While we were all focused on Heps this past weekend, a few other conference meets were going on around the country. In three of those conference meets, some Ivy Legauers were wearing different uniforms to help out their new teams to conference titles.
In the Big 10 Conference Meet held in Geneva, Ohio, Brian Leung (Princeton ’12) helped the Wisconsin Badgers win the team title. Leung placed 7th in the 5,000m with a 13:58.18 performance, easily outdistancing Michigan’s Dan Lowry (Brown ’12) by almost a minute. Lowry had a better performance earlier in the meet, as he finished 5th in the 3,000m in 7:54.05. That time ranks Lowry 18th in the country for the event. Adam Behnke (Columbia) competed in the mile for Indiana at the Big 10 meet. Behnke ran a 4:06.02 in the trials before finishing 10th in the finals with 4:09.02.
Further south, Kyle Merber (Columbia) and Joe Stilin (Princeton) helped the Texas Longhorns win their 6th Big-12 team title. Merber only ran the 800m, placing 5th in the finals (1:53.85) after running a 1:51.80 in the trials. Stilin ran a 4:05.05 for 6th place in the mile and came back for a 13th place finish in the 3,000m (8:15.33). Stilin and Merber are enjoying the title in the above photo.
On the west coast, two former Dartmouth runners competed as Oregon Ducks at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference meet. Alexi Pappas had to make up 40+ meters during her 3,000m race, but managed to get the lead at the bell and sprint to win the race in 9:07.97. The time puts Pappas 12th nationally. The event win helped the Oregon team win their 3rd indoor track title in the last 4 years. Meanwhile, Matt Miner became the 3rd Ivy alumni to break the 4-minute/mile barrier this indoor season by running 3:59.01, finishing 3rd overall. The mile time is the 17th best performance in the NCAA so far this season. The Oregon men finished 2nd as a team.
Now imagine if they all were still able to compete in the Ivy League as 5th year students… congratulations on all of your post-Ivy success.