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Ratcliffe and Dinkins Earn Second-Team All-America Honors

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 06/06/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Senior Russell Dinkins captured his fourth All-America honor of his Princeton career.
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Eugene, Ore. (6/5/13) - Freshman Julia Ratcliffe and senior Russell Dinkins both earned second-team All-America honors as Day 1 of the 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships got underway at Historic Hayward Field on Wednesday, June 4.

Ratcliffe opened the day finishing 11th in the hammer throw, just missing out on the top nine that advanced to the final flight. Ratcliffe fouled on two of her throws and reached 62.25 (204-03) on her second attempt. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the New Zealand native, as she entered the meet with the second best toss in the nation at 68.80 (225-8). She was the top freshman in the event and the first Tiger to earn All-America honors in the women's hammer throw. Chelsea Cassulo, who entered the meet with the top mark, won the national title with a throw of 69.12 (226-09).

Dinkins finished 16th overall in the men's 800 and was fifth in his heat with a time of 1:50.70 to end his individual racing collegiate career. He started off in the lead in what was suppose to be the fastest heat of the 800, but it took a surprising slower start and Dinkins wasn't able to adjust with a 57.02 on the first lap and 53.68 on the final lap. Dinkins had a stellar career at Princeton winning the indoor distance medley relay this year, and was a second-team All-America in the 4x400 in 2011 and was an honorable mention All-America in this same event in 2011 - when he finished 19th at 1:48.26. Princeton's first All-America in the 800 was Ed Burrowes in 1940. Burrowes was the national runner-up clocking a 1:51.5. Other Princeton All-Americas in the 800 include Omar Simmons (1992) and Ryan Smith (2002).

Senior Austin Hollimon battled through health issues to take on the 400-meter hurdles. After suffering with the flu all week, in addition to a lower body injury, Hollimon finished eighth in his heat at 54.82. Hollimon is just the second Tiger to run in the event at the NCAAs, joining Andy Collins from 1996. Like Dinkins, Hollimon was a member of the national champion indoor DMR and the 4x400 that was 12th in 2011. Dinkins and Hollimon make up two legs of the 4x400 that will run tomorrow at 6:40 p.m. (PT).

Another Tiger made an appearance in a slightly different orange jersey. Trevor Van Ackeren '12 competed in the men's steeplechase as he finished out his collegiate eligibility at Texas. Van Ackeren was eighth in his heat at 9:01.72, five places out of qualifying for the final.

Princeton will compete in three events tomorrow. Senior Greta Feldman is up first in the women's 1500 at 4:30 p.m., followed immediately the 4x400 at 6:40 p.m.. Juniors Chris Bendsten and Michael Franklin will run in the final event of the day, the men's 10k at 7:15 p.m.

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