Battling the LA Heat


Several Ivy League athletes participated in this weekend’s Olympic Marathon Trials, held in Los Angeles. Competitors had to run a qualifying marathon or half marathon time to be eligible for the race, and the top three men and women finishers earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team for the upcoming games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Conditions were far from ideal, with temperatures in the 70s toward the end of both the men’s and women’s races, and many athletes were forced to drop out.

So how did the former Ivy athletes fare? None qualified for the Olympics, but there were several impressive performances —and the top Ivy finishers were both Cornellians. Running her debut marathon, Katie Kellner (Cornell ’13) was the top finisher for the women in 28th (2:43: 41). Kellner’s Hansons Running teammate, Desi Linden, finished second overall to earn a trip to Rio. On the men’s side, Max King (Cornell ’02) finished 12th in a time of 2:17:14. It should be noted that King finished fifth last weekend at the USATF Cross Country National Championships in Bend, Ore.

Four other Ivy alumni placed in the top 30: Hilary Dionne (Dartmouth ’07), 37th, 2:44:44; Brendan Martin, (Columbia ’11), 20th, 2:20:41;  Ethan Shaw (Dartmouth ’12), 21st, 2:20:56; and Chris Zablocki (Dartmouth ’10), 30th, 2:22:59.

And the rest of the results:

Carrie Dimoff (Princeton ’05), 40th, 2:44:58

Sarah Cummings (Princeton ’11), 53rd, 2:47:55

Alex Bernardi (Brown ’08), 91st, 2:53:31

Olivia Mickle (Brown ’13), 93rd, 2:53:49

Joanna Zeiger (Brown ’92, swimming), 149th, 3:23:28

Megan Curham (Princeton ‘17), DNF

Lindsey Scherf (Harvard ’08), DNF

Alex Cadicamo (Yale ‘10), DNF

Jake Sienko (Columbia ’14), 71st, 2:30: 14

Chris Bendtsen (Princeton ’14), 84th, 2:34:39

John Bleday (Dartmouth ’14), DNF

Zachary Hine (Cornell ’09), DNF

The Team USA Marathon team will be Amy Cragg, Desi Linden, Shalane Flanagan, Galen Rupp, Meb Keflezighi, and Jared Ward.  Race photos taken by Michaell Scott are available on facebook and on Shutterfly.

If there are any other Ivy alumni who raced on Saturday, email us with their name, school affiliation, and result and we will add it to the list.

– Becky Wexler

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