June 11, 2010

Kinsley Takes NCAA Title, Four Others in Finals


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EUGENE, Ore. — It took 58 years for Gilbert Borjeson to relinquish the title as the last Brown Bear to win a national title in track and field as Bear junior javelin thrower Craig Kinsley unleashed a best of 250-3 at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.

The throw was not just the best toss of Kinsley’s career, it was the second-longest throw in Ivy history (using the new implement that began in the 1980s). Only Penn’s Brian Chaput, also an NCAA Champion, has thrown better (260-10).

His huge toss came in the fifth round of competition.

Princeton’s Donn Cabral has continued his burst onto the national scene, this time running the fastest semifinal time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:42.84). He had passed Iowa State’s Hillary Bor on the final lap to earn the top qualifying spot in the final.

He wasn’t the only Princeton steeplechaser to qualify for the final as junior Ashley Higginson advanced by running 10:02.83 in the semifinal. Cabral will vie for the national crown on Friday and Higginson on Sunday.

Two other Ivy Leaguers have qualified for the national finals — Yale junior Kate Grace in the 800-meter run (2:05.32) and Columbia sophomore Kyle Merber in the 1,500-meter run (3:45.91). Grace will battle it out for the title on Friday and Merber on Saturday.

Columbia sophomore Sharay Hale missed qualifying for the 400-meter dash final by just .04 seconds, running a 53.34 in the semifinals.