Archive for the ‘Brown’ Category

Former Harvard standout Lindsey Scherf was the early news at the 2011 USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston, Texas, over the weekend. Not content to let the field relax, Scherf took off on a 5:17 first mile to set the pace and would hold on for a seventh-place finish (1:13:40).

The event — which served as a preview of the course being used for the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon next January — was won by Mohamed Trafeh on the men’s side and Jen Rhines on the women’s.

Both Scherf and former Columbia star Loretta Kilmer finished below the Olympic Trials’ qualifying standard of 1:15. Kilmer cut it very close, finishing 11th in 1:14:59. On the men’s side, Princetonian David Nightingale was 11th as well, beating the men’s qualifying standard by 31 seconds (1:04:29).

Here’s a post-race interview with Scherf.

Also in Heps’ alumni news, I just noticed that two former Heps champions and Olympians were among the top 20 quotes from 2010 as selected by readers.

A year ago, talking about the experience of competing at the Millrose Games, Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson said, “It’s definitely a circus, and we’re the big animals that people come to see.”

Brown grad Anna Pierce, after winning the USATF 1,500m final, talked about finishing eighth earlier in the season. “Sometimes I think maybe it’s good to get your a** kicked.”


Yale senior Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif.) looks poised to complete her Yale career with a bang in 2011. She didn’t just post the fastest 800-meter run (2:11.88) in the League Saturday night at the New York City Armory in a triangular meet with Dartmouth and Columbia, Grace also legged out on the top times in the mile run (4:54.85) as well. The All-American won both events.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Kate Grace (Yale) & Brynn Smith (Brown)
Dec. 12 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton) & Melissa Hewitt (Cornell)
Jan. 16 — Kim Standridge (Cornell) & Sharay Hale (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Kate Grace (Yale)

Columbia’s Tara Richmond (Long Beach, Calif.) and Dartmouth’s Monica Adler (Manchester, Mass.) share the award this week. Richmond won the high jump at the annual triangular meet with Dartmouth and Yale at the New York City Armory on Saturday, clearing a League-season-best 5-8 3/4. RIchmond beat teammate and defending Heps champion Monique Roberts, who cleared the same height but with more misses along the way. A product of the famed Long Beach Poly program, Richmond leapt 5-11 in the high jump and 40-9 in the triple as a senior. Adler kept pace with Yale’s Kate Grace on Saturday at the Armory in New York City, crossing the tape within a second of the All-American (2:12.52). Her time is the second-best in Heps this winter and fifth among all ECAC runners.

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Colby Lubman (Brown) & Gabrielle Piper (Penn)
Dec. 12 — Alaina Murphy (Harvard) & Kristin Smoot (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Kristin Smoot (Princeton) & Katelyn Walker (Dartmouth)
Jan. 16 — Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Tara Richmond (Columbia) & Monica Adler (Dartmouth)

Yale senior Marty Evans (Charlotte, N.C.) was a close second in the 200-meter dash at Outdoor Heps last spring, but now he is showing that he will be searching for an outright Indoor title at the Armory next month (ed. note: but not in the 200 as it isn’t contested at Indoor Heps). On that same Championship track at the Armory, Evans steamrolled to victory in the 200 in the triangular meet with Dartmouth and Columbia, completing the sprint in 21.87, easily the swiftest in the League this season. For good measure he also threw down a 49.49 in the 400, also among Heps’ top five.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Nick Huber (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Darcy Wilson (Harvard) & Austn Hollimon (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Bob Belden (Cornell) & Russell Dinkins (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)
Jan. 23 — Marty Evans (Yale)

Brown’s John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) claimed the title in the 200-meter dash at the Harvard Challenge in Cambridge on Saturday, posting a time of 22.12. That was the fastest in the League this winter until Yale’s Marty Evans went even faster (21.87) later that evening in New York. Spooney, an All-Ohio performer in the 100-meter dash last spring, is also one of seven freshmen listed among Heps’ fastest 14 in the 60-meter dash.

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Chris Bain (Cornell) & Kinsley Ojukwu (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Tom Hopkins (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Damon McLean (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)
Jan. 23 — John Spooney (Brown)

And for the stat-minded among us:
Yale, Dartmouth & Columbia at the Armory Triangular Meet (New York, N.Y.)
Brown & Harvard at the Harvard Challenge (Cambridge, Mass.)
Princeton at the Princeton Relays (Princeton, N.J.)
Penn at the Albany Great Dane Classic (New York, N.Y.)
Cornell at the Upstate Challenge (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Updated Heps Performance Lists

Former University of Delaware runner Jeff Pearlman, now at Sports Illustrated, isn’t satisfied with his alma mater placing blame on Title IX as the reason for bringing the axe down upon the men’s 100-year-old track-and-field program.

In the official press release, David Brond, vice president for communications and marketing, tries to make the University’s scapegoating of women’s athletics sound heroic, claiming, “This action demonstrates the University’s commitment to the equity principles embodied in Title IX.”

It should also be noted that the action makes room for the football team to pick up a 17th defensive back for next year.

Sad to report that both the president and athletic director at Delaware are former Ivy League athletes. President Dr. Patrick Harker was a football player at Penn while AD Bernard Muir played basketball at Brown.

It is very early in the indoor season, maybe too early to take much from this, but nine of the 12 Heps individuals and relays that are ranked among the nation’s top 10 so far come from Princeton University.

Here is a rundown across Heps.

Cornell junior Nick Huber has the best heptathlon score (5,370) in the nation at this point, the only Ivy League to top an event.

Princeton freshman jumper Damon McLean is second in the land in the triple jump (50-10) while sophomore teammate Russell Dinkins is fourth in the 400-meter dash (47.95).

Princeton sophomore Mel Newbery leads the way among the women with a fifth-place showing in the mile (4:52.83). Brown’s Samantha Adelberg is 10th in that same event (4:57.60). Staying in the mile, the Tigers have a pair of senior runners in the top 10 nationally with Trevor Van Ackeren (4:11.28) in seventh and Brian Leung (4:11.49).

The remaining two individuals among the rankers are both from Princeton and each is ranked ninth in their specialty — sophomore Peter Callahan in the 800-meter run (1:51.43) and senior Thanithia Billings in the weight throw (63-0 1/4).

Three relays are also ranked. The fifth spot in the distance medley relay is held down by Ivy Leaguers on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Tiger men have been clocked in 10:13.79 while the Cornell women crossed the line in 12:13.58. The Princeton men’s 4×400-meter relay (3:14.07) is currently listed 10th.

To see the updated Ivy League ranked list, please click here.

Nine different Ivy Leaguers have been named to Track & Field News‘ year-end national rankings, including three that the ‘Bible of the sport’ considers to be in the top 10 in the world.

Ageless Adam Nelson of Dartmouth, a three-time Olympian, was Heps’ top-ranked athlete on the world stage, tabbed seventh globally in the shot put (third in the U.S.). Two other former Heps champions — Anna Pierce of Brown and Morgan Uceny of Cornell — were ranked eighth and ninth in the world in the 800-meter run. Each was ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. in both the 800- and the 1,500-meter runs. Pierce was second in the 800 and sixth in the 15 while Uceny was third in each.

While not ranked in the top 10 in the world, Dartmouth’s Sean Furey was the only Heps athlete to hold down a top spot in the U.S. in his specialty, the javelin throw. Brown senior Craig Kinsley, the NCAA champion in that discipline, is ranked third nationally.

Kinsley is one of three active Hepsters to be ranked, joining a pair of Princeton steeplechasers. Junior Donn Cabral is ranked eighth among the men and senior Ashley Higginson fifth for the women.

The final two Ivy Leaguers in the rankings are each multiple League champions — Princeton high jumper Tora Harris (fourth) and Columbia steeplechaser Delilah DiCrescenzo (ninth).

Saying Goodbye to 2010

Posted: 28 December by Mary Boggs in Alumni, Brown

Anna Pierce — the former Brown star now at the forefront of a U.S. middle distance resurgence along with training partner Morgan Uceny — had something of a quiet year in 2010.

She recently sat down with Runner Space and opened up about her plans for 2011, which include a focus on the 1,500-meter run and some new ideas for hair coloring. Pierce, who has run sub-4 in the 1,500 and sub-2 in the 800, looks to contend for a medal at the 2011 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics. Click here for the video (which is mismatched with the audio, at least when I played it).