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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).

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What do you get when you have one of the highest rates of population density and a neighboring metropolis with oodles of employment opportunities? How about traffic snarls, even at times that don’t make sense. For those who don’t live there, that is the story of Connecticut. But many in New Haven are breaking free of the cars that bind them and resorting to pedal power, making it one of the top bicycling cities on the East Coast.

Of course, Nutmeggers have been showing athletic prowess for a long time, but it might be a surprise that when it came to scoring points at Outdoor NCAAs, none of the Ivy states fared as well as Connecticut. Fairfield’s Craig Kinsley of Brown won the national championship in the javelin throw while Glastonbury’s Donn Cabral was second in the steeplechase and sixth in the 5,000 for Princeton. This fall Columbia sophomore Caroline McDonough, a Darien native, missed All-America status in cross country by less than a half-second.

Getting to know Connecticut a bit more:

The Nutmeg State might be the only state with an official state hero and heroine. The hero — Nathan Hale — is probably someone with whom you are familiar. The former Yalie famously uttered, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” before being hanged by the British. But the state heroine, Prudence Crandall, deserves more attention. She started a private school in Canterbury, Conn., in 1831 and raised a stir by admitting an African-American student. Instead of giving in to the backlash, she instead transformed it into Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.

The 36 Ivies from Connecticut:

Branford (Branford) — Matthew Casey (Columbia ’12)
Brookfield (Brookfield) — Lauren Tanz (Cornell ’11)
Cheshire (Cheshire) — Irene Kalbian (Columbia ’13)
Darien (Darien) — Caroline McDonough (Columbia ’13)
Darien (Darien) — James Wyper (Yale ’11)
Fairfield (Fairfield Prep) — Craig Kinsley (Brown ’11)
Gales Ferry (Ledyard) — Andrew Esposito (Yale ’12)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Donn Cabral (Princeton ’12)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Robert Dugger (Penn ’11)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Jamie Olson (Harvard ’11)
Greenwich (Greenwich) — Maggie McKeever (Princeton ’13)
Greenwich (Horace Mann) — Kisho Watanabe (Yale ’12)
Guilford (Hopkins) — Max Walden (Yale ’11)
Hartford (Conard) — Sophia Harrington (Columbia ’14)
Monroe (Masuk) — Erika Mansson (Yale ’12)
Monroe (Masuk) — Amanda Snajder (Yale ’14)
Mystic (Robert E. Fitch) — James Shirvell (Yale ’14)
Naugatuck (Naugatuck) — Andrew Corridore (Cornell ’11)
Norwich (Norwich Free Academy) — Sarah Eagan (Columbia ’14)
Orange (Amity Regional) — Ryan Laemel (Yale ’14)
Storrs (E.O. Smith) — Ben Nollet (Dartmouth ’14)
Unionville (Farmington) — Jared Sawyer (Harvard ’14)
Vernon (East Catholic) — Brendin Beaulieu-Jones (Dartmouth ’13)
Waterford (Waterford) — Nathan Molina (Yale ’13)
Watertown (The Taft School) — Kristen Proe (Yale ’14)
West Simsbury (Simsbury) — Meaghan Werle (Cornell ’14)
Weston (Weston) — Steve Piscatelli (Penn ’14)
Westport (Staples) — Paul Chandler (Yale ’14)
Wethersfield (Choate) — Caroline Bazinet (Princeton ’14)
Wilton (Wilton) — Chris Collins (Brown ’11)
Wilton (Wilton) — Cara Costich (Cornell ’13)
Wilton (Wilton) — Phoebe Gaston (Yale ’13)
Wolcott (Wolcott) — Chris Bendtsen (Princeton ’14)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — John Cocco (Yale ’14)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — Annelies Gamble (Yale ’13)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — Adam Trofa (Cornell ’13)

Talking With The Champion

Posted: 14 September by Brett Hoover in Athletes, Brown
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Heps’ latest NCAA Champion — Brown javelin thrower Craig Kinsley — was recently interviewed by Mike Cardillo of his hometown paper, the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate. Click here for the interview.

Among the things that were revealed was how Kinsley concluded his summer after winning the NCAA crown and taking third at the U.S. Nationals with a huge heave of 256-3. Kinsley then joined up with a geological field survey from Indiana University in the wilderness of Montana.

The first NCAA Outdoor champion at Brown in more than a half century, Kinsley also offered insight to his hopes for the future. “I’d definitely like to be part of Team USA,” he told Cardillo. “I’d love to go to the Olympics. I’d love to make a living out of throwing javelin for a while, if I can.”

To see a video interview of Kinsley after his NCAA title, check out this RunnerSpace interview.

And Now… The Men

Posted: 29 July by Brett Hoover in Announcement, Athletes, Brown, Cornell
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Yesterday the U.S. College Track Coaches (USTFCCCA) named 27 Ivy women to its All-Academic team. Today that group added 26 Ivy men to the list, led by NCAA Champion javelin thrower Craig Kinsley of Brown and former Heps Athlete of the Meet Duane Teixeira, a horizontal jumper from Cornell.

Here’s the group:

Mark Amirault, Princeton
Peter Callahan, Princeton
Bob Belden, Cornell
Matthew Bogdan, Yale
Adrien Dannemiller, Cornell
Eric DePalo, Yale
Mike Eddy, Princeton
Chas Gillespie, Harvard
Duriel Hardy, Brown
William Harris, Yale
Brian Hill, Harvard
Nick Huber, Cornell
David Irving, Dartmouth
Brett Kelly, Cornell
Craig Kinsley, Brown
Chris Labosky, Yale
Ted Lesher, Dartmouth
Michael Levine, Yale
Alex Lippai, Dartmouth
Jordan Maddocks, Brown
Phil Royer, Dartmouth
Duane Teixeira, Cornell
Trevor Van Ackeren, Princeton
Elliot Welder, Princeton
Chris Zablocki, Dartmouth
Richard Zamora, Cornell

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.