Day 1: USA Nationals

Three former Heps champions advanced at the USA Nationals in Eugene, Ore., Thursday while another took seventh in his specialty.

The finals of the women’s 1,500-meter run, slated for Saturday afternoon, will have two Ivy Leaguers in contention as both Cornell’s Morgan Uceny and Brown’s Anna Pierce have qualified. Uceny had the second-best time in the semifinals, recording a 4:08.68 in the second heat. Pierce was an automatic qualifier in the slower first heat, finishing third in 4:14.32.

The other Ivy qualifier was Penn’s Jesse Carlin in the 800-meter run as she was the fastest at-large advancer (2:04.53). Friday evening she will get her shot to make it to the final as the top four in each of two heats will advance.

Conor McCullough, who was the World Junior Championship in the hammer last summer after breaking the Ivy record in that event, did not return to Princeton last season, but he has continued to throw long. His best throw of 71.21 meters (233-7) was little more than six feet out of third place. He instead settled for seventh.

Cornell junior Nick Huber racked up 3,756 points in his first day of competition in the decathlon by posting the following marks — 11.32 in the 100, 21-4 1/2 in the long jump, 44-6 3/4 in the shot put, 6-5 in the high jump and 50.43 in the 400.

Former Princeton star Liz Costello, now sporting the orange of Tennessee, was 21st in the 10,000-meter run (33:52.55), which was won by superstar Shalane Flanagan in 30:59.97.

There were two other Ivy Leaguers who competed, but failed to advance. Columbia’s Liam Boylan-Pett finished in 3:42.42 in the 1,500-meter run, placing 17th overall. While he did not advance to final, his time was quicker than three who did move on, including heat three winner Bernard Lagat. Cornell senior Adrien Dannemiller was ninth in his heat of the steeplechase, finishing his rounds in 8:54.65.

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