The Swathmore Last Qualifier meet has been kind to Ivy Leaguers in recent history. Most notably, Columbia’s Kyle Merber set an American Collegiate Record in the 1,500m with his conference record time of 3:35.59 back in 2012.
Well, more Swathmore magic occurred earlier this evening (check out the video above).
Penn’s Thomas Awad and Princeton’s Garrett O’Toole are the lastest Ivies to have used the magic from that track to break into the Ivy League record books. While they may not have won the 1,500m race that featured many professionals chasing Olympic Standards, they held their own as they were the top two collegians in the event and set the second and third fastest times in conference history. Awad was fifth overall with a time of 3:37.79 – steps ahead of Princeton alum Peter Callahan, who was seventh in 3:37.87 – while O’Toole was 11th overall in 3:39.34. Both times are new school records, while Awad’s time is an Olympic Trials qualifier.
Unfortunately, these times cannot be used for NCAA Preliminary qualification as they were set outside the qualifying time frame (the final day to qualify was yesterday); otherwise, these times would be the fastest and fifth fastest in the East Region.
Four other members of HepsNation finished in the top 10 of their respective events at Swathmore. Peter Roach was the only event winner as the Cornell alum won the pole vault with a 16-08 3/4 height. Princeton alum Trevor Van Ackeren was the runner-up in the steeplechase (8:49.65) while Penn alumna Jesse Carlin was third in the 800m (2:06.56). Penn sophomore Kylene Cochrane ran a two-second personal best in the 1,500m to finish fourth overall and top collegian with a 4:29.08 time.