Five Ivy Leaguers advanced to finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday and all five will compete for spots for Team USA on Monday.
In the javelin, Craig Kinsley (Brown) and Sean Furey (Dartmouth) — who both have hit the Olympic A standard this month — advanced to Monday’s 12-person final. Kinsley was fourth after three throws (77.54 / 254-4) and Furey was sixth (76.00 / 249-4).
Three others advanced in the high jump, as Montez Blair (Cornell), Justin Frick (Princeton) and Tora Harris (Princeton) each cleared 7-1 3/4 to advance.
Among those who did not move forward, the most notable figure is two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson (Dartmouth), who struggled in his attempt to make a fourth Olympic team. He fouled on his first two shot put attempts before throwing 18.47 meters (60-7 1/4) in his final toss.
Maalik Reynolds (Penn), who beat Montez Blair in the high jump at both Indoor and Outdoor Heps, failed to clear a height on Saturday while another Quaker — javelin thrower Brian Chaput — fell short in his comeback bid with a best of 68.26 (223-11).
London dreams ended for four other Ivy Leaguers on Friday night as Ben True (Dartmouth) was 12th in the 10k (28:08.17) and Liz Costello (Princeton) was 16th (32:53.31).
Kate Grace (Yale) and Liam Boylan-Pett (Columbia) each came up a little short in rain-soaked 800-meter runs as well. Grace’s time was 2:04.28 while Boylan-Pett clocked 1:48.46.