A London Preview?


Three Ivy Leaguers will be in action at this weekend’s Diamond League stop, the Aviva London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace on Friday and Saturday.

Anna Pierce, formerly of Brown (and formerly named Willard), will be running in the 1,500 meters as she looks to reclaim the form that put her among the world elites two years ago. If she can do that, it would be amazing to see two Ivy grads — she and running partner Morgan Uceny — looking to take two of the three positions at the 2012 Olympics.

Samyr Laine, the former Harvard triple jumper who represents Haiti internationally, will be looking to keep a string of medal-winning performances going in his specialty. Laine will be heading to Daegu, South Korea, for the IAAF World Championships in a few weeks.

Ben True, the Dartmouth grad who was the top American finisher at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4, will be competing in the 5,000-meter run in London. True, a former national champion skier at Dartmouth as well, was recently featured on the Team USA website, telling Aimee Berg that he almost retired his running shoes:

And in June 2007, True made it official. At the New England Outdoor Championships at M.I.T., True ran a 3:59.99 mile to become the first athlete in Dartmouth history to break four minutes.

“After that,” True said, “I was perfectly content with never running again.”

But, thank goodness, he rediscovered his love for running soon enough.

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