Princeton junior Greta Feldman ran the fastest time in the star-studded 1,500-meter run at the East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, clocking the fastest Ivy time in the event since 1991. She was one of 10 Ivy qualifiers on the day and one of 21 who will be Hep-resenting at the NCAA Championships June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Feldman’s time of 4:15.00 is the third fastest in League history, behind only Stephanie Best of Cornell (4:09.83) and Darlene Beckford of Harvard (4:14.24).
Perhaps the next-best performance of the day came from freshman triple jumper Nadia Eke of Columbia, who took advantage of a brisk wind on her first leap, sailing 43-8 1/2 to finish fourth and qualify for Des Moines. The 3.8-meters-per-second wind means the mark will not be eligible for record purposes.
All eight Ivy schools will have athletes in Iowa after Harvard’s Nico Weiler advanced in the pole vault and Penn sophomore Maalik Reynolds in the high jump. Weiler was the first man to clear 17-5 1/2 in the pole vault, which turned out to be the highest height need for advancement. Both Reynolds and Montez Blair of Cornell had to sweat things out a little more than that. Each cleared 7-2 1/4 on their third and final tries to earn spots at Nationals.
Three Ivy Leaguers booked tickets in the men’s 1,500-meter run as Kyle Merber of Columbia (3:45.89), Erik Berg of Brown (3:46.95) and Trevor Van Ackeren of Princeton (3:48.73) all advanced. Merber had taken the college track world by storm earlier this month by running 10 seconds faster than that to establish an American College Record.
Three more Leaguers advanced in the 5k run as Princeton’s Joe Stilin (14:01.37) and Brown’s Dan Lowry (14:02.36) both earned their pass to the NCAA Championships in the second (and fastest) of two sections for the men and, as expected, Dartmouth super soph Abbey D’Agostino was an easy qualifier to nationals, winning her section in 16:15.35.
The final list of Hepsters heading to Des Moines:
Brown (3) — Erik Berg (1,500m), Dan Lowry (5k), Olivia Mickle (10k)
Columbia (3) — Nadia Eke (triple jump), Harry McFann (800m), Kyle Merber (1,500m)
Cornell (4) — Montez Blair (high jump), Genna Hartung (steeple), Nick Huber (decathlon), Katie Kellner (10k)
Dartmouth (2) — Abbey D’Agostino (5k), Alexi Pappas (steeple)
Harvard (1) — Nico Weiler (pole vault)
Penn (1) — Maalik Reynolds (high jump)
Princeton (7) — Donn Cabral (steeple), Greta Feldman (1,5000m), Brian Leung (10k), Conor McCullough (hammer), Damon McLean (triple jump), Joe Stilin (5k), Trevor Van Ackeren (1,500m)
Yale (1) — Mike Levine (discus)
Also, Cornell graduate Adrien Dannemiller (steeple) will be representing Indiana at the NCAA Championships.