Princeton graduate Damon McLean had a great international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. McLean finished 10th in the men’s triple jump finals with a best distance of 15.38 meters (50-05 1/2), which was his only legal jump in the final competition. The event was won by South African Khoto Mokoena in 17.20 meters (56-05 1/4). Saturday was the final day of Commonwealth Games competition.
Back to this side of the Atlantic – another Princeton graduate, Joe Stilin, finished 4th in the highly energized Capital RunWalk Men’s Sub 4 Challenge at the Sir Walter Miler at Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., on Friday night. Stilin was in the top 3 throughout the majority of the race, but was passed with 70 meters to do by Isaac Preston. The race was won by Ford Palmer in 3:57.61, who had broken the mystical 4:00/mile barrier for the first time in his running career that night. Stilin finished in 4:00.85. Flotrack captured the race – WARNING – be sure to turn your volume to low as the crowd is VERY loud. Stilin has previously broken the 4:00/mile earlier this outdoor season, running a 3:59.75 in April at the Blue Shoes Mile in Greenville, S.C. Stilin first broke the barrier during the 2012 indoor season.
Three Dartmouth graduates raced well on Saturday at the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon 10km race in Cape Elizabeth, Me.. Ben True finished 3rd in the men’s race with a time of 27:49.8, both of which are American bests for this race. The men’s race was won Bedan Karoki of Kenya in a quick time of 27:36.4. Will Geoghegan, who will be finishing up his NCAA eligibility at Oregon next year with Columbia grad John Gregorek, was the top Maine finisher as he placed 11th overall with a time of 29:53. In the women’s race, Alexi Pappas finished in 7th place with a strong 32:31.4. Last year, Pappas had finished 10th in a time of 32:56. Gemma Steel of the UK held of American Shalane Flanagan for the women’s title, 31:26.5. Letsrun got interviews will all three Dartmouth grads after the race – check out this page if you want to view them.
photo from Team Jamaica’s twitter page