Higginson Runs A Standard; Misses Olympic Team by 1 Place
Ashley Higginson '11 missed making the Olympic team by just one place as she finished fourth with the Olympic A standard, running a personal best 9:38.06 in the steeplechase on Day 7 of the US Track & Field trials.
She ran most of the race between third and fifth place. With one lap remaining she was fifth and then pushed ahead into fourth with 200 meters left but couldn't catch up to Bridget Frankel and Shalaya Kipp who were neck and neck for second and third and finished at 9:35.62 and 9:35.73. Emma Coburn won the race at 9:32.78.
During the second lap the announcers took notice of Higginson in fourth place and launched into a sound bite on Princeton and it's presense in the steeplechase, with Cabral qualifying for the Olympic Team the previous night. They noted that there are two Princeton graduates in this race, with Carrie Dimoff '06 as well. Dimoff finished sixth in the race at 9:45.01, missing the A standard of 9:43, but just two seconds.
Greta Feldman '13 had her Olympic trial run come to an end on Friday in the semifinals of the 1500. Feldman, who finished fifth at the NCAA Championship, ran a PR of 4:12.29, shaving 0.42 seconds off her previous best of 4:12.73 that she ran in the NCAA semifinals that would also qualify her for this trials. She finished 18th overall in the semifinals. Feldman has run under 4:15 in each of her last five times out. She'll return for her senior year at Princeton in September.
Earlier in the day Donn Cabral '12 helped the US team debut the 2012 team uniforms at Haywood Field today. If you've not already done so, check out this interview with Cabral post-race, where he gives big props to Princeton.