As his team finished at the Notre Dame Invitational, Princeton Coach Jason Vigilante wasn’t thinking about finishing first or second. “When we finished I thought we were fifth or sixth,” he told Flotrack.
After all, there were 10 ranked teams in the field and one of his top runners, junior Tyler Udland, lost his shoe 100 meters into the five-mile trek. But when the smoke cleared, the No. 17 Tigers — who’d inexplicably been falling in the national coaches rankings — took second with 139 points behind only No. 20 Tulsa (104). And those two were ahead of No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 N.C. State, No. 14 Texas A&M and a host of others.
Alejandro Arroyo-Yamin led the way in 10th for the Tigers, finishing his five miles in 23:57 with Chris Bendtsen in 17th (24:06). Tulsa All-American Chris O’Hare was the winner.
Take a look at the video interview as Coach talked about his introduction to the Ivy League, its competitive nature and its academic focus. “This is the first time I’ve really enjoyed coaching,” said Vig. “I’m just pumped.”
The Princeton women were eighth with Greta Feldman pacing the Orange and Black in 17th (17:03), just three seconds and four second ahead of sophomore teammate Emily de la Bruyere.
And in the ongoing Columbia travel saga, Mark Feigen reports that the nation’s No. 28 squad has ended its 14-hour trip from New York to Louisville. For the record, Google Maps says they could have driven in it in 12 hours and 35 minutes. Maybe for Nats, huh?