2012 Trials: One Step Closer

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Two Ivy Leaguers — Cornell graduate Morgan Uceny and Brown alum Anna Pierce — have advanced to the finals of the women’s 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Uceny, like the preliminaries before, had the fastest qualifying time in the semifinals (4:08.90) with Pierce not far behind (4:09.51).

Perhaps the best thing said about Uceny may came from World Champion Jenny Simpson. “I was just stuck on Morgan. She’s a smooth runner,” she offered. “One of the great things about us is we are both at our peak but we earned our stripes along the way.”

The semis were the end of the road for Princeton’s Greta Feldman (4:12.29) and Yale graduate Kate Grace (4:12.92). Running in a slow heat also signaled a journey’s end for Liam Boylan-Pett of Columbia, who ran 3:52.18.

The much-anticipated women’s steeplechase featured three Leaguers among the top seven finishers, but none were on the podium with a trip to London in the near future.

Princeton’s Ashley Higginson was fourth, little more than two seconds behind the three Olympians. She finished in a personal-best 9:38.06 while another Tiger — Carrie (Strickland) Dimoff — was sixth in 9:45.01. Columbia graduate Delilah DiCrescenzo was in contention, but faded in the end, finishing seventh in 9:46.30.

Higginson said afterward, “I look forward to other events like the 1500. The steeple is definitely a great starting point, I have a loyalty to it.”

NOTES: The Wall Street Journal took note of Donn Cabral’s dash to the Olympics as well as his sleeping habits … And the USATF was wise to feature Dartmouth Abbey D’Agostino, who is already talking about Rio 2016 … And finally, a bit off topic, the Register-Guard in Oregon is reporting that the NCAA Championships will have a new format next year that will feature single-gender days at the same location. It could be that the women compete on Wednesday and Friday and the men on Thursday and Saturday.

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