The last few weeks, HepsTrack has been focused on the undergraduate competitions that many of the alumni have tried to sneak in a quick performance or two under our noses.
For the last year, Becky Christensen has been training at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Earlier this winter, Christensen designed her own sports bra that will be auctioned off in April as a part of the MZ & Emmers Sports Bra Auction for Breast Cancer when MZ & Emmers came to the US Olympic Training Center and recruited a number of Olympic hopefuls (including Christensen) to help support the auction. Check out the facebook group page for more details on the auction. Christensen’s bra design is seen to the right.
Christensen competed with Adam Nelson, Liam Boylan-Pett, Brian Hill, Jesse Carlin, Kate Grace, and John Langhauser at the USATF Indoor Championships while Heps was going on last weekend. Christensen was the top Ivy alumni finisher, placing 3rd in the high jump with 6-1.5. She just missed out on making the USA World Indoor roster, as the 2nd place finisher, Inika Mcpherson, also cleared 6-1.5 but got 2nd place due to having fewer misses than Christensen. Hill and Boylan-Pett both competed in the 800m, placing 6th (1:50.43) and 8th (1:50.49) in the trials respectively. Carlin finished 13th in the women’s 800m (2:09.98). Nelson and Langhauser competed in the shot put, finishing 4th (67-7.25) and 16th (52-8.25) respectively. Grace finished the 1500m in 4:36.46.
HepsTrack caught up with Liz Costello after her 3rd place showing at the USATF Cross Country Championships two weeks ago (see left). Costello is excited to represent the US at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad on March 17th. Even if she is running as “unattached” as she finishes up her master’s degree in environmental engineering (focusing on rainwater harvesting as a part of a water sustainability strategy), she still has plenty of support with her running. “I also did not feel as though I was there as an individual because both of my parents were there to support me. Team Costello was ready to go. I also know that I am representing my coach, JJ Clark, and my training group here in Knoxville. With all of the support that I had from friends and family, there is no way I could feel “unattached”. If there is one totally team-oriented event I miss being able to compete in though, it’s the HEPs.” she told HepsTrack.
Sticking with the graduate students, Adrien Dannemiller helped the Indiana Hoosiers win their first indoor Big 10 title since 1992. Dannemiller was the 800m leg of the 5th place DMR squad while also competing in the mile.
Down in the Atlantic Coastal Conference, Mark Amirault led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to a 4th place team finish last weekend. Amirault won the 5,000m in 14:13.61, which is the fourth best time in UVA history. Florida State won the men’s conference team title. This past weekend, Amriault finished 4th at the Alex Wilson Invite 5000m in 14:03.01. He also bested Harvard alum Dan Chenoweth (14:10.90). Cornell alum Garrett Huyler also competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational and finished 5th in the high jump with a height of 6-9.5.
Samyr Laine had a busy start to February. Back at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on February 4th, Laine won the triple jump championships with a distance of 54-1.25. Ten days later, Laine was in France and competed at the Meeting Pas de Calais, placing 6th in the field. Laine’s upcoming indoor schedule includes the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Istambul, Turkey, which will be taking place this upcoming weekend. Laine, Dominica’s Erison Hurtault, and Israel’s Jillian Schwartz (former Columbia assistant coach) will be the only Ivy relations competing in Turkey this weekend.
Elsewhere in Europe, Morgan Uceny and Anna Pierce raced each other in the Ericsson Globe Stockholm 1500m on February 23rd. Uceny placed 3rd overall in 4:08.06 while Pierce finished 9th in 4:18.91.
After finishing her first year of coaching cross country at Sarah Lawrence College and recovering from foot surgery, Lindsey Scherf is back running. She was the 12th female finisher at the World’s Best 10K race in San Juan, PR. Scherf finished in 33:52 and was the 2nd American finisher behind Olympian medalist Shalane Flanagan (6th overall – 32:20). Scherf’s next race is this upcoming weekend in Jacksonville, FL: Gate River Run 15K. This race will also represent the USA Road Race Championships for the 15K distance.