Day 4: Nelson Triumphs Over Age


If anyone thought that Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson was getting too old to make it to a fourth Olympics, it’s time to rethink.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old unleashed his best shot put in more than three years at the USA Nationals in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday with a throw of 22.09 meters (72-5 3/4) to win his fifth USA Outdoor title and his first since 2006.

A two-time Olympic silver medalist, Nelson beat out stalwarts Christian Cantwell (21.87 / 71-9) and Reese Hoffa (21.86 / 71-8 3/4) for the crown and that trio will be a remarkable force at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.

“I only plan on participating on one, maybe two, meets in between now and then,” said Nelson. “But my focus this summer is Worlds and that is what I will start training for.”

[UPDATE: Nelson and his victory were covered by the Los Angeles Times and the Eugene Register-Guard.]

If she can collect an A standard, Columbia graduate Delilah DiCrescenzo will join Nelson abroad as she took third in the steeplechase, finishing in 9:46.31. The A standard she needs is 9:43. Finishing ahead of her were Emma Coburn (9:44.11) and Bridget Franek (9:44.90).

Afterward DiCrescenzo said, “I made it in cross country which was great, but this means a lot more to me because track is that much more special to me and I’ve been trying a lot more at this event so I’m really happy to make it this time.”

Two Heps’ athletes competed in the men’s high jump, with Princeton graduate Tora Harris taking fifth (7-5 3/4) and Penn freshman Maalik Reynolds 12th (7-0 1/2).

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