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Late into the night at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., both Katie Kellner and Stephen Mozia claimed the first All-America honors for the Heps Nation. Kellner did so by taking seventh (33:45.31) in the 10,000-meter run, which was won by Iowa State’s Betsy Saina, while Mozia claimed eighth in the shot put with a best toss of 18.75 meters (61-6 1/4).
It was a day of close calls and disappointments otherwise. Columbia’s Harry McFann ran 1:48.76 to finish fifth in the first 800-meter heat of the day. While it was certain that he’d miss out on the final (only two non-automatic qualifiers would advance), it was tough to see his time held up as the sixth-fastest of the day and just .02 seconds shy of a spot in the finals. Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe was also a hard-luck case, finishing 11th overall, just six inches from getting three additional throws. Her lone legal toss of the day was 62.25 meters (204-3). Afterward Ratcliffe took the time to chat with ArmoryTrack.com.
Cornell’s sensational 4×100-meter relay couldn’t find its sub-40 regional magic, but still ran very well. But the 40.29 turned in by Ryan Hynes, Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon, Bruno Hortelano-Roig and Kinsley Ojukwu was not enough for a place in the final.
Five others from the Nation failed to move forward. Harvard’s Dustin Brode fell shy in the shot put, throwing 17.68 meters (58-0 1/4), while teammate Autumne Franklin ran 59.41 in the 400-meter hurdles. Remember, Franklin is only a freshman and we suspect she will be back.
Princeton senior Austin Hollimon had a painful run in the 400-meter hurdles. Despite illness, he toughed out his race in 54.82, nearly four seconds worse than his Eastern Prelim time. Like Ratcliffe, he took the time to graciously speak with ArmoryTrack.com. In that, he spoke about his growth at Princeton and that he still believes in 2016 (Rio Olympics). Teammate Russell Dinkins did not advance in the 800-meter run (1:50.70), but both he and Hollimon will run in the 4×400-meter relay Thursday.
And a former Princeton teammate — now a Texas graduate student — Trevor Van Ackeren did not advance in the steeplechase (9:01.72).
Nothing happens with the Heps Nation until 7:30 pm tonight when Princeton’s Greta Feldman competes in the 1,500-meter run. Below is today’s schedule.
All times Eastern
2 pm — Men’s decathlon (110m hurdles)
3 pm — Men’s decathlon (discus throw)
4 pm — Women’s heptathlon (100m hurdles)
4:30 pm — Men’s hammer throw final
5 pm — Women’s discus throw final
5 pm — Men’s decathlon (pole vault)
5 pm — Women’s heptathlon (high jump)
7 pm — Women’s 200m dash semifinal
7:15 pm — Men’s 200m dash semifinal
7:30 pm — Women’s 1,500m run semifinal
Greta Feldman (Princeton)
7:30 pm — Men’s long jump final
7:30 pm — Women’s heptathlon (shot put)
7:45 pm — Men’s 1,500m run semifinal
James Shirvell (Yale)
8 pm — Men’s decathlon (javelin throw)
8:05 pm — Women’s 100m hurdles semifinal
8:20 pm — Men’s 100m hurdles semifinal
8:35 pm — Women’s steeplechase semifinal
Genna Hartung (Cornell)
Rachel Sorna (Cornell)
9:05 pm — Women’s heptathlon (200m dash)
9:20 pm — Women’s 4×400-meter relay semifinal
9:40 pm — Men’s 4x400m relay semifinal
Princeton (Tom Hopkins, Daniel McCord, Russell Dinkins, Austin Hollimon)
10 pm — Men’s decathlon (1,500m run)
10:15 pm — Men’s 10,000-meter run final
Chris Bendtsen (Princeton)
Michael Franklin (Princeton)
Maksim Korolev (Harvard)
Mike Murphy (Columbia)