Ivy League Sends 70 Athletes to NCAA Men's Outdoor Track & Field East Region Preliminaries
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League will send 70 athletes representing all eight schools to the NCAA Division I 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Championships Regionals, to be held at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., from May 24-26.
The 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Champion Princeton features 17 student-athletes who will compete in the regionals, while Cornell will send 15 and Columbia will send 13. Harvard will have seven athletes competing, followed by Brown (seven), Dartmouth (five), Penn (four) and Yale (four).
Of the 17 events in which the League's student-athletes will be competing, 10 feature an Ivy listed among the top-10 in the East, including three ranked No. 1 in their event.
Princeton senior Donn Cabral ran the fastest steeplechase time ever for an American at any level at 8:19.1, while his teammate Conor McCullough currently holds the top hammer throw mark in the nation at 74.01m. Columbia senior Kyle Merber ran the second-fastest collegiate 1,500m of all time and ranks first in the nation in that event.
The League features a pair of runners who have a good chance to advance in the 5,000m run, as Brown senior Dan Lowry ranks fourth in the East with a time of 13:34.49 and Princeton senior Joe Stilin is fifth with a time of 13:38.36. In the 10,000m, Dartmouth senior and Ivy League cross country champion Ethan Shaw's 29:17.89 is the 11th-fastest time in the region.
Penn 2011 All-American Maalik Reynolds looks to make it two in a row in the high jump; the sophomore ranks fourth in the region with a mark of 2.24m. Cornell sophomore Montez Blair is close behind Reynolds with a jump of 2.22m, seventh-best in the East.
Harvard junior Nico Weiler holds the eighth-best pole vault mark in the region, at 5.38m, and Princeton sophomore Damon McLean holds the same ranking in the triple jump with a leap of 15.88m. Cornell freshman Stephen Mozia is 10th in the shot put (18.81m) and Yale junior Michael Levine's 2012 Ivy League Outdoor Championship discus-winning mark of 53.79m is 24th-best in the East.
After the regionals, the NCAA Championships will take place at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.