Day one at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., saw four Leaguers punch tickets to Des Moines for the NCAA Championships and 14 others advance one step closer to joining them.
Cornell’s Katie Kellner near the front all evening long in the day’s final event, the women’s 10,000-meter run. She finished third overall to earn her trip to Iowa in 34:22.98, just four seconds from the winning pace. Olivia Mickle of Brown advanced in 34:30.12 while Cornellian Devin McMahon just missed by a spot (34:42.97).
Princeton senior Brian Leung claimed one of the 12 open slots in the men’s 10k race just before Kellner and Mickle. His time of 30:17.64 was more than 20 seconds faster than the final qualifier.
Mike Levine of Yale cut it close in the discus throw, claiming the final qualifying spot by a mere two inches. His mark of 176-11 just ahead of Cincinnati senior Chris Littleton.
Friday’s action will consist of field events — including Princeton’s Connor McCullough and Tory Worthen — until the first running event to feature an Ivy Leaguer, the men’s 800m run at 7 pm. Recent American college record breaker Donn Cabral will run late tonight in the steeplechase.
Those advancing to the next round in Jacksonville on Thursday who are now just one step away from a trip to Iowa:
800m — Harvard’s Erika Veidis and Penn’s Victoria Strickland
1500m — Princeton’s Greta Feldman
400m hurdles — Cornell’s Molly Glantz
800m — Cornell’s Rutger Admirand, Columbia’s Brendon Fish, Columbia’s Harry McFann, Princeton’s Michael Williams
1500m — Brown’s Erik Berg, Columbia’s Mark Feigen, Dartmouth’s Steve Mangan, Columbia’s Kyle Merber, Princeton’s Trevor Van Ackeren
400m hurdles — Cornell’s Kenny McClain