Archive for March, 2009

Ivies Shine In Middle East

Posted: 28 March by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


Hey There. What’s it like in Amman, Jordan?

Columbia graduate Delilah DiCrescenzo took 33rd at the World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, finishing the course in 28:34. That was more than two minutes off the pace of champion Florence Jebet Kiplagat of Kenya.

DiCrescenzo was the second American to finish as teammate Julie Culley was the first 26 seconds ahead of the former three-time Heps steeplechase champion. The United States team entry was fifth behind Kenya, Ethiopia, Portugal and Spain.

Cornell graduate Max King was 40th on the men’s side, about two minutes behind winner Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia. King was the third American across the tape, just nine seconds behind the first U.S. runner Ryan Vall. The team race was taken by Kenya with the U.S. squad finishing eighth of 19.

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World Harriers

Posted: 20 March by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

heps-dicrescenzoTwo former Heps steeplechase champions — Max King of Cornell and Delilah DiCrescenzo of Columbia — will be competing on six-person squads representing the United States at the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships at the Bisharat Golf Course in Amman, Jordan, on March 28.

They earned those spots with their finishes at the USA Cross Country Championships in Derwood, Md., in early February.

King won the Heps steeple crown in 2001 and 2002, completing the course in 8:43.27 as a senior. That is the best Outdoor Heps time in the event in the last 16 years.

DiCrescenzo was a three-time champion for the Lions (2003, 2004 and 2005) and her fastest steeplechase time as a collegian is bettered by only one Ivy runner — 2008 Olympian Anna Willard of Brown.

Tigers Named All-Americans

Posted: 17 March by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

10-frickPrinceton’s Justin Frick and Alex Pessala have each been named as All-Americans by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, which has the nation’s longest acronym of USTFCCCA.

Frick was ninth at the NCAA Championships over the weekend with a clearance of 6-10 1/4 while Pessala was 10th in the weight throw with a best toss of 66-8.

All five Ivy Leaguers that trekked to College Station, Texas, for the NCAAs earned All-America status.

Maduka Earns More Accolades

Posted: 14 March by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


A day after taking second place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, Cornell senior Jeomi Maduka earned her second All-America honor of the weekend on Saturday.

This time she did so by finishing sixth in the triple jump with a best mark of 43-2 1/4. The winner was Florida State sophomore Kimberly Williams, who soared 45-3 3/4, nearly a foot longer than the rest of her competition. In fact, Williams had four jumps that would have proven to be of winning distance.

Yale sophomore Kate Grace stayed with the pack for the first 600 meters of the 800-meter run championship final, but fell off in the end, finishing eighth in 2:07.77. Lacey Cramer of Brigham Young took the title, winning a close race in 2:04.27.

Yesterday Grace had run a personal-best 2:04.72 to qualify for the final and now looks like a force for years to come.

Princeton junior Justin Frick was ninth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-10 1/4 while senior teammate Alex Pessala was 10th in the weight throw with a best toss of 66-8.

All-America Friday

Posted: 13 March by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

pre-har-christensenThree Ivy Leaguers competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, and all three assured themselves of All-America status. Harvard senior Becky Christensen capped the event by taking fifth in the high jump by clearing 6-0.

Texas junior Destinee Hooker won the event and broke the collegiate record in the process, clearing 6-6 in her second attempt. That broke the mark of 6-5 1/2 shared by four jumpers, including Harvard great Dora Gyorffy.

Christensen had cleared 6-3 1/4 earlier this season, second in Ivy history only to Gyorffy.

Four Ivy Leaguers will compete Saturday with Kate Grace of Yale in the 800-meter run, Jeomi Maduka of Cornell in the triple jump, Justin Frick of Princeton in the high jump and Alex Pessala of Princeton in the weight throw.

Maduka Takes Second at NCAAs

Posted: 13 March by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

3cmCornell senior Jeomi Maduka missed the national championship in the long jump by three centimeters tonight at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. That distance is demonstrated by this ugly little box to the right.

Maduka — who jumped 6.50 meters (21-4) to finish second — leapt 21 feet three times, saving her best bound for the final round, but it came up an ugly golden box shy of Boise State’s Eleni Kafourou’s fifth-round effort of 6.53 (21-5 1/4).

Her Big Red weekend is not over as Maduka will compete in the triple jump at 4:30 pm Eastern on Saturday afternoon. She is the fourth seed in the triple after soaring 43-10 1/2 at Indoor Heps two weeks ago.