Time to catch up on some alumni happenings, as there have been news from all over the place:
Congrats to Alexandria Cadicamo (Y ’10) and Sarah Cummings (Pr ’11). Cadicamo won the Grete’s Great Gallop Half-Marathon in New York City this past weekend in 1:20.19. She was using the race as a final tune-up to the ING New York City Marathon coming up on November 3rd. The race was named after 9-time NYC Marathon winner Grete Waltz. You can watch her break the tape on the New York Athletic Club facebook page. Meanwhile, Cummings made her marathon debut at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minn., finishing 10th overall in 2:39.27. The Twin Cities Marathon served as the 2013 USA Marathon Championships, which were won by Nick Arciniaga and Annie Bersagel.
Back on September 30th, the Boston Athletic Association announced that Terrence Mahon will be elite running coach for the B.A.A.’s high performance group. Does this mean that Morgan Uceny and Anna Willard will be back on the East Coast? Not this fall – Uceny told Runner’s World magazine that she will be doing altitude training at Mammouth Lakes, Calif. this fall. Earlier in September, Uceny returned to road racing, winning the Bupa Great North Road Mile at the Gateshead Great North CityGames in 4:33.97, followed by a 2nd place finish in the NYC 5th Avenue Mile.
We found something for people to follow on Columbus Day – On Monday, an Ivy League all-star distance squad of Mark Amirault (Pr ’10), Tom Dialynas (Pr ’12), Jon Gault (D ’12), Dan Lowry (B ’12), Brendan Martin (Col ’11), Kyle Merber (Col ’12), Ethan Shaw (D ’12), Joe Stilin (Pr ’12), and Trevor Van Ackeren (Pr ’12) will participate as the “Ivy League Selection” in the All-Japan University Izumo Ekiden Relay Race in Izumo City, Japan. Never heard of an Ekiden Relay Race? It’s a Japanese long-distance running relay race on roads, where the stages vary in distance (5.8-km up to 10.2-km). Ivy Leaguers have participated in this Ekiden race beginning in 1998 – in fact, Martin and Shaw were part of the 2012 All-USA team with fellow Ivy Leaguer Matt Duffy (B ’12). A race preview on japan running news by Brett Larner has this to say about the team:
Worth a mention is this year’s Ivy League Select Team, which returns to a bona-fide all-Ivy lineup after a few years of recruiting among the commoners helped it get into the top ten. Led by Joe Stilin (Princeton), Dan Lowry (Brown), Mark Amirault (Princeton) and NCAA 1500 m record holder Kyle Merber (Columbia), the Ivy League team is ranked 3rd in the field on 5000 m average with a six-man mark of 13:51.62. Unfortunately the lineup is hamstrung by a relative lack of experience over longer distances, bumping it down to a #11 seed. A placing in the top ten would be a pretty major achievement for the Americans. (full preview)