Day 2: USA Nationals

The best javelin throwers can toss their spear most of the length of a football field, yet at Friday’s USA Nationals in Eugene, Ore., the event came down to a matter of inches. In fact, first through fourth place were separated by less than two feet.

And Dartmouth’s Sean Furey attempt to defend his national title came up just nine inches short as Nike’s Mike Hazle’s best of 78.22 meters (256-7) was better than Furey’s 77.99 (255-10). Brown senior Craig Kinsley was eighth with a toss of 72.00 (236-2).

While Furey didn’t claim the national crown, former Columbia standout Delilah DiCrescenzo still has a shot at one after qualifying with the second-best time in the steeplechase. Her time of 9:53.33 was actually identical to Bridget Franek’s top mark, but upon closer inspection Franek was 0.005 ahead of DiCrescenzo.

Penn leaping sensation Maalik Reynolds took second in the junior finals of the high jump, his 2.17 meter (7-1 1/2) performance just behind the 2.20 (7-2 1/2) of Edward Dudley of Lake Erie College. Another Quaker — Jesse Carlin — improved her time in the 800-meter run (2:03.63), but was not one of those advancing to the national final. The last time in was 2:02.92.

Harvard’s Becky Christensen took ninth in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.78 (5-10) while Dartmouth’s Ben True was 10th in the 5,000-meter run (13:52.62), well off the pace of winner Bernard Lagat. Cornell multi-eventer Nick Huber finished in 11th place overall in the decathlon with 7,273 points.

Among the juniors joining Reynolds were Cornell long jumper Steven Bell, who was sixth with a windy best of 7.29 (23-11) in his first leap of the competition, and Penn’s Gabrielle Piper, who was 12th in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.38.

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