Former Princeton Tiger Tora Harris won the national title in the high jump at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday. Now representing Asics, Harris was the only competitor to clear 2.31 meters (7-7).
“I was just hanging in there and staying tough,” Harris said. “I had to make adjustments because of the conditions. It was a great day to jump despite having too much tail wind. It was a big field with 26 guys, so in that situation you need to make adjustments and settle down.”
HepsTrack.com snagged this cool photo directly from Tora’s twitter page, which he updated throughout the competition. He is the man in the middle.
Harris wasn’t the only Ivy Leaguer with a strong showing at the Championships as five other former Heps champions finished in the top six.
Brown sensation Anna Willard was second in the steeplechase in 9:35.01, less than six seconds behind winner Jennifer Barringer of Colorado. Willard was third in the 1,500-meter run in 4:07.70.
Two former Dartmouth throwers placed high as Sean Furey was third in the javelin throw with a heave of 76.16 (249-10) and two-time Olympic medalist Adam Nelson was fourth in the shot put with a best of 21.01 (68-11 1/4).
Two recent Cornell graduates took sixth place in their disciplines — Morgan Uceny in the 800-meter run (2:01.32) and Muhammad Halim in the triple jump (16.09/52-9 1/2w).
The next step for Harris and Willard will be the IAAF World Championships scheduled for Berlin, Germany, in August. That will be the first major international track and field event in that Olympic Stadium since the 1936 Games.