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NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Regional Preview

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- All told, 135 Ivy League track and field athletes representing all 16 men's and women's teams will be in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Regional, hosted by North Florida.

The top 48 declared athletes in individual events and the top 24 declared relay teams were included in the East Regional. The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 11-14. Last year, 32 Ivies advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Brown
Of the seven bids on the women's side, five come from the field athletes. Senior Victoria Buhr and sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor will compete against each other in the discus, while freshman Ellie Gravitte and senior Holleigh Bergstrom will do the same in the javelin. For the men, senior Evan Weinstock earned a direct bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as the decathlon is not competed at regionals. Four other Bears hope to join Weinstock at NCAAs, including junior Courtland Clavette, who ranks 14th in the discus.

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Columbia
The women will be led by junior Waverly Neer, who will run in the 5K at regionals for the second-straight season. Last year, Neer advanced to NCAAs and earned second-team All-America. She holds the fourth-best 5K time in the country so far this season. Senior Marvellous Iheukwumere earned her first career regionals berth in the 100m after competing twice in the 200m. In the field, junior Nadia Eke punched a ticket to her third-straight regionals and hopes to return to the Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2012. For the men, senior Harry McFann will run in the NCAA regionals 800m race for the third-consecutive year. He hopes to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season. In the field, senior Duncan Dickerson earned a berth to regionals thanks to his Columbia-record hammer throw of 62.75m at the ECAC/IC4A Championships.

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Cornell
Senior Rachel Sorna is the top seed in the steeplechase and hopes to make her second-straight trip to NCAAs. She will also run in the 5K, where she is seeded eighth. Nine other Big Red runners will make the trip to Jacksonville, including the 4x400m relay team. The men, who won the 2014 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor championship, lead the way with 13 individuals and two relay teams. Sophomore Max Hairston will run in both the 110mH and 400mH and junior Stephen Mozia will compete in both the shot put and discus. Senior Montez Blair is the third seed in the high jump.

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Dartmouth
The women are led by senior Abbey D'Agostino, who is seeded second in the 5K and is working towards a three-peat in the event. The Big Green has a chance to send two to nationals in the 5K, as sophomore Dana Giordano is the seventh seed. Seven other Big Green athletes will be competing in Jacksonville. The men also have two competing in the 5K in senior John Bleday and sophomore Curtis King, while senior Henry Sterling is the highest-seeded Big Green, coming in at No. 24 in the steeplechase.

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Harvard
A record number of Crimson is heading to regionals, as 16 women and 12 men are making the trip. For the women, five athletes are seeded among the top-20, including freshman Jade Miller, who is eighth in the 400mH, just ahead of sophomore Autumne Franklin (14th). Franklin will also run in the 100mH. In the field, freshman Nikki Okwelogu will take part in both the shot put and discus. The men have three ranked among the top-10 in their events, including senior James Leakos (second in the 5K), freshman Elliot Safo (ninth in the long jump) and junior Jarvis Harris (10th in the 110mH). Junior Igor Liokumovich qualified for both the shot put and discus.

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Penn
The Quakers are also sending a record number to regionals, as 14 (three women, 11 men) are heading to Jacksonville. The women are led by sophomore Kelsey Hay, who is seeded 16th in the javelin. For the men, sophomore Thomas Awad is seeded second in the 1,500m and sixth in the 5K, while senior Maalik Reynolds is the second-seed in his signature event, the high jump. Sophomore Sam Mattis is seeded fifth in the discus.

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Princeton
On the women's side, the Tigers are led by sophomore Julia Ratcliffe. The Ivy League hammer throw record holder is seeded first in the event and looks to return to the NCAAs for the second-straight season. On the track, freshman Megan Curham is the 10th seed in the 10K and fellow classmate Elizabeth Bird is seeded 15th in the steeplechase. The men hold the top two spots nationally in the 10K with seniors Chris Bendtsen and Tyler Udland. Princeton could have three advance to the NCAAs in that event, as senior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin is seeded 19th. Bendtsen also will run in the 5K, where he is seeded 20th. Senior Tom Hopkins will compete in the 400m and long jump and fellow classmate Damon McLean is the sixth seed in the triple jump.

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Yale
The women are sending a pair of distance runners in junior Kira Garry and sophomore Emily Stark. Garry set a school record in the steeplechase en route to clinching a berth to regionals, while Stark will take part in the 10K. For the men, sophomore Kevin Dooney (10K), senior James Shirvell (1,500m) and sophomore Duncan Tomlin (steeplechase) will all be competing in Jacksonville this weekend. Dooney is seeded ninth in his event, while Shirvell is 24th in his.

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