Ivies Head South for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Region Preliminaries
PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy League teams will be represented at the NCAA Division I 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Championships East Regionals, to be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., from May 24-26.
All told, 53 Ivies will compete in 15 events at UNF's Hodges Stadium. Cornell, which won the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Championships, leads the way with 13 athletes, while Columbia, the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Champion, has eight. Princeton follows with seven and Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale each will send five.
The Ivy League features 11 athletes who posted marks in the top-20 in the East, including four who rank among the top 10 in their event.
Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino holds the best time in the East in the 5,000m run, clocking in at 15:23.35, the all-time Ivy League record. Brown sophomore Heidi Caldwell holds the eighth-best 5,000m time in the regional, at 16:06.00.
D'Agostino's teammate, senior Alexi Pappas, ranks third in the East in the steeplechase with a time of 9:58.07, the third-best mark all-time in League history. Pappas won the 2012 Ivy League steeplechase title with a time of 9:58.80.
The League also boasts a pair of 10,000m runners who have a chance to advance to the Championships. Cornell junior Katie Keller holds the top time (32:58.73) in the region, while Columbia junior Emily Lanois ranks 11th in the East (33:53.06).
Big Red senior Molly Glantz ranks 19th in the regional in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.94, while Lions freshman Nadia Eke is 20th in the triple jump with a leap of 12.81m. Yale sophomore Niina Al-Hassan holds the 15th-best javelin throw in the East (47.20m).
Princeton junior Tory Worthen will compete in the NCAA Regionals for the third-consecutive year, thanks to the 3.91m she cleared at the Outdoor Championships. For the second-straight season, Penn senior Victoria Strickland will run the 800m in the NCAA Regionals. She will be joined in the event by Harvard freshman Erika Veidis.
After the regionals, the NCAA Championships will take place at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.