2012 Trials: Cabral To London

Princeton’s Donn Cabral, the NCAA champion and American College record holder in the steeplechase, booked his ticket for the London Olympics with a second-place showing at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Sporting a Nike kit instead of his tradition Princeton orange and black, Cabral ran with the leaders all night, passing Nike’s Kyle Alcorn on the final lap. Evan Jager was the winner in 8:17.40 with Cabral right behind in 8:19.81 and Alcorn third (8:22.17). Cornell grad Max King was sixth overall in 8:30.54.

“I felt good in the penultimate lap, felt great in the last 400,” Cabral said. “I closed hard and one I once I got out of the water I knew I was going to London.”

The League’s other NCAA champion — Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino — was just two-tenths of a second from joining Cabral in London. She finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run behind Julie Culley (15:13.77), Molly Huddle (15:14.40), Kim Conley (15:19.79) and Julia Lucas (15:19.83). D’Ag’s time of 15:19.98 was just under the Olympic A standard.

Another Dartmouth star, graduate Ben True, finished sixth in the men’s 5k in 13:28.02 — about five-and-a-half seconds behind winner Galen Rupp (13:22.67), who broke Steve Prefontaine’s 1972 Olympic Trials record.

Earlier in the evening, Cornell graduate Morgan Uceny posted the fastest qualifying time in the 1,500-meter run (4:14.07), but three other Ivy Leaguers — Princeton’s Greta Feldman (4:14.89), Brown’s Anna Pierce (4:15.86) and Yale’s Kate Grace (4:17.65) — also advanced to the semifinals.

On the men’s side, Columbia graduate Liam Boylan-Pett advanced to the semifinals in 3:41.17, but recent Columbia graduate Kyle Merber failed to advance. Additionally, high jumper Becky Christensen of Harvard moved to the finals with a clearance of 6-0.

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