Time to bend the space-time continuum in order to report some of the recent news we have shared only through Twitter so far (because unfortunately, time was not in our favor recently). Bring your towels and listen for the cloister bell (and extra treats for those who get these references), because we will be covering a lot of ground.
First off, to Europe –
Back on August 11th, it was the final day of the IAAF World Track and Field Championships. First up on the track, Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano geared up for the preliminary round of the 4×100 relay with his Spanish teammates Eduard Viles, Sergio Ruiz, and Angel David Rodríguez. This quartet would need to set a new Spanish national record in this event in order be close to qualifying for the finals. And while they did set a new national record by finishing fourth in their preliminary heat with 38.46 (besting the mark they set earlier this summer, 38.60), it was not fast enough as they were 0.05 seconds shy of advancing to the finals. Later on the field, Harvard alum Samyr Laine (representing Haiti) competed in the triple jump finals, where he was seeded eighth after the preliminary rounds held a few days before. Unfortunately, he finished up in 11th (16.09m, wind -0.8 m/s) in an intense finals competition where France’s Teddy Tamgho winning jump of 18.04m (wind +0.3 m/s) came not only on the last leap of the competition that broke a tie for 1st place, but is also the 3rd furthest mark in the history of the triple jump.
Hopping over to Stockholm, Sweden, where the DN Galan Diamond League meet was held on August 22nd. Due to the strength of his 200m performance at Worlds the week before, Hortelano was offered a starting position in the DL 200m. He finished 7th in the race with 21.15.
Back to this side of the Atlantic Ocean – New Jersey, in fact – where the New Jersey/New York Track Club gained two more high profile athletes to their group this past week: Princeton alum Donn Cabral and Princeton’s volunteer coach Robby Andrews. Previously, Cabral had been training with his former high school coach outside of any training group while Andrews was also coached by Princeton’s distance coach Jason Vigilante. This brings the total number of Ivy League alumni/affiliated runners to 7, with Columbia (Deliliah DiCrescenzo, Liam Boylan-Pett, and Kyle Merber) and Princeton (Ashley Higginson, Cabral, Andrews) duking it out over Twitter for bragging rights. Kate Grace will likely be having fun watching this battle from the sidelines… UPDATE: Another Princeton alum has joined the NJ/NY Track Club – Trevor Van Ackeren. So the Tigers have the edge right now in this internal debate.
And last but not least, the final major track and field meet for the 2013 season for Ivy athletes was down in Medellin, Colombia, where six Ivy athletes competed at the Pan American Junior Championships. In-coming freshmen Rudy Winkler (Cornell) and Jade Miller (Harvard) won silvers in the hammer throw and 400m hurdles respectively. Rising-sophomore Tom Awad (Penn) earned 3rd place in the 5,000m in 14:55.53, making the medal’s podium by only a few strides. Rising Cornell frosh Jordan Sherwood helped the Canadian 4×400 relay squad earn a bronze medal, after competing as an individual in the 400m hurdles. Rising sophomores Autumne Franklin (Harvard) and Brendan Smith (Penn) also competed in Colombia. Smith finished 6th in the steeplechase in 9:35.70 while Franklin did not make it out of the 400m hurdle preliminaries. Official results are slowly being released, but check out the results of the first two days of action here and here.