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Day One of NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Proves Successful for Ivies

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Dartmouth senior Alexi Pappas and Cornell junior Genna Hartung qualified for the women's steeplechase finals on day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, while Princeton senior Brian Leung earned second-team All-America honors in the men's 10,000m race.

In his final race as a Tiger, Leung placed 16th in the national final of the 10,000m. He finished with a time of 29:58.45 for his second All-America honor, after receiving the accolade in cross country in 2010 with a 21st-place finish.

The steeplechase finals will take place on Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. Pappas crossed the line in 10:00.38, the fourth-fastest time in the first heat and the fourth-fastest time of the prelims. Hartung placed seventh in the second heat with a time of 10:12.69, the 14th-fastest time of the prelims. The top 14 times from the two heats advanced to the finals.

Cornell senior decathlete Nick Huber, who was seeded as the 13th-highest-scoring athlete entering the day, finished in the top three of three of Wednesday's five events and was no lower than 11th in the other two. His total score of 4,065 points -- a personal record for the first day of a decathlon -- is just 122 points behind the athlete currently in first-place.

The decathlon competition wraps up on Thursday with the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500. The 110 hurdles opens the day at 12:30 p.m. eastern. Kurt Felix of Boise State currently leads the pack with 4,187 points.

Two other Ivies competed on Wednesday. Yale junior Michael Levine placed 22nd in the discus throw with a toss of 169-08 and Columbia sophomore Harry McFann finished in 22nd-place in the 800m with a time of 1:50.91.

The second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship begins on Thursday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m.