Going to Arkansas

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The NCAA declarations were released late last night (men | women), and we have a total of 10 Ivy affiliates (six of which are current undergraduates) making the qualification cut.

Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano originally had top-16 marks in both the mile and 3,000m runs, but has opted to focus only on the 3,000m.  She’s ranked 12th in the event with her 9:07.28 from the Terrier Invitational.

Princeton’s Megan Curham is the only other Ivy competing in the running events – her winning time of 16:01.51 from last weekend’s Indoor Heps have her ranked 15th in the women’s 5,000m.

Columbia’s Nadia Eke is going to be aiming for her 2nd NCAA top-6 finish in the indoor triple jump – her winning mark from Indoor Heps, 43-08 1/2, is ranked 5th in the country.  She finished 6th in this event last year.

Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu also secured her NCAA spot with her winning mark from Indoor Heps – her 56-02 in the shot put is ranked 9th in the country.

Cornell has the most number of qualifiers for an Ivy school.  Grant Sisserson has another opportunity to flirt with the 18-foot barrier in the pole vault, as his Ivy record of 17-11 1/4 is a tie for 13th in the nation.  Stephen Mozia just made the qualification cut, as his best of 63-06 from Cornell’s Sunday Invitational made the last qualification slot (16th nationally).  Mozia is the defending national-runner up in this event.

I said “10 Ivy affiliates” in the initial paragraph because we have 4 former Ivies who have also qualified for NCAAs.  Harvard/New Mexico’s Sammy Silva and Columbia/Oregon’s John Gregorek will be pulling double duty in both the mile and DMR for their graduate schools.  Silva is ranked 7th in the mile (4:33.48 – Don Kirby Open & Elite Meet, adjusted for altitude) and New Mexico’s DMR is ranked 4th (11:01.44 – Alex Wilson Invitational).  Gregorek is 7th in the mile (3:57.47 – Millrose Games) and is a part of the 12th ranked Oregon DMR squad (9:32.61 – Rod McCravy Memorial Track & Field Meet).  Dartmouth/Oregon’s Will Geoghegan has declared for both the 3,000m (2nd – 7:45.71, Millrose Games) and 5,000m (8th – 13:43.22, Rod McCravy Memorial Track & Field Meet).  Princeton/USC Conor McCullough has finally made it to NCAAs in the weight throw, where he is ranked 3rd with a toss of 77-05 1/4.

NCAAs is scheduled for March 13th and 14th in Fayetteville, Ark.

photo by Doug Austin

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