Last night, a world record was set at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Mass. In the women’s distance medley relay, the two USA pro squads of New Balance and NY All-Stars both surpassed the former mark of 10:50.98 while battling for the win throughout the race. The New Balance squad emerged with both the win and the official record over the NY All-Stars, 10:42.57 to 10:42.79. One of the names that will be listed with that record with New Balance will be Megan Krumpoch, a former multiple Heps champion and All-American in the individual 800m and distance relays for Dartmouth. Krumpoch (shown on the far right) ran the 800m leg of the DMR, running 2:05.68 for the second fastest split of the night. Krumpoch also has a #1 world mark in an individual event – her 1:11.83 from last weekend’s Terrier Invitational tops the world’s 500m rankings. Krumpoch was not the only Ivy in this event, as Harvard (Sarah Gillespie, Paige Kouba, Christi Scott, and Erika Veidis) finished as the top collegiate squad in the field with a time of 11:22.53 over squads from Boston College and Northeastern. Harvard’s time currently ranks them 11th nationally (where top 12 make it to NCAAs) and atop of the Ivy rankings.
Other Ivy alumni at the Grand Prix included Cornell’s Morgan Uceny in the 1,000m (who finished 6th in the 1,000m in 2:39.99), Dartmouth’s Steve Mangan and John Bleday in the mile (finishing 6th and 7th in 4:16.61 and 4:20.40, respectively), and Brown’s Dan Lowry in the 3,000m (7th in 7:56.33).
In other alumni news, Harvard alum/Stanford grad student Maksim Korolev earned a ticket to China yesterday with his 6th place finish at the USATF Cross Country Championships. The top 6 finishers in this race qualified to race for Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (this year being held in Guiyang, China). This race was the focus of Korolev’s winter racing season as he does not have any indoor track eligibility, and according to Letsrun.com, Korolev is the first collegian since 2009 to qualify for this Team USA squad. Chris Derrick defended his national cross country title for the second time by breaking away from the main pack near the halfway point in the 10km race. Dartmouth alum Ben True, who was on the last two Team USA squads for the World Championships, was the only man who tried to keep up with Derrick on his breakaway. Unfortunately, True could not hold on and faded to 11th. Princeton’s Joe Stilin and Cornell’s Sage Canaday also finished in the top 30, finishing 15th and 29th respectively. Princeton alumna Liz Costello was the top Ivy in the women’s 8km race, finishing 20th overall as Laura Thweatt won the overall race. Video replays are available through USATF.tv.
photo from Dartmouth T&F/XC twitter