Posts Tagged ‘David Nightingale’

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 LetsRun.com 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.”

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If you are digging out of more than a foot of snow in New York or Philadelphia today, you may not even imagine that we are still in the midst of the outdoor running season. And, as always, the Heps Nation is well represented.

At least four former Leaguers will be running in Saturday’s USA Half Marathon Championships, which will be contested as part of the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in Texas. The former Hepsters are Army’s Dan Browne (U.S. Army), Columbia’s Loretta Kilmer (RIADHA), Princeton’s David Nightingale (unattached) and Harvard’s Lindsey Scherf (unattached). [That’s Browne pictured at an Army 10-mile run in D.C.]

Then there are at least eight Hepsters readying to run in the USA Cross Country Championships, schedules for Feb. 5 at Mission Bay Park in San Diego. This race will serve as the trials to determine Team USA for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, which will run in Punta Umbria, Spain, on March 20.

Those we know:

Princeton’s Alexa Glencer (Impala Racing Team); Princeton’s Reilly Kiernan (New York Athletic Club); Cornell’s Max King (Bowerman Athletic Club); Navy’s Aaron Lanzel (U.S. Navy); Penn’s Chris Lundy (Impala Racing Team); Princeton’s Catherine Mullen (New Balance Silicon Valley); Cornell’s Stephanie Pancoast (New Balance Silicon Valley) and Dartmouth’s Jarrod Shoemaker (Saucony).

By the way, those in New York City — battling 19 inches of snow — can still think about cross country, specifically at Van Cortlandt Park, today.

From the desk of HepsTrack Alumni Performance Bureau Chief Mary Boggs:

Seven of the eight Ivy League schools can boast of a top-100 finisher at the USA Track & Field National Club Cross Country Championships in unseasonably cold McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.

On the men’s side, Princeton graduate David Nightingale (unattached) was third overall in 29:40.1, less than five seconds behind winner Aaron Braun. Cornell’s Zach Hine (Hansons-Brooks) was the second Ivy finisher, completing the 10k course in 30:21.9 for 28th place.

Princeton alum Reilly Kiernan (New York Athletic Club) was the first Heps runner to cross the line for the women, as she clocked a 20:09.7 for six kilometers. That was within 20 seconds of the 2010 champion Renee Metivier Baillie.

Just three years ago, Columbia graduate Delilah DiCrescenzo won this event. Rhode Island-based photographer Mike Scott has uploaded galleries from the event on Facebook. Click here to see it. Below are the Ivy top 100s from 2010:

Women
5. Reilly Kiernan (New York AC / Princeton), 20:09.7
32. Stephanie Pancoast (New Balance / Cornell), 20:55.2
54. Alexa Glencer (Impala Racing Team / Princeton), 21:15.2
61. Leah Brogan (New Balance Boston / Penn), 21:22.1
66. Loretta Kilmer (Riadha / Columbia), 21:25.6
90. Kierann Smith (Impala Racing Team / Harvard), 21:52.8
93. Erin Dromgoole (New Balance Boston / Dartmouth), 21:54.8

Men
3. David Nightingale (unattached / Princeton), 29:40.1
28. Zach Hine (Hansons-Brooks / Cornell), 30:21.9
37. Lucas Meyer (Boston Athletic Assoc. / Yale), 30:38.0
46. Michael Maag (New York AC / Princeton), 30:50.1
51. Sage Canaday (Hansons-Brooks / Cornell), 30:54.6
97. Sam Luff (Georgetown Running Club / Cornell), 31:43.2