Moving Into the National Rankings

Due to the strong performances and new League records set last weekend, the Princeton men are now nationally ranked in the USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field Polls.  The Tigers are currently ranked 24th  due to their performances in the weight throw (Conor McCullough, 1st, 76-1), pole vault (David Slovenski, 14th, 17-7.25), mile (Peter Callahan, 14th, 3:58.76), 3000m (Joe Stilin, 15th, 7:53.15), and 5000m (Donn Cabral, 11th, 13:45.92).  McCullough’s throw easily surpassed the NCAA automatic standard of 70-6.5 while Callahan, Cabral, and Stilin are on the bubble of the automatic standards right now.

Abbey D’Agostino (mile, 3000m) and Waverly Neer (3000m) are currently the only women’s automatic qualifiers from the Ivy League.

A few weeks ago, Hepstrack originally said that even if people or relays do not make the automatic standard, if they were in the top 16 in their event they would make it to NCAAs.  Well, we just learned it isn’t as straightforward as that.

The goal for each event is to have 14 athletes and the relays to have 10 teams.  If there are more automatic qualifiers than there are slots, all autos will get in.  For all of the other events, the NCAA will decide which of the performances that are on the bubble can compete as NCAA have only enough slots for 255 men and 255 women to compete in the meet.  If there are tied performances for the remaining slots, NCAA will try to allow all people with that tied performance in.  Last year for the men, all individual events had 16 except for the pole vault (17), 60m (18), 60m hurdles (18) and 3000m (20). The DMR had 12 teams and the 4×400 had 11.  There were also a number of athletes who were doubling or tripling in these events.

There is a chance that some other Ivies will qualify for NCAAs based on this formula.  There is still a lot of time for people to improve their marks, and many conferences are beginning their championships this upcoming weekend.  As of now, the Ivy athletes that are within the top 25 nationally are listed below:

  • Peter Callahan, 14th, mile
  • Joe Stilin, 15th, 3000m
  • Abbey D’Agostino, 7th, mile*; 4th, 3000m*
  • Waverly Neer, 9th, 3000m*
  • Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth), 20th, 3000m
  • Donn Cabral, 11th, 5000m
  • Katie Kellner (Cornell), 21st, 5000m
  • Columbia men DMR, 21st
  • Dartmouth women DMR, 8th
  • Princeton women DMR, 14th
  • Maalik Reynolds (Penn), 8th, high jump
  • Montez Blair (Cornell), 11th, high jump
  • David Slovenski, 14th, pole vault
  • Nico Weiler (Harvard), 20th, pole vault
  • Melissa Hewitt (Cornell), 14th, long jump
  • Stephen Mozia (Cornell), 24th, shot put
  • Conor McCullough, 1st, weight throw*
  • Nick Huber (Cornell), 16th, heptathlon

* – automatic qualifier

Athletes have until March 3rd to hit the automatic standards in their respective events in order to qualify for NCAAs.   The championships will be held in Nampo, Idaho on March 9th – 10th.


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