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Okay, it is billed as Austin, but tonight’s American Track League stop at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, will serve as the professional debut of former Princeton star Austin Hollimon. Running at 8:55 pm (Eastern), Hollimon will be battling a solid 400-meter hurdles field highlighted by Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton.
Among the big names joining Eaton in San Marcos are Trey Hardee, Brittney Reese, Jeremy Wariner and Lolo Jones. Hollimon won’t be the first member of Heps Nation to compete in the ATL. Cornell graduates Garrett Huyler and Morgan Uceny were in action in the opener in Bloomington, Ind., and Princeton rising junior Cecilia Barowski — who took the 2013-14 year off — ran the 800m in the Charlottesville, Va., stop. (Hat tip to Russell Dinkins for the correction, we earlier referred to Barowski as a graduate.)
Speaking of Heps alums, there will be five graduate students — who ran in the Ivy League last year — competing at the NCAA preliminary rounds. Four — Peter Callahan of New Mexico, Abby Levene of Colorado, Olivia Mickle of Texas and Sammy Silva of New Mexico — will be in action in the West prelim in Fayetteville, Ark. Callahan (Princeton) won the Mountain West 1,500m, helping his Lobos to the conference championship. Levene (Princeton) was sixth in the PAC-12 10k while Mickle (Brown) was third in the Big XII 5k (as the Longhorns won the title). Silva scored in both the 1,500m and 5k at the MWC Champs. The lone grad in the East prelims in Jacksonville will be Ohio State’s Andy Arnold (Cornell), who will compete in the 5k for the Buckeyes. We’ve already highlighted the huge Heps Nation field headed to J-Ville.
Lastly, Jim Spier of the National Scholastic Athletic Foundation — the organization behind the New Balance Nationals — has speculated about potential Team USA members for the IAAF World Junior Championships to be held in Eugene, Ore., in late July. Among the athletes making his list are four Ivy freshmen — Princeton’s Megan Curham (5k/10k), Harvard’s Jade Miller (400m hurdles), Penn’s Brendan Shearn (10k) and yet another Quaker, Nick Tuck (steeplechase).
Elsewhere, Uceny and Yale grad Kate Grace at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays in Nassau, the Bahamas, and then Dartmouth’s Ben True and Princeton Ashley Higginson at the Diamond League Pre Classic. Click here for more specifics.