Tidying Up the News Desk


While we eagerly await the results from the first indoor track meets of the season, we discovered some stories that we wanted to share.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson (Dartmouth) has shared his thoughts on the recent news of the doping re-testing results from the 2004 Olympics, which could upgrade Nelson from silver to gold medal. Overall, Nelson describes the whole situation as  the following: “Eight years after the fact, it would mean something, but it’s really just personal gratification. It’s bittersweet.” There are so many great quotes in the interview that we highly recommend that you read it for yourself.

Just before Thanksgiving, Cornell alumni racked up a few “runner of the year” awards from the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) CouncilMax King was honored the title of Trail Male Runner of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Sage Canaday was honored with the Mountain Male Runner of the Year. King defended his title by repeating his victories from the Half Marathon Trail Championships and the 50-km Trail Championships, and winning four other championships/titles during the year. Recently, King dominated the 50th JFK 50 Mile Race, one of the oldest and largest ultramarathons in the country, by setting a new course record of 5:34:58 (besting the next finisher by almost 3 minutes).  Canaday had a breakthrough year on the mountain terrain by winning the USA Mountain Running Championship at the Mt Washington Road Race (setting a new American best for the race) and leading Team USA to a 2nd place finish as the Long-Distance World Mountain Running Challenge. Canaday will be in San Francisco on Saturday, December 1st, competing in the 50-mile North Face Endurance Challenge Championship where he is one a contenders for the crown.

Earlier this week, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced that Princeton is leading the first set of 2012-13 Division I Learfield Sports’ Directors Cup Standings. Princeton currently has 195 points, which were earned from winning the national title in field hockey, 11th place showing at NCAAs of the men’s cross country team, and 32nd place standing of the women’s cross country team.

Harvard alum Samyr Laine was honored by his high school in Newburgh, N.Y., on November 25th for his professional track and field accomplishments, including his performance at the 2012 London Olympics. Even though Laine has a position as a corporate attorney ready, he is still considering making a run at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Princeton’s David Slovenski may have graduated, but he is not done with track and field yet.  Slovenski has been hired as an assistant coach for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineers (Troy, N.Y.). RPI has a history of strong pole vaulting performers, including three Division III All-Americans since 1998.

December 8th is the USATF Cross Country Club Championships in Lexington, Ky., and we are expecting a few Ivy alumni to compete.  Some of the names on the entry lists: Sean Barrett (Harvard, Georgetown Running Co.), Philip Cawkwell (Penn, NYAC), Brendan Martin (Columbia, Hanson-Brooks) David Nightingale (Princeton, NYAC), Tom Robbins (Dartmouth, New Balance Silicon Valley), Ethan Shaw (Dartmouth, Hanson-Brooks), Dale Taylor (Cornell, New Balance Silicon Valley), Lindsay Donaldson O’Brien (Yale, Georgetown Running Co.), Erin Dromgoole (Dartmouth, New Balance Boston), Susan Hendrick (Columbia, Georgetown Running Co.), Hilary May (Harvard, Georgetown Running Co.), Catha Mullen (Princeton, New Balance Silicon Valley), and Stephanie Pancoast (Cornell, New Balance Silicon Valley). Let us know if we missed anyone.

If you want to train with Olympian Donn Cabral (Princeton) over your winter break, then there is a running camp for you!  From December 31st to January 5th, Cabral and his coach Peter Oviatt will be in Agoura Hills, Calif., to train and share lessons with anyone who signs up for the Cabral Running Academy.

As always, you, the reader, are welcome to let us know of any other Ivy League TF/XC alumni news! Contact us through the website, Facebook, or Twitter to let us know of these stories and we will share them on the website.

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