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NAMPA, Idaho -- Penn sophomore Maalik Reynolds was named first-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to lead 10 Ivy League athletes in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which took place Saturday at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
On the women's side, a pair of Ivy runners competed in the 3,000m, as Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino came in eighth-place with a time of 9:18.54 to earn her team a point. She was followed by Columbia freshman Waverly Neer, who crossed the line in 9:33.32 to place 15th.
D'Agostino also helped the Big Green distance medley team of seniors Alexi Pappas and Christina Supino and sophomore Megan Krumpoch place third out of 13 teams to bring in six team points for Dartmouth. D'Agostino ran the final leg as the team recorded a time of 11:06.53, just over one second behind the first-place team from Washington.
On the men's side, Reynolds earned All-American status for the second time in his career. Reynolds' high jump mark of 7-2 ½ put him in eighth-place in the NCAAs. He also earned All-American status at the 2011 Outdoor Championships but was unable to compete in the 2011 Indoor Championships due to illness.
Cornell sophomore Montez Blair finished just behind Reynolds, placing ninth with a leap of 7-0 ½. Big Red freshman Stephen Mozia also competed in the prestigious event and came in 16th-place in the shot put with a throw of 56-11 ¼.
On the track, a pair of Princeton runners performed well, as junior Peter Callahan and senior Donn Cabral placed sixth in the mile and eighth in the 5,000m, respectively.
Callahan finished with a time of 4:02.66, exactly one second behind the national champion, to earn three points in his first NCAA championship. Cabral ran the 5,000m in 13:53.14 to place eighth. It marked the third time Cabral ran the 5,000m in the NCAA championships and the third time he earned points for the Tigers.
The duo becomes the program's third pair to finish in the top 10 in their respective events at the NCAA indoor championship in the same season. They join Alex Pessala (weight) & Justin Frick (high jump) from 2009 and Torra Harris (first) and Josh McCaughey (ninth) from 2002.
All the athletes will now get ready for the outdoor track & field season, which will begin later this month.