There were quite a few phenomenal performances this past weekend, two of which involve NCAA qualifying performances:
Over in South Bend, Ind., the Princeton distance medley relay squad surprised many present (including the admitted track-nerds of Flotrack) on posting the 2nd fastest DMR time IN THE COUNTRY to not only win their heat, but get their tickets to Arkansas. The squad with Michael Williams, Austin Hollimon, Russell Dinkins and Peter Callahan finished in 9:27.74 (splits: 2:55, 0.46, 1:48.5 and 3:56.5), which breaks the Ivy record that the Princeton quad of Williams, Tom Hopkins, Callahan, and Trevor Van Ackeren set last year (9:31.95). Princeton was competitive throughout the entire race, but Callahan’s kick at the bell was what really brought the team back into contention. Callahan was sitting 5th at the bell (time approximately 8:42), about 20m back from the leader. He caught the leader on the final turn and held them off to take the heat win. Only Penn State (9:26.60) has run faster this weekend, and that was in the previous heat that evening. Check out a video of their race here (provided by Flotrack).
Brown’s distance medley squad also put up a great race out in South Bend, finishing in 9:33.53 in the 1st heat, which is the 3rd fastest in Ivy history. The Brown squad consisted of Ned Willig, John Spooney, Henry Tufnell, and Kevin Cooper. They were placed as high as 3rd over the course of the race (which yielded the announcer saying “nobody saw that coming, except for Brown themselves” during the video). Due to the sheer number of relay qualifiers that evening and NCAAs only taking the top 12-performances, it seems unlikely that they will be selected to go as they are ranked 19th nationally. A video of their race is available on Flotrack here.
Back at the Armory in NYC, Harvard’s Erika Veidis (see image) ran a new personal best in the 800m of 2:05.70 to finish 2nd at the Columbia Last Qualifier on Saturday. She was the top collegiate finisher, as the race was won by Yale alum Kate Grace (2:03.71) in a later heat. Also in Veidis’ race were Princeton’s Greta Feldman, Columbia’s Trina Bills, and Harvard’s Paige Kouba (who acted as a pace setter through 500m). Kouba led the field out in 60-61 for 400m. Veidis moved to the front after Kouba stepped off, hitting the bell in 1:32 before sprinting off to win the heat. Feldman finished in 2:06.98 and Bills finished in 2:07.59, both times are new personal bests. Veidis’ time places her tied for 16th in the 800m on the NCAA rankings, which makes her the final qualifier for the event. Her race is available on Flotrack here.
The ECAC/IC4A championships in Boston, Mass. did not yield any new NCAA-qualifying marks for any Ivy Leaguers, but there four event champions and one new Ivy League record. In the tightest finish of the day, Dartmouth’s Connor Reilly outleaned Cornell’s Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon for the 60m championship, 6.773-6.749, to avenge the title he lost at Heps due to a false start. The other event winners were in the high jump (Tommy Butler [Cor], 7-1), pole vault (Nico Weiler [H] 17-4 1/2) and mile (Will Geoghegan [D] 4:05.71). Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig set the new indoor standard in the 200m final on Sunday, as he ran a 21.18 to finish 4th overall. The previous mark was set in 2005 by Penn’s Grafton Ifill (21.24). In the team races, Cornell had the best finishes on both sides, as the men finished 2nd behind a dominant team performance from Connecticut (104-57.5) while the women finished 5th.
So after this weekend, the following performances below by current undergraduates and 5th years are national-qualifying marks. We will announce the actual competition fields later this week once NCAA releases the information. Congratulations to all who have qualified!
800m – tied-16th, Erika Veidis (H) – 2:05.70
mile – 2nd – Abbey D’Agostino (D) – 4:30.03 – Ivy record
mile – 16th – Joe Stilin (Texas-Princeton) – 3:58.66
3000m – 1st – D’Agostino – 8:55.41 – Ivy record
3000m – 12th – Alexi Pappas (Oregon-Dartmouth) – 9:07.97
5000m – 13th – Dan Lowry (Michigan-Brown) – 13:42.48
5000m – 6th – D’Agostino – 15:47.02
5000m – 11th – Rachel Sorna (Cor) – 15:53.76
5000m – 13th – Pappas – 15:54.64
DMR – 2nd – Princeton (Williams, Hollimon, Dinkins, Callahan) – 9:27.74 – Ivy record
HJ – tied-4th, Montez Blair (Cor) – 7-5.25
TJ – tied-14th – Damon McLean (Pr) – 52-3.25
SP – 5th – Stephen Mozia (Cor) – 65-3.25
WT – 15th – Adabelle Ekechukwu (H) – 68-4.25 – Ivy record
pentathlon – 8th – Martina Salander (H) – 4094 – Ivy record