Posts Tagged ‘Lindsey Scherf’

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.”

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.

The Bay Area Track Club held its first Bay Area Cross Country Challenge on Sunday in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and both genders had a Hepster among the top five.

Former Cornell steeplechaser Max King finished third in 23:12, the same time as the winner and runner-up. That’s King in white crossing the line behind Ben Bruce and Kevin Chelimo.

Former Princeton Tiger Reilly Kiernan was fifth among the women, finishing in 19:49. That was 30 seconds behind winner Molly Huddle.

Five other Ivy women finished among the top 25 — Princeton’s Alexa Glencer (10th), Harvard’s Lindsey Scherf (14th), Cornell’s Stephanie Pancoast (15th) and Princeton’s Catha (16th) and Caroline Mullen (23rd).

We have certainly covered the realm of alumni news here at, but we finally have a name for it. So for the first time in any organized fashion, we bring you Wandering Ivies. And if you have Wandering Ivies’ news to pass along, click right here and help out the cause.

First up, if you thought cross country season was over, you need to take another look because the Bay Area Track Club has announced the inaugural Bay Area Cross Challenge, which will run on Sunday, January 16, at the Polo Fields of Golden Gate Park in wonderfully hilly San Francisco. We have heard of at least three former Ivy Leaguers who are set to compete — including former Cornellian and Olympic Trails qualifier in the steeplechase, Max King. He is a three-time member of the World Cross Country Championship team. Also slated to run are former Harvard Crimson and American Junior recordholder in the 10k Lindsey Scherf, and 2010 Pacific Association Cross Country champion Stephanie Pancoast (Cornell) and runnerup Catha Mullen (Princeton).

Next in the news is 1997 Penn graduate Adria Sheth (nee Ferguson), who along with her husband Brian recently gave a seven-figure gift to endow the Quaker women’s track and field position in the name of Betty J. Costanza, who was her college coach. The gift represents a milestone as first Penn women’s varsity coaching position being endowed in a woman’s name. It is also only the second time a seven-figure gift has been given by a female athlete alumna. has tracked down Mrs. Sheth and will publish an interview about her experience at Penn and her motivation to secure her program’s future.

And then another Penn graduate, Riva Johnson (nee Gensib) finished 32nd at the JFK 50 Mile, an ultra-event south to the south of the Maryland-Pennsylvania border in November. What makes that incredibly impressive is that Johnson is 48 years old and a 1982 Heps champion in the 5k. She completed the 50-mile trek in just over seven hours. This coming June she is registered for the Western States 100 in California. And yes, that 100 represents miles. Click here for a full story on Johnson’s exploits from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And Cornell’s Sarah Spain, who once painted racing stripes on her legs for Indoor Heps, is reconnecting with her inner athlete on ESPNW. Check that out here.

That’s it for the first edition of Wandering Ivies. Stay tuned for more (and the interview with Adria Sheth).