Heps doesn’t sleep on New Year’s Eve as evidenced by Delilah DiCrescenzo’s victory in the four-mile NYRR Emerald Nuts Midnight Run.
DiCrescenzo — the Columbia graduate who has been in pursuit of World and Olympic acclaim as a steeplechaser — continued to showcase her road racing prowess as she dominated the large and festive field. Her winning time of 21:07 was far ahead of the rest of the women. Second was Frances Koons at 21:24 and third was another Ivy graduate — Princeton’s Ashley Higginson — in 21:41.
Lately DiCrescenzo has appeared to have made a successful transition to the roads as she’s claimed the Manchester Road Race, the Ted Corbitt 15k and the Midnight Run in succession. She recently told Runner’s World that she had essentially ‘closed the door’ on her steeplechase career.
“It was awesome,” DiCrescenzo told David Monti of Race Results Weekly. “It’s a really fun atmosphere to, like, get wrapped up in it and I was just having a blast out there. It was a ton of fun.”
Will Boylan-Pett, a Columbia assistant coach and boyfriend of DiCrescenzo, live tweeted the race and seemed most excited about Delilah’s victory swag, which included a “dufflebag full of nuts.”
The men’s race — won by Christian Thompson who stopped the clock at 18:49 — featured a top-five finish by an Ivy Leaguer. Columbia graduate Liam Boylan-Pett ran his longest race in four or five years, taking fifth 30 seconds behind Thompson. And, yes, the Boylan-Petts are brothers.