There was a strong Ivy League presence on the podium for the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5km on Saturday morning as Donn Cabral (Princeton ’12) and Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth ’13) won their respective races, earning the titles “King and Queen of New York”.
Cabral’s win came down to who had the best closing as he was battling Ethiopian Diriba Degefa Yigezu and NJ-NY Track Club teammate Travis Mahoney going into the final stretch on Central Park’s West Drive. Cabral – who won this race last year in 14:24 – held off Yigezu and Mahoney, winning 14:19 to Yigezu’s and Mahoney’s 14:20. Yigezu was sixth in this race last year. Columbia alumnus Liam Boylan-Pett was the only other Ivy to finish in the top 30 as he was 22nd in 15:42.
Pappas was able to break away from her main competitors in the Central Park hills after mile 2 and was able to keep powering through to the finish, besting the field by 8 seconds. Pappas’ winning time was 15:59 – the only woman athlete to break 16 minutes this year. This was Pappas’ return to the 5km distance after previously running 10kms and a half marathon earlier this year. Joining Pappas on the podium was Princeton alumna Ashley Higginson, who finished in third place in 16:16. Higginson was tenth in this event last year in a time of 17:13. Princeton undergrads Megan Curham and Maria Seykora also finished in the top 10: Curham was fifth in 16:25 while Seykora was 10th in 17:37.
A full race recap is available by Race Results Weekly via Letsrun.com.
In addition, Princeton alum Chris Bendtsen made his marathon debut on Sunday in the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon. He finished 20th in the elite field and 6th American finisher with a time of 2:36:22. Kenya’s Stanley Biwott won the race in 2:10:34.
photo by Chris Lotsbom