Archive for May, 2010

Complete NCAA Men’s Championship Fields

Posted: 31 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

In fewer than 24 hours, yours truly will be moving into a college dorm for the first time in 25 years. One of the odd things is that there will be four Ivy League athletes moving into the same dorm at the same time. More on that to come.

In the meantime, enjoy the championship fields for the NCAA Championships coming to Eugene, Ore., in less than two weeks. Ten Ivy League men will be in competition.

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The Ivy League will be represented by 13 women at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. To take a look at the championship fields, please check out the information below:

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Prelims Over; 23 Head To Eugene

Posted: 29 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


After the runners in the second heat of the 1,500-meter run jogged through the first half of the race, Columbia soophomore Kyle Merber helped push the pace into the final lap and then sprinted home in a sub-55 final 400 meters to win the heat in 3:50.99.

With Merber’s victory and Princeton sophomore Trevor Van Ackeren taking fifth, both runners advanced to the NCAA Championships, two weeks from now in Eugene, Ore. In the end, the first 10 runners in the first heat all had a better time than Merber, but the set up of the quarterfinals awarded competition, giving automatic slots to the top five finishers.

Then in the men’s 5,000-meter run, Princeton junior Kyle Soloff (14:11.02) won his heat while teammate Donn Cabral earned his second spot in Eugene by finishing fifth (14:13.68) about 11 hours after running the second-fastest steeplechase time in Ivy League history.

Princeton sophomore Alex Banfich took third in the 5,000-meter run (16:16.14), leading two other Ivy Leaguers — Columbia freshman Caroline McDonough and Harvard junior Claire Richardson — into the national final in two weeks.

The Ivy League pushed its total of Championships qualifiers to 23 with those performances:

MEN
800: Chris Labosky, Yale
1,500: Kyle Merber, Columbia; Trevor Van Ackeren, Princeton
5k: Kyle Soloff, Princeton; Donn Cabral, Princeton
10k: Duriel Hardy, Brown
Steeple: Donn Cabral, Princeton
High jump: Justin Frick, Princeton
Discus: Bryan Powlen, Brown
Javelin: Craig Kinsley, Brown

WOMEN
400: Sharay Hale, Columbia
800: Kate Grace, Yale; Kim Standridge, Cornell
5k: Alex Banfich, Princeton; Caroline McDonough, Columbia; Claire Richardson, Harvard
10k: Sarah Cummings, Princeton
Steeple: Ashley Higginson, Princeton; Stephanie Pancoast, Cornell; Anne Lovelace, Yale
Shot put: Danielle Grunloh, Brown
Hammer: Brynn Smith, Brown
Javelin: Victoria Imbesi, Cornell

Donn Doubles Down Again

Posted: 29 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

UPDATED: Adds women’s steeplechase news along with discus and triple jump for the men.

After the steeplechase events at the NCAA East Preliminaries were washed away last night in Greensboro, N.C., Princeton sophomore Donn Cabral woke up ready to run on Saturday.

Now one of 16 Ivy Leaguers who have advanced to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., Cabral ran the second-fastest steeplechase time in Ivy League history, finishing in 8:35.60. He and Louisville junior Matt Hughes were the only runners under 8:40.

Cabral’s time was the best by a Leaguer in the last quarter century as Dartmouth’s Michael Fadil posted 8:29.01 back in 1985. The fastest time in between Fadel and Cabral was 8:36.17 by Dartmouth’s Sam Wilbur in 1994.

Cornell sophomore Adrien Dannemiller was a hard-luck finisher. His 8:47.80, in the same heat with Cabral, was not only the fastest non-qualifying time, it was better than three of the runners who advanced to Eugene automatically from other heats.

Three Ivy women have also earned their tickets to Eugene in the steeplechase as Princeton junior Ashley Higginson (10:20.85), Cornell senior Stephanie Pancoast (10:30.62) and Yale sophomore Anne Lovelace (10:32.92) sloshed their way to qualifying times.

Brown senior Bryan Powlen advanced to Eugene in the discus throw by finishing third with a toss of 182-3, but his senior teammate Reginald Cole missed by just two inches in the triple jump, closing his career with a leap of 51-1 1/2.

The first 16 headed to Oregon:

MEN
800: Chris Labosky, Yale
10k: Duriel Hardy, Brown
Steeple: Donn Cabral, Princeton
High jump: Justin Frick, Princeton
Discus: Bryan Powlen, Brown
Javelin: Craig Kinsley, Brown

WOMEN
400: Sharay Hale, Columbia
800: Kate Grace, Yale; Kim Standridge, Cornell
10k: Sarah Cummings, Princeton
Steeple: Ashley Higginson, Princeton; Stephanie Pancoast, Cornell; Anne Lovelace, Yale
Shot put: Danielle Grunloh, Brown
Hammer: Brynn Smith, Brown
Javelin: Victoria Imbesi, Cornell

Kinsley: King of the Jav

Posted: 28 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

Note: The men’s and women’s steeplechases, the last two events of the day, are being postponed because of weather (presumably bad weather!). UPDATE: These events will now be contested on Saturday morning.

Heps athletes continued to post strong showings at the NCAA East Preliminaries at Belk Stadium in Greensboro, N.C., earning spots at the NCAA Championships, slated for Eugene, Ore., two weekends from now.

Brown junior Craig Kinsley was the top performer of Day Two with his victory in the javelin throw. His best mark of 238-7 was more than seven feet further than the rest of the competition. Another junior thrower from Brown, Brynn Smith, is heading to Eugene after she qualified in the hammer with a 12th-place mark of 185-1.

The most notable performance on the women’s side came from Columbia sophomore Sharay Hale, who ran 52.45 in the 400-meter dash to qualify for Oregon. With that time, she becomes the first Ivy Leaguer to ever run within a second of Meredith Rainey’s League record mark of 51.56.

Yale junior Kate Grace also advanced by running 2:04.22 for 800 meters, joining a small and illustrious group of Ivy women to ever run sub-2:05. She is the fifth such runner to achieve that mark along with Rainey, Cornell’s Doriane Lambelet and Morgan Uceny and Princeton’s Lauren Simmons. Grace wasn’t the only 800m advancer from Heps as Yale senior Chris Labosky (1:47.74) did so on the men’s side and Cornell junior Kim Standridge (2:05.37) for the women.

Princeton senior Justin Frick also punched his national ticket with a clearance of 7-1 in the high jump. He cleared that height after missing twice, but he would have advanced with a miss regardless.

Heading to Eugene after most of Day Two:

MEN
800: Chris Labosky, Yale
10k: Duriel Hardy, Brown
High jump: Justin Frick, Princeton
Javelin: Craig Kinsley, Brown

WOMEN
400: Sharay Hale, Columbia
800: Kate Grace, Yale; Kim Standridge, Cornell
10k: Sarah Cummings, Princeton
Shot put: Danielle Grunloh, Brown
Hammer: Brynn Smith, Brown
Javelin: Victoria Imbesi, Cornell

Twenty Leaguers Take Steps Toward Eugene

Posted: 27 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

It was a great Day 1 at the NCAA East Preliminaries for the Ivy League as four athletes have already advanced to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., in two weeks and 16 others moved on to the national quarterfinals. That’s just one step away from heading to Oregon.

Advancing out of Greensboro, N.C., tonight were Brown seniors Danielle Grunloh and Duriel Hardy, Princeton junior Sarah Cummings and Cornell freshman Victoria Imbesi. Hardy was the highest finisher, taking sixth in the 10,000-meter run tonight in a time of 29:51.62. Grunloh was eighth in the shot with a toss of 52-10 3/4. Imbesi was 11th in the javelin (148-10) while Cummings took 12th, and the final spot, in the 10k (35:25.97).

Columbia’s sub-four sophomore Kyle Merber was the top Ivy qualifier, taking second overall in the 1,500-meter run and winning his heat in 3:47.87. Princeton sophomore Trevor Van Ackeren also advanced to the quarters in that event.

Lion sophomore Sharay Hale ran 53.02 in the 400-meter dash to advance, as did Yale senior Claudia Duncan. Two Ivy women — Columbia’s Jackie Drouin and Cornell’s Kerri Lyons — qualified for the quarterfinals of the 1,500.

Columbia soph Kyra Caldwell was one of five Lion athletes to advance on Day 1, running 58.64 in the 400-meter hurdles. In the same event on the men’s side, Cornell’s Brian Freitas moved through in 51.98.

But the biggest Ivy bounty came in the 800-meter run, where eight Hepsters qualified for the quarterfinals. Yale senior Chris Labosky led the way for the men in 1:48.73 while four others — Princeton rookie Russell Dinkins, Cornell frosh Nick Wade, Columbia junior Jeff Moriarty and Penn junior Darryll Oliver — followed him through the first step on the road to Eugene.

On the women’s side the top time came from Harvard freshman Carlyle Davis (2:07.37), who will be joined in the finals by Cornell junior Kim Standridge and Yale junior Kate Grace.

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