Catching Up with the Pros

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Time to catch up with our pros.  Sorry, we still do love you guys. 🙂

Earlier this month, the Diamond League circuit kicked off their season in Doha, Qatar.  Haiti’s Samyr Laine (H’ 06) came very close to earning his first Diamond League points (they award top 3) in the triple jump, finishing in 4th place with 55-1.5 (16.80m).  He was edged out for 3rd place by 5 cm (or close to 2 inches for those who have a hard time thinking in metric).  Results for the event can be found on the meet website.

This past weekend, a number of Ivy alumni competed at the Occidental High Performance meet at Occidental College (Calif.).  Ashley Higginson (Pr’ 11) started off her steeplechase season on a strong note, winning the event in 9:45.83.  The performance is a World Championships “B” qualifier (she would need to break 9:45 to hit the “A” qualifier).  (aside: Higginson shared more about the start of her season with Womens Sports.)  Three other alumni came close to hitting the “B” qualifier in their respective events: Liam Boylan-Pett (Col ’08) ran a 3:38.26 in the 1500m (“B” qualifier – 3:37), Joe Stilin (Pr ’12) ran a 13:33.13 in the 5,000m (“B” qualifier – 13:20), and Donn Cabral (Pr ’12) ran a 8:34.23 in the steeplechase (“B” qualifier – 8:32).  A meet recap can be found here.

If you have time to look away from the NCAA Regional Action this weekend, we HIGHLY recommend following the next Diamond League circuit meet – the adidas Grand Prix in New York.  According to the entry listings, there are going to be 6 alumni present: Laine in the triple jump, Higginson in the steeplechase, Ben True (D ’08) in the 5,000m, Kate Grace (Y ’11) and Morgan Uceny (Cor ’07) in the 1500m, and Princeton assistant coach Robby Andrews in the 800m.  Interesting little thing: True is the only American who will be competing in the 5,000m at this event, something that Letsrun.com is giving True major props for in their meet preview as this meet will be televised in front of a national audience.  For more details about the event (including buying tickets for those who want to go), check out the official meet website.

And in other television news, Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman went toe-for-toe with Stephen Colbert on a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” about barefoot running.  Professor Lieberman has previously done a number of studies in his Skeletal Bio Lab on the evolution of the human being’s musclo-skeletal system and is a big advocate of barefoot running.

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