NCAA Champions! Distance Medley Relay Wins!
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (3/8/13) - The Princeton men's distance medley relay is the 2013 NCAA Champions!
Senior Peter Callahan was like a slingshot as he left the competition in the dust as the bell sounded for the final lap helping to bring home Princeton's first indoor national title since 2002 and first on the track since 1975.
Junior Michael Williams led off in the 1200 meters and gradually moved his way up into sixth place. Williams has a great relay resume with two Penn Relay Championship of America wins under his belt in the 4xMile and DMR from last spring. He clocked a 2:56.55 in the 1200.
On the 400 leg, it was senior Austin Hollimon. Hollimon, who competed in the US Olympic trials in the 400m hurdles this past summer, rounded the track and moved up one place to fifth with the fastest 400 leg off the 12 teams at 46.35.
Hollimon passed off to senior Russell Dinkins for the 800. Dinkins, a two-time All-America outdoors, inched up into fourth place. With two laps left in the 800, Penn State started to gap but Dinkins remained in the front pack. With one lap remaining Dinkins turned on the heat and started closing in on Penn State and handed off to Callahan with the Tigers in third place. Dinkins time was the second fastest in the 800 at 1:48.92.
An All-America and sub-4-minute-miler Callahan has been a hidden gem for the Tigers. After a big indoor season last year, Callahan did not compete outdoors, this fall in cross country and most of the indoor season as he recovered from an injury. There was no affect of that injury has he took the baton and settled into third place and looking comfortable on the inside.
The teams were still all bunched together but it was Penn State, Minnesota and Princeton at the front. Eight hundred meters in and Callahan was still on the inside, not ready to make his move yet and sitting in fourth place. With three laps remaining Arkansas Kemoy Campbell nudged Callahan and Callahan nudged back. Villanova started to make a move past both teams on the outside but tripped and Arkansas lost the baton. Callahan with 1.5 laps remaining the pace picked up and as the bell sounded Callahan dropped the hammer, running a 4:01.11 his leg.
Princeton won the race at 9:33.01. Penn State was the runner-up at 9:34.00 and Minnesota was third at 9:34.21.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (3/9/13) - Junior Damon McLean finished 14th in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas on Saturday, March 9. It marked Princeton's final event of the indoor season.
McLean finished eighth in his flight with a jump of 15.44m (50-8) which came on his first attempt. He reached 15.26 on his second and 14.99 on his third attempt.
This was his first time competing in the national indoor championship. McLean was eighth at the 2012 outdoor championship with a PR of 16.03.
McLean won Heps titles in both the triple and long jump and was named the co-Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet.