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Princeton's Slovenski Sets Ivy Pole Vault Record at Indoor Championships

Princeton's David Slovenski
Princeton's David Slovenski

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NEW YORK -- Princeton's David Slovenski turned in a top pole vault mark of 17-3.5 Friday at the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning his third straight title in the event and setting an all-time Ivy League record.

The junior, who will likely look to become the event's first four-time champion next spring, broke the previous mark of 17-3.5, set by himself one year ago and Penn's Tom Blair in 1972. Slovenski joins Blair as the pole vault's only three-time champions.

Slovenski represented one of three Tiger wins on the opening day of competition at The Armory as teammate Craig Pearce won his second consecutive title in the weight throw with a top mark of 65-0. That was easily a personal best for the senior whose previous top mark this season was 63-11.75. He won the 2010 Ivy title with a throw of 62-1.

Princeton's Donn Cabral closed out the day's competition with a win in the 3,000m run. The junior, who won the Ivy League's title in cross country last fall, claimed the 3,000m title in a time of 8:04.49. The 10th fastest time in meet history, it also represents the fastest time at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship since 1994 when Army's Jason Stewart won in 8:03.58.

With just four events going final for the men on Saturday, Cornell Steven Bell claimed the individual title in the long jump. The freshman's winning mark 23-8.75 edged out runner-up Dion Lehman of Princeton (23-8.25). In doing so, Bell kept the long jump title in the hands of a Big Red athlete for the fifth consecutive year.

Team standings through four completed events are as follows:
1. Princeton, 59
2. Cornell, 23
3. Harvard, 17
4. Dartmouth, 16
5. Penn, 6
6. Columbia, 3
T7. Brown, Yale, 0