Men's Outdoor Track - March Recap
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The month of March was good to the Ivy League men's track & field teams with numerous quality early-season marks. As the season moves into April, 14 Ivy individuals currently hold time and marks among the nation's top 25 while Princeton ranks No. 25 in the first regular-season USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings, released April 5. Additionally, performances across eight schools have led to a No. 9 conference ranking by the USTFCCA.
Nine of the 14 top 25 rankings belong to the Tigers, led by senior Mark Amirault who's 13:45.69 5,000m time on March 25 at the Stanford Invitational currently leads all NCAA Division I athletes. Princeton has three additional athletes in the 5,000m top 25 including junior Donn Cabral (3rd, 13:46.50), freshman Chris Bendtsen (21st, 14:04.83) and senior Kyle Soloff (23rd, 14:06.89).
Tiger junior Brian Leung is ranked 10th in the 10,000m following a 29:09.94 finish at the Stanford Invitational. Cabral is ranked third in the 3,000m steeplechase (8:54.55) while classmate Trevor Van Ackeren is 15th in the event (9:01.47). Both runner set their top marks on April 1 at the Princeton Sam Howell Friday Night Races.
Princeton also boasts a pair of throwers currently ranked among the nation's best in junior David Slovenski and senior Craig Pearce. Slovenski, the 2011 Ivy League indoor champion in the pole vault holds the nation's third best outdoor mark (17-4.5/5.3m), set on March 18 at the USF Bulls Invitational. Pearce, meanwhile, is No. 13 in the hammer throw (209-10/63.97m), a toss he achieved April 2 at the Sam Howell Invitational.
For the Harvard Crimson, senior Dan Chenoweth is currently ranked No. 11 in the 5,000m after achieving a 13:57.61 time at the Colonial Relays on March 31. Classmate Brian Hill raced to a 1:49.96 time in the 800m at the Colonial Relays, good for the 19th fastest time in the nation.
Penn freshman Maalik Reynolds lept 7-3.75/2.23m at the Penn Invitational on April 2, placing him in a tie for the nation's second highest mark. Reynolds achieved an indoor season best of 7-3 and won the 2011 Ivy League indoor title with a leap of 7-1.
Cornell senior Nate Edelman is currently ranked No. 16 in the 10,000m after racing to a 29:20.31 finish at the Stanford Invitational. Rounding out the top Ivy marks in the early goings of the 2011 season is Brown freshman Nick Keeling. The rookie's 222-0/67.66m javelin toss on April 2 at the Bryan University Track & Field Invitational is currently the 24th best mark among NCAA Division I athletes.