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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