Columbia’s Kyle Merber ran the second sub-4 mile of his career last night in winning the mile at the Last Chance Challenge in NYC. Princeton’s Joe Stilin (above) also ran sub-4, finishing fourth in 3:59.98 to Merber’s 3:59.44. Stilin is the second Tiger this year and third Tiger in Indoor Heps history to finish the mile in less than four minutes, joining current teammate Peter Callahan and alum Bill Burke. Donn Cabral of Princeton was just fractions of a second off from joining this club last night as he finished just behind Stilin in 4:00.30.
While Merber and Stilin’s performances were amazing, it is unlikely that they have earned a berth for NCAAs as the automatic qualifier is 3:57.90 and their times are outside of the top 25 in the country.
In other Last Chance Challenge results,
Back in Boston, a number of Ivy Leaguers are doing well at the ECACs and IC4As. For the ladies, Cornell is tied for first place with defending champions UConn after Day 1 with 16 points. Cornell got 2nd place in both the 5000m (Katie Kellner) and shot put (Victoria Imbesi). Harvard and Columbia are tied for 15th place with 5 points as Harvard’s Mary Hirst finished 4th in the high jump and Columbia’s Uju Ofoche finished 4th in the long jump. Lindsey Raymond earned 2 points for Yale with her 7th place finish in the 5000m and Dartmouth’s Emmaline Berg finished 5th in the shot put. For the men, Harvard’s Nico Weiler was the top Ivy finisher after Day 1 with his second place finish in the pole vault. Cornell’s Peter Roach and Keith Rayburn also placed in the top 8 in the pole vault, finishing 4th and tied-7th respectively.
There is plenty of action going on today in Boston as a number of Ivy Leaguers qualified for their respective finals.