Yale graduate Kate Grace today became the 46th American female — and fourth Ivy Leaguer — to run sub-two for 800 meters before more than 50,000 fans at the Meeting Areva, a Diamond League stop in Paris. Grace’s fourth-place time was 1:59.47, behind winner Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi (1:57.26). American Alysia Montano was third in 1:57.75.
Grace joins Harvard grad Meredith Rainey Valmon (1:57.04), Cornell grad Morgan Uceny (1:58.37) and Brown alum Anna Willard (1:58.80) under the 2-minute milestone.
After the race Grace told LetsRun that her entry into the Diamond League meet was “super last minute” and that she now realizes that her closing 100m speed is her strength. She was also asked about the influx of Ivy League women on the international circuit. “[Morgan Uceny] was an idol of mine,” Grace said.
Also today, at the 22nd Memorial Leon Buyle in Oordegem, Belgium, two Ivy grads nearly topped their personal bests in the 1,500m run. Columbia grad Liam Boylan-Pett posted a 3:37.31 while Joe Stilin, formerly of Princeton, ran 3:39.72.