The Roundup: Week 7

by James Handal and Evan Morgan | 5/8/16 5:01pm

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The equestrian team sent rides to the National Championships for the second year in a row.
by Tiffany Zhai / Tiffany Zhai/The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Baseball

The Dartmouth men’s baseball team fell to Yale University 5-4 in its one-game playoff to decide the winner of the Red Rolfe Division, with a spot at the Ivy League Championship Series on the line. Yale was able to score two runs in the bottom of the eighth and closed it out in the top of the ninth to play Princeton University next weekend. Yale’s win prevented Dartmouth from winning its ninth consecutive division title.

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Men’s track and field took fifth place overall at the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Dartmouth scored a run in the second when Adam Gauthier ’16 had a sacrifice fly to lead 1-0. In the fourth inning, the Big Green doubled their lead as Kyle Holbrook ’18 hit a solo home-run to lead 2-0.

The Bulldogs responded by scoring two runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth to take the lead 3-2. The Big Green scored a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to regain the lead 4-3. Yale responded in the bottom of the eighth and scored the two game-winning runs to ultimately win 5-4. Dartmouth was unable to respond in the top of the ninth.

The Bulldogs had 10 hits to the Big Green’s eight. Duncan Robinson ’16 pitched seven and one-third innings allowing four runs and 10 hits.

Men’s Track and Field

The men’s track and field team finished fifth in the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships at Princeton University this weekend.

The team participated in each individual event, earning points towards each school’s total. Anthony Anzivino ’16 placed eighth in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Joey Chapin ’16 placed fifth in the 5000-meter finishing in 14 minutes 21.92 seconds. Parker Johnson ’19 placed sixth in the 400-meter hurdles to earn a point for the Big Green. Alec Eschholz ’19 placed sixth in the 110 hurdles. Tim Gorman ’16 placed seventh in the 1500. Dartmouth placed fourth in the 4x100 relay to earn two points and sixth in the 4x400 race to earn another point.

On Saturday in the 10,000, Daniel Salas ‘17 finished fourth in 29:43.54. Max Cosculluela ’17 placed third in the pole vault at 5.00 meters. Corey Muggler ’17 placed sixth in the long jump at 7.02 meters. Colin Minor ’18 placed fourth in the hammer throw at 61.16 meters. In the discus throw, Lucas Ribeiro ’19 finished ninth at 48.44 meters.

On Sunday in the field, Jacob Shippee ’16 placed second in the javelin throw. Minor placed 12th in the shot put at 15:36 meters. Alex Frye ’17 placed seventh in the high jump. In a last event of the day, Justin Donawa ’19 placed third in the triple jump leaping 15.36 meters.

Women’s Track and Field

At the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship this weekend, Dartmouth placed fifth, improving on a seventh-place showing in 2015. The Big Green’s total of 81 points was well behind three-time champion Harvard University (160) but ahead of Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

In her final Heps, Dana Giordano ’16 turned in a big-time performance, winning the 1500-meters in 4 minutes 20.03 seconds and coming from behind in the 5000 (16:33.39) to eke out a victory by just over half a second.It was her first career win in the 5000. The victories made her First-Team All-Ivy in both events and the first woman ever to win both in the same year. Giordano also became the first Ivy League woman to take three consecutive titles in the 1500m.

Also competing in her last Heps, Kaitlin Whitehorn ’16 jumped 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters) to win the high-jump, besting her competition by seven-tenths of a meter. Whitehorn, who competed at the NCAA indoor championships in March, is the only Dartmouth woman to not only win three high jump titles but also win them consecutively.

Two Big Green athletes also earned second team all-Ivy honors. Jennifer Meech ’16 crossed the line second in the 400 with a time of 53.99, adding to her fourth-place showing in the 200. In the javelin, Olivia Wiener ’19 threw 41.93 meters on her first attempt to take second in the event.

Elsewhere, Dartmouth earned two third place finishes: Reid Watson ’16 in the 10,000m (34:55.52) and Kaitlin McCallum ’16 in the pole vault (3.70 meters). The Big Green relay teams took fourth in both the 4x100 and 4x400. Allison Frantz ’18 and Maria Garman ’19 also added points in the heptathlon, coming in fifth and sixth respectively.

Equestrian

Four Dartmouth equestrians — Lindsay Seewald ’16, Catherine Conway ’17, Anna Knowles ’16 and Erin McCarthy-Keeler ’19 — competed at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships this weekend in Lexington, Kentucky. Seewald was third in the country in the Intermediate Equitation on the Flat and Knowles took the overall crown in the Teresa McDonald Scholarship Challenge.

Conway and Seewald qualified for Nationals by placing first or second in their class at Regionals and then doing the same against riders from all of New England at the highly competitive Zones. Nationals upped the competition even further, as the 16 riders in each class are the cream of the crop of the thousands of collegiate riders from across the country.

As at shows during the regular season, horses are randomly assigned to riders at Nationals. Conway rode first in the Novice Fences class on Thursday morning and “had a little bit of a tough start to her course,” according to head coach Sally Batton. After Conway’s first horse was spooked by the full arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, she was granted a re-ride on another difficult horse. Despite a solid ride, Conway’s score was not high enough to earn a ribbon.

Like Conway’s second mount, Seewald’s horse was provided by Skidmore College. This time, the pairing of Dartmouth rider with the horse proved fruitful. Seewald — who Batton said “is so strong she can ride any horse” — impressed the judges with her “beautiful” touch and hands, and eventually earned a third place finish and a yellow ribbon.

Knowles and McCarthy-Keeler represented not just Dartmouth but all of New England. The pair qualified for Nationals by earning Zone 1’s top two scores on a on a comprehensive timed written examination of equine knowledge, including “veterinary information, horse health care, vaccinations and medications,” Batton said.

At Nationals, the written examination was replaced by a practicum in which competitors demonstrated practical knowledge like wrapping a horse’s leg or taking its pulse. McCarthy-Keeler was seventh in the practicum, while Knowles earned the highest score of all sixteen competitors. After winning Dartmouth’s first national equestrian title in the event last year, Knowles becomes the Big Green’s first two-time national champion.