Two Ivy Leaguers — javelin throwers Craig Kinsley (Brown) and Sean Furey (Dartmouth) — earned spots on Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Monday night while seven others advanced to the finals of their respective events.
Kingsley and Furey — who were third (262-2) and fourth (255-5) in the event — had hit the Olympic A standard in advance of the Trials while the top two finishers, Texas A&M’s Sam Humphreys (268-7) and Oregon’s Sam Crouser (265-1) had not. As a result, the 3-4-5 throwers each advance.
“These guys are 21, 20 years old and they’re out there throwing bombs,” said Kinsley. “I didn’t quite muster a PR, but it is probably one of the best meets of my life.”
Meanwhile in the high jump, Justin Frick (Princeton) picked a great time to have the meet of his life, even if it left him just shy of a trip to the Olympic Games. Clearing 7-4 1/2, Frick was fifth followed by Montez Blair (Cornell) and Tora Harris (Princeton), who both cleared 7-0 1/2 and ended among the nation’s top 10.
The Ivy League’s two NCAA Champions from earlier this month — Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth) and Donn Cabral (Princeton) — each moved to the finals with impressive performances in their specialties.
In fact, D’Agostino’s 15:41.14 was the fastest qualifying time of the day in the 5,000-meter run. “The strategy was to stay up there and be a part of the top six the entire time and I just did it,” said D’Ag. “It was great so fingers crossed and I plan on doing the same thing.”
Cabral actually was the fastest of two Ivy qualifiers for the steeplechase final, finishing his barrier-laden race in 8:30.64. Not far behind, in 8:33.43, was Max King (Cornell), who has made his name in endurance and mountain running.
Looking forward to the finals, Cabral said, “I’m ready for it. It’s hard not to be mentally and emotionally ready … I had a couple hard months of training, and I’m feeling better and better. The end of collegiate season set me up for now.”
The women’s steeple also saw three Leaguers advance. Ashley Higginson (Princeton) had a strong run of 9:45.21 while Carrie Dimoff (Princeton) and Delilah DiCrescenzo (Columbia) advanced in 9:49.03 and 9:49.15, respectively. The women’s final, slated for Friday night, will be a huge test for all. Another Ivy star — Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth) — did not qualify for the final.
And the final Ivy runner to run into a final was Ben True (Dartmouth), who’s 13:43.12 was the third-best time of the night behind Lopez Lomong and Bernard Lagat. Dan Lowry (Brown) was too far out of advancement territory. True had finished 12th in the 10k over the weekend (28:08.17).
The Trials shut down for the next two days before resuming on Thursday.