympic Development Steeplechase. Brown ran 9:17.69 to finish eighth.

In the Championship Steeplechase, freshman Connor Martin placed seventh with a time of 9:04.03. Classmate Eddie Owens was 12th at 9:13.32.

In the final event of the day, sophomore James Webb ran 14:41.58 in the Olympic Development 5k to finish 12th overall with the fourth best collegiate time in the event.

Princeton kicks off Day 2 with the Championship 400m Hurdles at 9 a.m.







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