Continuing to Compete


There are seven NINE additional names that we need to follow this outdoor track season.  These athletes are Ivy League graduates who are finishing their NCAA eligibility at other schools due to the Ivy League’s “Rooney Rule”.

Princeton currently has two recent Tiger graduates, Mel Newbery and Nathan Mathabane, competing as Oregon Ducks.  Newbery will only be competing for the #4 Ducks this outdoor season, running in both the steeplechase (2,000m event – 6:42.37) and 5,000m (17:05.66) so far this season.  Mathabane competed for the #2 Ducks this past indoor season as a part of some 4×800 relays and mile contests. So far this outdoor season, Mathabane (leading the Pepsi Dual 1,500m in the above photo) has seasonal bests of 3:49.26 in the 1,500m and 1:56.89 in the 800m.  Both Newbery and Mathabane participated in the Pepsi Dual Meet, where Oregon won both the men’s and women’s competition over Arizona.

New Mexico also has two recent Ivy graduates competing for them this outdoor season.  Peter Callahan (Pr ’13) began his New Mexico career at the Arizona State Classic, where he won the 800m event in 1:50.43.  Sammy Silva (H’ 13), who earned All-American honors during the 2013 cross country season while at New Mexico, has set new personal bests in the 800m (2:10.58) and 1,500m (4:23.47) at the Stanford Invitational last weekend.

We highlighted a few weeks ago Brown’s Olivia Mickle winning the Texas Relays 5,000m event (16:35.43) as a member of the #3 Texas Longhorns.  Last weekend, she competed in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 33:40.14 in 14th place overall (7th collegian).  The time was the 2nd best in school history.  Who else was in that race?  Colorado’s Abby Levene, another Princeton graduate.  Levene finished in 11th overall place (5th collegian) in 33:17.58, a new personal best and 3rd best in school history.

Cornell graduate Kevin Johnson has been competing as a part of the #5 Florida State distance crew.  He has yet to put up a performance this outdoor season.


We received word of two other athletes who are competing as graduate students:

Cornell distance runner Andy Arnold is now competing for Ohio State, where he set a new personal best in the 5,000m (14:09.10) this past weekend at the San Francisco Distance Carnival.  He also has a season’s best of 3:50.70 in the 1,500m from the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational.  Thanks for the info, Peter Roach.

Meanwhile, Dartmouth distance runner Phil Royer is now at the University of Tulsa, where he ran a 8:28.40 at the Arkansas Spring Invitational last weekend.  He also has indoor track eligibility that he might be able to use next year. Thanks for this info, from Jon Gault.

If we have missed anyone, please let us know through the “Contact” link so we can follow them as well this outdoor season.  We only know if we happen to come across their names while viewing results OR if someone declares they are finishing up their eligibility elsewhere once they have graduated (that’s how we know that Harvard’s Maksim Korolev and Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan will be competing for Stanford and Oregon next year, respectively).


photo by Ryan Kang, “Daily Emerald”

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