Dominating the Distances

Harvard's Paige Kouba leads going out of the water pit in the CW Steeplechase Championships.  Kouba wins the collegiate championships in 10:26.93

Ok, now that my fingers have defrosted, time to finish sharing what happened on the first day of the Penn Relays.

To wrap up the Thursday afternoon action, FIVE 4×400 squads qualified for the championship races that will be held on Saturday afternoon, including TWO teams that made it into the Championship of America final – Cornell and Princeton.  These teams went 1-2 in the Heptagonal heat with 3:42.02 for Cornell and 3:43.93 for Princeton.  The Championship of America final goes off on Saturday at 5:50pm. Dartmouth’s 3:48.56 and Harvard’s 3:46.80 qualified both squads for the College final section on Saturday at 5:35pm, while Penn’s 3:50.96 qualified them for the ECAC final section on Saturday at 5:45pm.

Thursday night is distance night at the Relays, where there were a number of Ivies who competed and finished among the top of their respective events.

HepsNation best showing occurred in the College Women’s Steeplechase Championships where five women finished in the top 8 of the event, led by Harvard’s Paige Kouba who won the event in a new personal best of 10:26.93.  Kouba battled Cornell’s Claire DeVoe in the latter half of the race, and DeVoe was awarded with a runner up finish in 10:29.22.  Dartmouth’s Sarah Delozier (4th – 10:32.93), Princeton’s Emily de La Bruyere (6th – 10:38.03), and Cornell’s Corey Dowe (8th – 10:40.74) rounded out the top 8 finishers.

Columbia’s Ben Eversole win the College Men 5000m College section in 14:22.37.  He was not the fastest Columbia 5000m runner last night, as Tait Rutherford ran 14:11.41 to finish 8th in the College Men 5000m Championship section.  Yale’s Kevin Dooney, who is the defending champion in this event, finished 6th overall with a new season’s best time of 14:06.46.

Also, a future HepsNation member won one of the elite high school events – Malia Ellington of Davidson, N.C., won the High School Girls Mile Championship with a 4:54.38.

Other top performances in the Thursday events include:

  • Yale’s Duncan Tomlin – 4th in the College Men Steeplechase Championships in 9:04.26
  • Cornell’s Connor Herr – 6th in the College Men Steeplechase Championships in 9:05.50
  • Cornell’s David Melly – 7th in the College Men Steeplechase Championships in 9:06.16
  • Penn’s Abby Hong – 8th in the College Women 3000m Championships in 9:45.48
  • Yale’s Isa Qasim – 7th in the Olympic Development Men 5000m Run in 14:41.40
  • Cornell’s Jon Phillips – 7th in the College Men 10km Championships in 30:02.19
  • Columbia alum Brendan Martin – won the Olympic Development Men 10km in 29:44.41
  • Dartmouth alum Phil Royer – 4th in the Olympic Development Men 10km in 30:34.91
  • Penn’s Kelsey Hay – 5th in the College Women Javelin Throw Championships with 151-00

photo by Ross Dettman

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