And now, some updates from the other side of the Atlantic.
Ashley Higginson and Conor McCullough (both Princeton) competed at the Spitzen Leichtathletik – Luzern competition in Lucerne, Switzerland. McCullough finished third in the hammer throw with a distance of 75.09 meters (246-4 1/4). The event was won by Oleksiy Sokyrskyy of Ukraine (258-1, 78.66 meters). Higginson finished sixth in the 3,000m in 8:59.24, which HepsTrack believes is a new personal best. Mercy Cherono of Kenya won the race in 8:45.93. Here is an interview with Higginson.
Liam Boylan-Pett (Columbia) broke the four-minute barrier again in the mile to place second at the Cork City Sports gathering in Cork, Ireland. His time was 3:58.38. He was in 3rd place at the 1500m mark (3:43.10). The race was won by Aussie Ryan Gregson (3:57.98).
Anna Pierce (Brown) came so close to breaking the two-minute barrier again in the 800m, as she ran 2:00.66 for 3rd place in the 23rd International Meeting of Athletics in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. Pierce was edged out of second place by American Maggie Vessey (2:00.59). Donn Cabral (Princeton) ran the 1500m for speedwork, finishing seventh with 3:40.03 (a three-second personal best). Kenyan James Magut won the race in 3:37.44.
Meanwhile, Brown’s Craig Kinsley had plenty of time to write some postcards en route to the Olympic Village (if he had chosen to do so) as he was one of the “lucky” athletes who had the extended tour of London on Monday. Kinsley was still in good spirits after the long ride though, as he updated his facebook status “England, London, Olympic Village, heaven.”
UPDATE: Donn Cabral is posting short video pieces of his journey and is in Poland today. He took a tour of the city of Szczecin, Poland, last night. This is his second trip to Poland (he competed there in the World Juniors four years ago). He contends that it is hard to draw a conclusion by visited two cities in a country. After all, he said, how much would you know about America if you went to Terre Haute and Detroit. Point well taken.