Seven Heps individuals and one relay squad are heading off to Boise, Idaho, for the NCAA Championships this week as the NCAA released its accepted entries tonight.
The highest seed among the Ivies is Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino, who is ranked fourth in the 3,000m run (9:02.15). Of course, D’Agostino is no stranger to All-America status, having earned such at both NCAA Outdoors as a freshman (in the 5k) and at cross country last fall. She will be joined in the 3k field by Columbia freshman Waverly Neer (9:08.72).
D’Agostino won’t be going alone as her Big Green distance medley relay also earned a berth by posting a time of 11:00.62 at the Columbia Last Chance meet on Friday night. Her teammates are Alexi Pappas, Megan Krumpoch and Christina Supino.
On the men’s side, the highest-seeded athlete is Penn sophomore Maalik Reynolds, who is tied for seventh in the high jump at 2.23 meters (7-3 3/4). Reynolds went to the NCAAs as a freshman last year, but did not compete after becoming ill. Another Heps’ high jumper — Cornell’s Montez Blair — will also make the trip.
Princeton has two superb runners heading to Boise — junior Peter Callahan and senior Donn Cabral. Callahan is the 10th seed in an amazingly strong mile field (3:58.76). How strong? Columbia’s Kyle Merber and Princeton’s Joe Stilin both ran sub-four on Saturday at The Armory and didn’t get in! Cabral, who has already earned All-America honors in the past, is the No. 10 seed in the 5k at 13:45.92.
The final Ivy athlete headed to Boise is Cornell freshman Stephen Mozia in the shot put (62-8). Princeton’s Conor McCullough was an easy qualifier in the weight throw as well, but elected not to compete at nationals.