Closing With A Furey

Posted: 27 June by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

What an afternoon for the Ivy League at the U.S. Outdoor Nationals at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. In a short span, Heps had four athletes earn medals in field events and two other runners finish among the top seven in a national final.

One former Leaguer — Dartmouth javelin thrower Sean Furey — claimed a national title with a throw of 262-0. He actually had some stiff competition from a rising senior from Brown, NCAA champion Craig Kinsley, who threw a career-best 256-3 for third place in the event.

“There were a lot of people with big PRs,” said Furey. “It was an interesting competition. My best throw was my last throw. My first throw was only six centimeters in difference. I came out and put a mark out there. I was technically trying to force it out there for a bit, I couldn’t quite seal the deal. Everyone was in a tight bunch the whole time. It was very good competition.”

Eight-time Heps high jump champion Tora Harris of Princeton took second with a clearance of 7-5. The winner, Jesse Williams of Nike, cleared the same height, but with fewer misses. Ageless wonder Adam Nelson, a 1996 graduate of Dartmouth, finished third in the shot put with a season-best 68-4 1/2.

Cornell graduate Morgan Uceny was fifth in the 800-meter (2:00.86) while Princeton rising junior Donn Cabral was seventh in the steeplechase in 8:37.35. Cabral was the NCAA runnerup in that event and is already among the all-great steeplers in League history.

In all, four Ivy Leaguers captured national titles in Des Moines. Brown grad Anna Pierce (1,500-meter run) and Furey were joined by national junior champions Conor McCullough (hammer throw) and Pete Callahan (1,500-meter run), both of Princeton.

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