Sometimes the story comes after the fact. For example, when Waverly Neer of the Culver Girls Academy in Indiana won the 3,000-meter run at the U.S. Outdoor Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., last month, I didn’t know it was a story.
That’s because, at the time, I didn’t know that Neer — whose winning time was 9:16.39 — was heading to Columbia University in the fall. So when her name appeared on the Columbia incoming freshmen story, the ever-alert Mary Boggs shot me an email asking if I knew that Neer was coming to the League. Turns out, she had announced her intention to run with the Lions to the entire crowd at The Armory during the New Balance Nationals in March, but I had no idea.
It wasn’t until after I googled her that I first saw footage of her breaking the national indoor record in the 5,000-meter run at the NBIN. But watching the race, I also heard two other recently familiar names — Kathryn and Erika Fluehr of Naples, Fla.
Those two ran under the meet record at the NBIN with Neer winning in 16:35.15, followed by Kathryn in 16:43.70 and Erika in 16:45.58. You see, the Fluehr twins are going to be at Princeton this fall. The footage is below along with Neer’s post-race interview with Ian Brooks.
Think of the Heps’ 5k field now. Dartmouth All-American Abbey D’Agostino took the distance world by storm just a few months ago, but also consider Alex Banfich of Princeton and Leslie Kovach of Penn. Oh, and Kelsey Karys and Katie Kellner of Cornell. And some of the other young guns from last year — Caitie Meyer of Dartmouth, Caroline McDonough of Columbia and Heidi Caldwell of Brown.
There will be fireworks.