Count them up. Ten members of the Heps Nation posted top-eight finishes at the USA Track & Field Indoor Nationals in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend.
Perhaps the most impressive performance was that of Princeton grad Russell Dinkins, who took fourth in the 600-meter dash in 1:15.86 (including a closing lap of 26-flat). That is the fastest indoor 600 ever run by an Ivy Leaguer (although Brown grad Trinity Gray ran an outdoor 600 in 1:14.48 in 2000). Additionally, now only six Americans — Casimir Loxsom, Isaiah Harris, Eric Sowinski, Shaquille Walker, Duane Solomon and Chip Jenkins — have ever run an indoor 600 faster than Dinkins has.
One of Dinkins’ teammates at Princeton, Tom Hopkins, finished third in the heptathlon with 5,417 points. Hopkins — who never completed a multi-event in college — would have won easily if he was able to score more points in the vertical events (high jump, pole vault). Expect him to continue to improve given his relative inexperience.
Three of the top eight finishers in the mile run were Ivy grads. Columbia graduates Kyle Merber (4:02.75) and John Gregorek (4:03.72) were sixth and seventh, just ahead of Dartmouth alum Steve Mangan (4:09.88) in eighth. The last male top eight was Cornell graduate Max Hairston, who took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.71.
For the women, Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski and Dartmouth’s Megan Krumpoch both finished fifth in their finals. For Barowski it was a time of 1:27.07 in the 600-meter run while Krumpoch posted 2:41.42 in the 1,000-meter run.
Cornell graduate Rachel (Sorna) Schilkowsky led beyond of the midway point of the two-mile run, but fell to the back of the pack. She then charged back, passing four runners in the final laps, to finish seventh in 10:46.20. Finally, Dartmouth alum Kaitlin Whitehorn was tied for seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 1.77 meters (5-9 3/4).