McLean Wins Jamaican Nationals; Cabral Third at USAs
PRINCETON, N.J. (6/29/14) - With four former and current Princeton men’s track & field athletes competing at the USA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., one was in Kingston, Jamaica, winning a national title.
Damon McLean ’13 jumped a school record 16.15 to win the triple jump at the Jamaican nationals. The next best jumper reached 16.04. A three-time All-America in the triple, McLean’s previous PR was 16.11 jumped at the Quad Meet this past season. He was 12th at the NCAA Championships just two weeks ago.
At the USA Track & Field Championships, Donn Cabral ’12 was third in the steeplechase finals and less than a second off of his personal best. Cabral ran 8:20.04 in the final to make the coveted top three in the national met, and 0.17 seconds off his PR of 8:19.81 run in 2012.
It was noted by the announcers that Cabral’s 2013 season was hindered by his battle with Lyme Disease, as he placed sixth at this meet last year. In 2012 he was the runner-up and made the Olympic team going on to finish eighth in the 2012 London Olympics.
The group started to stretch out single file as the race began and then a top group of five broke out after five laps, with Cabral in that top group. That pack became four one lap later with Cabral in fourth place. On the bell lap, Cabral pushed past Nike teammate Cory Leslie on the back stretch and remained there, pushing Dan Huling for second place down the final stretch but couldn’t reach it, as Evan Jager was first at 8:18.83, Huling second at 8:19.73 and Cabral third at 8:20.04.
Cabral reached the finals by running third in the prelims at 8:34.77. Also competing in the prelims was Eddie Owens ’15 who ran 9:10.56 to finish nine in heat 1 and 17th overall.
(note: Worlds are held every two years, Olympics every four, therefore there is no meet this year).
Joe Stilin ’12 was 11th in the final of the men’s 5000. He ran 13:48.05. Stilin was in 13th after 2200 meters and started to move his way up taking eighth one lap later. After 3000 meters he was fifth and then was third at 3400 meters with a 9:25.93 pace. With 800 meters to go, Stilin started to drop back falling from fourth to 10th and ultimately placed 11th.
Chris Bendtsen ’14 took 14th in the men’s 10k, just a couple weeks after he finished ninth at the NCAA Championship. He finished with a 30:05.18 and ran the race at either 14 or 15 with his fastest two laps, on 3 & 4 at 1:10.18 and 1:10.36.
Another big effort came from across the pond. William Paulson '17 took second in the men's 1500 final at the British Athletics Championships. He ran 3:48.16 and took the last quarter mile in 54 seconds. Paulson reached the final with a 3:45.40 in the prelims.