3:05.86! The Asterisk is Gone

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The Princeton Tigers produced the final qualifier to the NCAA Championship as the foursome of Tom Hopkins, Russell Dinkins, Mike Eddy and Austin Hollimon just obliterated the Ivy League’s all-time 4×400-meter record, finishing in 3:05.86.

The Tigers finished behind LSU and ahead of Ohio State in the second heat to take an automatic qualifier to Des Moines, Iowa. Princeton had actually run the fastest 4×4 in Heps’ history earlier this spring (3:07.57), but it was with an asterisk as the 1967 Cornell team ran a statistically superior time in the 4×440-yard relay, which converted to 3:06.9. The splits came in with Hopkins at 47.4, Dinkins 46.5, Eddy 46.2 and Hollimon anchoring in 45.7.

“We had a goal all year to make NCAAs,” said Princeton Coach Fred Samara. “The big split was from Mike Eddy who regained is old drive and amazing determination just in time. We knew we could compete with the big boys. The team had a meeting before the race and stated that we are representing more than Princeton, we represent the Ivy League.”

In total, 18 different Heps’ individuals and Princeton’s amazing relay have fought their way from Bloomington, Ind., to a spot at the nationals:

Mark Amirault (Princeton), 5,000m run
Alex Banfich (Princeton), 5,000m run
Donn Cabral (Princeton), steeplechase & 5,000m run
Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth), 5,000m run
Adrien Dannemiller (Cornell), steeplechase
Russell Dinkins (Princeton), 800m run & 4x400m relay
Mike Eddy (Princeton), 4x400m relay
Nate Edelman (Cornell), 10,000m run
Kate Grace (Yale), 800m run
Ashley Higginson (Princeton), steeplechase
Brian Hill (Harvard), 800m run
Austin Hollimon (Princeton), 4x400m relay
Tom Hopkins (Princeton), 4x400m relay
Nick Huber (Cornell), decathlon
Gary Jones (Cornell), triple jump
Craig Kinsley (Brown), javelin throw
Leslie Kovach (Penn), 5,000m run
Craig Pearce (Princeton), hammer throw
Maalik Reynolds (Penn), high jump
David Slovenski (Princeton), pole vault
Brynn Smith (Brown), hammer throw

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