Far-Flung Ambitions


When the Olympic Trials roll around, the javelin throw will be hotly contested with the participants hopeful to land a spot at the 2012 London Olympics. And it looks like three of the contenders will be past Ivy champions.

With Penn grad Brian Chaput back in the hunt, it was Sean Furey (Dartmouth) and Craig Kinsley (Brown) claiming an impressive 1-2 at the Mount SAC Relays on Saturday. Furey won with a toss of 78.09 meters (256-2) while Kinsley’s final toss was his best of the day, measuring 76.56 (251-2).

Another impressive Mount SAC performance came from Harvard grad Becky Christensen, who cleared a personal-best 1.92 meters (6-3 1/2) on Saturday. “Feels wonderful to finally jump high again,” she posted to Facebook.

While many of the Heps’ elders were doing great things at Mount SAC (along with Alexi Pappas and Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth), most of the young set spent the weekend hanging at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J. That’s where the Larry Ellis Invitational took place.

Harvard pole vaulter Nico Weiler, who soared 5.31 meters (17-5), was a winner along with Princeton vaulter Lauren Tauscher, who cleared 3.85 (12-7 1/2). Tiger Tory Worthen, who has never lost at Heps, struggled and will need to regain her form for Outdoor Heps in two weeks.

Princeton senior Donn Cabral toyed with the field in the 1,500 meters, winning in 3:43.83 ahead of Providence’s Julian Matthews and Villanova’s Sam McEntee. Cabral’s Tiger teammate Chris Bendtsen was the champion at 5,000 meters (13:57.51).

Cornell’s Nick Huber had a huge performance in the decathlon, scoring a personal-best 7,620 points while winning seven of the 10 disciplines. Huber’s biggest point total came in the 110m hurdles (14.2, 949 points) followed closely by the 100m dash (10.9, 883) and the 400m dash (48.7, 876).

Other outright wins came from Penn’s Morgan Wheeler in the women’s javelin at 43.78 meters (143-8) and Princeton’s Damon McLean in the long jump at 7.38 meters (24-2 1/2). Teammate Tom Hopkins also soared 24 feet and ran 21.29 in the 200.

Two other Ivies were the top collegians in their events. Yale’s Michael Levine was runner-up to unattached James Plummer in the discus. Levine threw 51.10 meters (167-8) to Plummer’s 176-1. Princeton’s own Greta Feldman had a great 1,500m time, finishing second in 4:18.86.

Cornell’s Victoria Imbesi was a two-time No. 2 — in the javelin (139-5) and the shot put (47-11 1/4). And another performer who impressed was Harvard’s Mary Hirst, who cleared 1.76 meters (5-9 1/4). She could be a threat to Columbia’s Monique Roberts’ reign at Heps.

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