Archive for June, 2009

Harris Leaps To Crown

Posted: 29 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

torahFormer 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.

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Heading To Track Town

Posted: 23 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

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On Thursday the 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin in Track Town, U.S.A., otherwise known as Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

muhhalimIt looks like close to 20 current or former Ivy Leaguers will be competing for a national crown as well as an opportunity to join Team USA for 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.

Not all of the final declarations are posted on the USATF website, so here is a rundown of the declared or pending Ivy Leaguers:

Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Dartmouth), decathlon
Liam Boylan-Pett (Columbia), 1,500m run
Jesse Carlin (Penn), 800m run
Becky Christensen (Harvard), high jump
Delilah DiCrescenzo (Columbia), steeplechase
Sean Furey (Dartmouth), javelin throw
Muhammad Halim (Cornell), triple jump
Tora Harris (Princeton), high jump
Garrett Huyler (Cornell), high jump
Gary Jones (Cornell), triple jump
Jeff Lachman (Yale), discus throw
Michael Maag (Princeton), 5,000m run
Jeomi Maduka (Cornell), long jump
Adam Nelson (Dartmouth), shot put
David Nightingale (Princeton), 5,000m run
Alex Pessala (Princeton), hammer throw
Ben True (Dartmouth), 1,500m run
Morgan Uceny (Cornell), 800m run
Anna Willard (Brown), 1,500m run & steeplechase

In addition, Harvard assistant coach Matt Chisam will be competing in the decathlon.

Two More Ivy Academic Accolades

Posted: 19 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

pre-har-christensenTwo Ivy League seniors have been named to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-America teams for women’s track and field with Harvard’s Becky Christensen on the second team and Princeton’s Megan Brandeland on third team.

Christensen had a sensational season, dominating the Ivy League in the high jump and earning All-America status both indoor and outdoor. She cleared 6-3 1/4 during the indoor campaign, the second-highest mark on the all-time Ivy performer list behind fellow Crimson Dora Gyorffy. Christensen, a native of Celina, Texas, carries a 3.41 grade-point average in psychology.

Brandeland, the 2008 Heps steeplechase champion, helped deliver an unprecedented performance at Heps cross country this past fall, taking second as her Tigers took the top three positions and nine of the first 11. That squad took fourth at the NCAA Championships. Brandeland, who hails from Prior Lake, Minn., has a 3.75 GPA in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Labosky Earns Academic All-America Status

Posted: 18 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

laboskyYale junior Chris Labosky has been selected to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-America third team for men’s track and field.

Labosky, who holds a 3.97 grade-point average as a Humanities major, is a distance runner for the Bulldogs. He earned a second-team All-Ivy nod during the 2008-09 indoor track and field season as a member of the 4×880-yard relay team. The Tallmadge, Ohio native was also an IC4A qualifier in the 800-meter run in the outdoor season.

The women’s Academic All-America team will be announced tomorrow and three Ivy Leaguers — Brown’s Nicole Burns, Harvard’s Becky Christensen and Princeton’s Megan Brandeland — are on the ballot.

Seven Leaguers Are All-America

Posted: 16 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

madukaWhen all was said and done from a stormy NCAA Track & Field Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., over the weekend, seven Ivy Leaguers attained All-America status.

Cornell senior Jeomi Maduka led the way, earning All-America honors in both the long and triple jumps. Maduka finished seventh in the long jump with a top leap of 6.26 meters (20-6 1/2) as the top three finishers each had a best jump of 6.54 (21-5 1/2). Florida State sophomore Kimberly Williams was the winner because she had the second-best effort of the three. Maduka was 12th in the triple (12.72 / 41-8 3/4), another event won by Williams.

Harvard senior Becky Christensen earned the national status by finishing tied for fifth in the high jump. A four-time Outdoor Heps champion, Christensen was one of four athletes to share that fifth spot as they each cleared 1.83 meters (6-0) after two misses. As expected, Texas junior Destinee Hooker won the event by clearing 1.95 meters (6-4 3/4).

Harvard freshman Nico Weiler, competing in his first NCAA Championship, became the Ivy League’s first top-eight finisher in the pole vault at the outdoor championship in 36 years. Weiler cleared 5.35 meters (17-6 1/2) on his third try to finish sixth. The last time an Ivy Leaguer was among the outdoor top eight was back in 1973, when Harvard’s Jim Kleiger cleared 16-0 to take a tie for fifth.

Brown sophomore Craig Kinsley joined the group with the highest finish of any Leaguer in Fayetteville by taking third in the javelin throw with a toss of 73.31 meters (240-6), little more than two inches behind second-place Corey White of USC. Georgia junior Chris Hill won the title with a mighty throw of 258-5.

Cornell senior Garrett Huyler, who soared 7-3 at Outdoor Heps, was eighth in the high jump (at 2.14 / 7-0 1/4) to take national accolades. The winner was Kansas State’s Scott Sellers, who cleared the bar at 7-5.

Two Princeton Tigers earned All-America status from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association following the meet. Senior Michael Maag was honored for his finish in the 5,000-meter run, when he was 10th in 14:14.67. Tiger sophomore Sarah Cummings did the same in the 10,000-meter run by finishing 12th in 34:39.77.

Kinsley Finishes Third in Jav

Posted: 12 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

10-kinsleyBrown sophomore Craig Kinsley became the fourth Ivy Leaguer to earn All-America status on Friday and he did so with the highest finish of any Leaguer at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Kinsley did it by taking third in the javelin throw with a toss of 73.31 meters (240-6), little more than two inches behind second-place Corey White of USC. Georgia junior Chris Hill won the title with a mighty throw of 258-5.

The Brown Bear is joined by Harvard’s Becky Christensen and Nico Weiler and Cornell’s Garrett Huyler as Friday All-Americans. Cornell senior Jeomi Maduka earned that status on Thursday and can do it again on Saturday in the triple jump. She will be the only Leaguer in action on the day.