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• Heps NCAA XC Challenge champion Justin Frick tells me that if the Princeton grads who ran at NCAAs had instead run for the Orange & Black, Princeton would have finished ninth overall on Saturday.
• Idiots on the internet alert: An online message board went after Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino for “snubbing” the awards ceremony at the NCAAs in Louisville. Of course, the awards ceremony occurred hours after the race and D’Agostino is in the midst of exams.
• The ECAC and IC4A Championships took place at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday. The individual winners were Katie Gorman of James Madison and Bobby Peavey of Georgetown. Top Hepsters were Columbia’s Chelsea Carrick, sixth in the 5k in 18:08.5 (18 seconds behind the winner) and Harvard’s Kurt Ruegg, 18th in 25:44.7 (36 seconds behind the winner).
• Flotrack’s pre-race show from Nationals included a lot of Heps’ talk. Ashley Higginson (Princeton) and Ben True (Dartmouth) were on the set for Saucony and among those mentioned were D’Agostino, Alexi Pappas, Dan Lowry and Kyle Merber. And a caravan of flag wavers from Princeton — sub-4 miler Peter Callahan included — crashed the set as well.
• Still pissed at the timing screwups from Nationals. There really shouldn’t be massive screwups at this point and if the timing company can’t handle the responsibility, it should not do it. Note to NCAA: 2013 is just around the corner and you are hiring companies more suited for the 1990s. Click here for an interesting Flotrack video following Oregon Coach Mauricia Powell looking for her team, which she suspected was “knee-deep in baked goods.”
• The Philadelphia Marathon took chase today and three Ivy Leaguers finished among the top 10. On the men’s side, Dartmouth graduate Glenn Randall — who had a memorable early lead at Boston this year — was seventh (2:21:27), less than four minutes off the pace of winner Michael McKeeman. Penn grad Michael Cassidy was 10th (2:22:35). And in her marathon debut, Princeton graduate Sarah Cummings was seventh (2:42:57), about seven minutes behind champion Irina Mashkantceva.
• The indoor track season will be underway in a week! The Armory’s first event of the season — the PSAL Pilgrim Games — begins at 9 am next Sunday. Couple of nights to remember:
Fri., Jan. 25, 2013 — NYRR College Night at The Armory (includes Columbia, Cornell, Penn & Princeton to date)
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 1-2, 2013 — Armory Collegiate Invitational (check out the lineup!)
Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 — Millrose Games (buy your tickets now, trust me)