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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.”

Last week, former Columbia star Liam Boylan-Pett won the 800-meter run at the inaugural Hoya Spiked Shoe Club Invitational in Bethesda, Md. Next Thursday he will move up the coast to New York City to serve as a pacesetter in the New York Road Runners Men’s Distance Challenge two-mile run at the 104th Millrose Games. Boylan-Pett will be leading Galen Rupp and Anthony Famiglietti through their paces at Madison Square Garden.

Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson will face off in the shot put with his traditional rivals Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa. Next year Nelson will be looking to compete in his fourth Olympic Games!

And in some other national news, Track & Field News has released its current U.S. indoor rankings (not limited to collegians) and Cornell’s Kim Standridge is third in the 1,000-meter run (2:46.48) while Big Red sophomore Nick Wade is fourth in the same event for the men (2:23.66). Penn’s Maalik Reynolds is tied for fourth in the high jump (7-3).

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).

The 42nd running of Dartmouth Relays will get underway on Friday, primarily focused on high school events for the first two days. The college events take center stage at Leverone Field House in Hanover on Sunday. The latest information can be found on Rick Berryman’s Lancer Timing website.

The Relays record books serve as a ‘who’s who’ of U.S. track stars, past and present. Among the recordholders are Bruny Surin, LaVonna Martin Floreal, Robert Weir, Louise Ritter, Walter Henning and Joe Dial. There are also current and former Ivy Leaguers represented with the likes of Adam Nelson, Lynn Jennings, Josh Kauke, Tristan Colangelo, David Slovenski and Konique Ballah.

Below is the college schedule for Sunday. Be sure to keep an eye on the festivities.

8:45 am — Women’s 60m hurdles (Pentathlon)
9 am — Men’s 60m hurdles (Heptathlon)
9 am — Women’s long jump (Final)
9:20 am — Women’s high jump (Pentathlon)
9:35 am — Men’s pole vault (Heptathlon)
11 am — Women’s 60m hurdles (Trials)
11 am — Men’s long jump (Final)
11:15 am — Men’s 60m hurdles (Trials)
11:30 am — Women’s 60m dash (Trials)
11:30 am — Women’s shot put (Pentathlon)
11:45 am — Men’s 60m dash (Trials)
Noon — Men’s 60m hurdles (Semis)
Noon — Women’s high jump (Final)
Noon — Women’s pole vault (Final)
12:05 pm — Women’s 60m hurdles (Semis)
12:10 pm — Men’s 60m dash (Semis)
12:15 pm — Women’s 60m dash (Semis)
12:20 pm — Men’s 1,000m run (Heptathlon)
12:30 pm — Women’s shot put (Final)
12:30 pm — Men’s shot put (Final)
12:35 pm — Women’s 800m run (Sections on time)
12:45 pm — Women’s long jump (Pentathlon)
12:50 pm — Men’s 800m run (Sections on time)
1:05 pm — Women’s 60m hurdles (Final)
1:10 pm — Men’s 60m hurdles (Final)
1:15 pm — Women’s 60m dash (Final)
1:20 pm — Men’s 60m dash (Final)
1:25 pm — Women’s mile run (Sections on time)
1:45 pm — Men’s mile run (Sections on time)
2 pm — Mens high jump (Final)
2 pm — Women’s triple jump (Final)
2:05 pm — Women’s 4x200m relay (Sections on time)
2:15 pm — Men’s 4x200m relay (Sections on time)
2:20 pm — Women’s 800m run (Pentathlon)
2:25 pm — Women’s 400m dash (Sections on time)
2:30 pm — Women’s weight throw (Final)
2:40 pm — Men’s 400m dash (Sections on time)
2:55 pm — Women’s 3,000m run (Sections on time)
3 pm — Men’s pole vault (Final)
3:10 pm — Men’s 3,000m run (Sections on time)
4 pm — Men’s 3,000m run (Sections on time)
4 pm — Men’s triple jump (Final)
4:20 pm — Women’s distance medley relay (Sections on time)
4:30 pm — Women’s weight throw (Final)
4:35 pm — Men’s distance medley relay (Sections on time)
4:50 pm — Women’s 4x400m relay (Sections on time)
5:10 pm — Men’s 4x400m relay (Sections on time)

Okay, yeah. We are finally doing this. So a note to all the sports information folks out there: Post your results online in a timely fashion. And thanks for Dan Grossman of Maple Leaf Photos for the images below.

Male Athlete of the Week
Cornell junior Nick Huber (Leopold, Ind.) broke the school record in the heptathlon at the Cornell Relays, posting 5,370 points along the way. Not surprisingly, Huber scored his biggest bounty in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.27 for 915 points. He had won the Outdoor Heps’ 110-meter hurdles in May in Princeton. Huber also topped 800 points in both the 60-meter dash (7.22) and the 1,000-meter run (2:45.70).

Male Rookies of the Week
Cornell had two superb rookie debuts on Saturday which left Chris Bain (Justin, Texas) and Kinsley Ojukwu (Camas, Wash.) sharing the weekly honor. Bain edged Ojukwu in the finals of the 60-meter dash at the Cornell Relays as both times, 6.79 and 6.80 respectively, moved the duo into the top 10 all-time in Heps history. In fact, only two Ivy Leaguers — Chris Lambert of Harvard (6.73) and Jordan Lester of Cornell (6.75) — have run faster than Bain, who took third at the Texas state championship in the 100 as a junior (10.52w). Ojukwu, who won several state championships as a high schooler, also triple jumped 46-11 3/4 in his collegiate debut.

Female Athletes of the Week
An All-American — Yale senior Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif.) — and a former Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Performer — Brown senior Brynn Smith (Saco, Maine) — share the highest weekly honor. Grace simply destroyed the field in the 1,000-meter run (2:55.53) at the Yale Lidlifter before doubling back to claim her specialty, the 800-meter run, in 2:14.99. Smith took titles in both the shot put (47-4 1/4) and weight throw (57-1 1/2) at the season-opening Alden Invitational at Brown. Those marks position her well for a stellar indoor campaign.

Female Rookies of the Week
A pair of young sprinters — Brown’s Colby Lubman (Commack, N.Y.) and Penn’s Gabrielle Piper (Marietta, Ga.) — share the rookie award after shining in their collegiate debuts. Lubman won the 300-meter dash in 41.16, besting 34 other runners, at the Alden Invitational in Providence. She was also fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.36), far off her Suffolk County record pace (7.17) as a high schooler. Piper, who led Lassiter High to a state title with two medalist performance last spring, took third in both the 60-meter dash (7.83) and hurdles (9.04) at the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa.

Alumni News
Former Brown standout Duriel Hardy won the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association Cross Country Championship on the Indiana University course in Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 13. Representing the University of Michigan, Hardy finished the eight-kilometer trek in 25:24, a full 20 seconds in front of Clemson’s Wallace Campbell. To learn more about NIRCA, please visit its website. To see FloTrack coverage of Hardy’s victory, please click here. Thanks to Madeleine Marecki for sharing this!

By the way, at the Cornell Relays over the weekend, 2008 Cornell grad and former NCAA champion Muhammad Halim set a Barton Hall record and a national record for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the triple jump with a mark of 16.70 meters (54-9 1/2). Wow!

Eagle-eyed Mary Boggs reports that Olympian Kate O’Neill of Yale has gotten hitched to a fellow former All-American (Adam Tenforde of Stanford). The bride, according to the New York Times wedding announcement, is now training for a spot at the 2012 Olympics as a marathoner.

What’s two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson of Dartmouth up to? Let him tell you:

Giving It His All

Posted: 30 September by Brett Hoover in Alumni, Athletes, Dartmouth

As he tries to become only the second U.S. shot putter to compete in four Olympic Games, it is safe to say that Dartmouth graduate Adam Nelson isn’t on an all-encompassing mission.

Don’t think that he isn’t planning to break his own eight-year-old personal best in his specialty — 73-10 1/4 — because he definitely is. But his life is kinda busy right now.

Married and the father of a two-year-old daughter, Nelson was working to establish a yogurt shop in Atlanta (until the deal fell through), attending graduate school at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, coaching the UVa Cavalier throwers and covering high school sports on weekends for the Charlottesville CBS television affiliate.

Jon Hendershott of Track & Field News actually got Nelson to sit down for a few minutes to tell his latest story. Click here for the T&FN piece.