One of these days, the folks broadcasting international competitions are going to have to recognize what the editors of LetsRun.com are now acknowledging:
American Morgan Uceny is currently the best women’s 1,500-meter runner on the planet. Let us repeat that again: American Morgan Uceny is currently the best women’s 1,500-meter runner on the planet.
Yesterday at the Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England, Uceny — the Diamond League points leader — was simply bypassed in the introductions and then not mentioned in the race itself in the first three minutes. Until she simply took off from the world-class field and left the world’s best chasing her. The Cornellian has now won at USA Nationals, Lausanne and Birmingham in three weeks.
LetsRun is reporting that Uceny is likely to be the first American back-to-back winner in the 1,500 on the European circuit in more than 25 years and the last to do it was Mary Decker Slaney. Regina Jacobs and Suzy Favor Hamilton never did it.
Puma reality star Delilah DiCrescenzo — a Columbia grad — had a huge improvement in the steeplechase, running 9:40.63 to take fifth overall. The first American across the line, she will represent the U.S. at the World Championships in South Korea next month. Also, episode three — training with Coach Gags — is out as Puma is producing these videos at a sprinter’s pace.
Ivy alums making championship noise elsewhere include Princeton graduate Bruce McBarnette, who claimed his ninth World Masters championship title with a win in the men’s 50-and-older high jump in Sacramento, Calif. He cleared the bar at 1.81 meters (5-11 1/4) to lead an American sweep of the event. “We’ve been blessed in the United States with some top high jumpers right now,” McBarnette said. “We had three other jumpers who were in the competition for the United States who also finished very high as well.”
And five Leaguers took titles at the USA Club Nationals at Icahn Stadium in New York City over the weekend. Two — Yale 10k runner Jeff Perrella (Garden State) and Harvard triple jumper Samyr Laine (Greater Boston) — won individually while three others won as a member of a relay. The relay champions — each representing Central Park Track Club — were Yale’s Bevin Peters in the 4x800m, Dartmouth’s Harry Norton in the distance medley and Penn’s Darryll Oliver in the sprint medley. Oliver was also second in the open 800-meter run.