Track Alums Boylan-Pett, DiCrescenzo, Merber Set To Compete At U.S. Olympic Team Trials
NEW YORK – Former Columbia track standouts Liam Boylan-Pett ’08CC, Delilah DiCrescenzo ’05CC and Kyle Merber ’12CC will look to punch their tickets to London this week when they compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be held June 21-July 1 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. NBC Sports Group will broadcast eight days of the trials, starting with 12 hours of live coverage on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. (ET) on NBC Sports Network. Four nights of competition will be in primetime on NBC. NBC's Olympic track and field broadcast team of Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Tim Hutchings, Dwight Stones and Lewis Johnson will report from Eugene, Ore. NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) can be found on the following channels:
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Liam Boylan-Pett '08CC
Boylan-Pett, who currently runs for New Jersey-New York Track Club, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials with a 1,500m time of 3:37.05 he clocked at the Swarthmore College Last Chance Meet on May 14. Boylan-Pett also provisionally qualified to compete in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:46.66 he ran in West Chester, Pa., on June 9. Both times are career bests. He has enjoyed a strong 2012, setting new personal bests in the outdoor 800m and 1,500m and the indoor 1,000m (2:19.93). He also tied his personal record in the indoor mile (3:59.40).
Boylan-Pett was a four-time Columbia team captain from 2004-08 and a three-time Ivy League champion, winning the indoor mile in 2007 and 2008 and the outdoor 1,500m in 2008. After graduating from Columbia College in 2008, he ran one season as a graduate student at Georgetown where he was an All-American and a BIG EAST and IC4A champion in the 1,500m.
Delilah DiCrescenzo '05CC
DiCrescenzo runs for Puma and New Jersey-New York Track Club. She qualified for the U.S. Trials in the 3,000m steeplechase after she clocked a career-best time of 9:43.28 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on April 29. DiCrescenzo is enjoying a terrific 2012, setting new personal marks in the outdoor 1,500m (4:11.70), mile (4:32.11) and 3,000m (8:52.43) as well as the indoor mile (4:39.35) and two-mile race (9:53.02).
DiCrescenzo was one of the most dominant distance runners in Columbia history from 2001-05. She a team captain for the women’s cross country team during one of the most impressive four-year stretches in program history. DiCrescenzo helped lead the squad to Ivy League Championship titles from 2001-04 and the team qualified for the NCAA National Championships in each of those years. She thrived as a steeplechaser, winning the Ivy League Championship title from 2003-05. She competed in at the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase in 2004 and 2005, earning All-American honors for her ninth-place showing as a senior.
Since her Columbia career, DiCrescenzo has continued to compete at an elite level. In 2008, she advanced to the finals of the 3,000m steeple chase at the U.S Olympic Team Trials just missed out on a chance to represent her country in Beijing. DiCrescenzo has represented the U.S. at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the 2010 NACAC Cross Country Championships, where she won the women’s 6k race.
Kyle Merber '12CC
Merber qualified for the U.S. Trials in the 1,500m after setting a new American collegiate record in the 1,500m at the Swarthmore College Last Chance Meet on May 14, clocking a time of 3:35.59. That time was the second-fastest collegiate time ever and the second-fastest U.S. time this year.
Merber enjoyed an outstanding Columbia career from 2008-12 that was capped off by a sensational senior campaign. He was a part of 10 Ivy League titles and owns three Ivy League records. He was recently named the USTFCCCA 2012 Northeast Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the U.S. team for the NACAC U-23 Championships.
Merber competed in the men’s 1,500m at the 2012 NCAA Championships earlier this month and earned USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. He was a 2012 Ivy League champion in the 1,500m, 4x800m relay, indoor mile and indoor distance medley relay. In the fall of 2011, Merber had a strong cross country season, leading the Columbia men to their first-ever team appearance at the NCAA Championships. He also took second place in the unbelievable snow at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships.
Below is a the U.S. 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials schedule: