Heps Among the Diamonds

One of the special things about the Ivy League is getting the opportunity to see alums competing on the highest of stages. In the lead up to Nationals and the World Championships, 10 different members of the Heps Nation have been or will be in action during the U.S. stops of the Diamond League circuit.

At the adidas Grand Prix in a cold and wet New York City last week, five Leaguers took on the elements and the best global competition.

Ben True, the three-time Heps cross country champ from Dartmouth, was fourth in the 5,000-meter run, clocking an impressive 13:16.94 — six seconds behind Ethiopian teen sensation Hagos Gebrihwet. Former Harvard triple jumper Samyr Laine, now representing Haiti, was also fourth in his competition, going 16.08 meters (52-9 1/4) despite the conditions. Among those in front of him was Christian Taylor, the gold medalist in London.

Two Leaguers competed in the women’s 1,500-meter race with Olympic finalist Morgan Uceny (Cornell) finishing seventh in 4:08.49. Yale graduate Kate Grace was just a step behind in 4:08.92. The fifth competitor — Princeton’s Ashley Higginson — was 10th in the steeplechase (9:49.30).

The Diamond League moves to Eugene, Ore., for the Pre Classic this weekend and three grads will be in action on Friday night. Columbia’s Liam Boylan-Pett will participate in the national 1,500-meter run while Princeton Olympian Donn Cabral and Dartmouth’s Matt Miner will run in the international mile. All three have run sub-four miles in their careers, with Miner’s milestone coming this year as an Oregon graduate student. You can view the races beginning Friday night at 10 pm at PreClassic.com.

Cabral will return on Saturday for the DL’s high-powered steeplechase. Brown graduate Anna Willard has joined the 1,500-meter field and Dartmouth’s Alexi Pappas, who like Miner has been an Oregon grad student this year, will pace the women’s 5,000-meter run.

Princeton grad Nathan Crumpton braved the elements in NYC last week to shoot a series of images of the adidas Grand Prix. As always, he placed an emphasis on the Ivy competitors and you can see his full gallery here.

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