Monday, March 03, 2014

Familiar Faces

Spotted a couple of faces that should be familiar to Ivy League football fans at yesterday's Heptagonal Track Championships at Leverone Field House.

Beaming after his daughter Ashley finished second in the 60 meters in a blistering 7.49 was NBC football announcer and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth. Ashley Collinsworth is a junior at Harvard and her time is the second-fastest in school history, behind only teammate Danielle Barbian, who broke the school record with a 7.44.

There was a nice story headlined Like Father, Like Daughter about the Collinsworths in the Harvard Crimson a couple of years ago.

The smiling Cris Collinsworth used an iPad to shoot video while the Harvard sprinters were being presented their medals on the awards podium.

Also in Leverone over the weekend was Ray Tellier, the former Columbia football coach and now an associate athletic director at the school. Tellier, who is second in Columbia history for wins, was the Division I-AA national coach of the year in 1996 when he helped the Lions go 8-2. He also spent a year as an assistant at Dartmouth.

Here's senior Abbey D'Agostino's last lap while winning the mile yesterday at Leverone. (You can expand the picture to fill your screen and get an idea about her lead, but unfortunately Blogger reduces the quality of the video, probably to make it load faster.) D'Agostino added to her already overflowing list of accomplishments with another Most Outstanding Performer award as she helped the Dartmouth women to a second-place finish behind Harvard. D'Agostino also won the 5,000 and ran a leg on the victorious 4x800 relay.

Overshadowed by D'Agostino but also worthy of Most Outstanding Performer honors was fellow Dartmouth senior Janae Dunchack '14, who won the pentathlon for the fourth consecutive year. She's just the second woman to win the demanding event all four years. She also contributed a second in the long jump.
It doesn't feel much like spring right now but the Penn Quakers kicked off "spring" football practice last night. While Southeastern Pennsylvania got pounded by snow – again – the Ivy League's southernmost school was practicing inside its bubble. Check out the picture. There's also a look at the bubble on this video interview with coach Al Bagnoli.

Dartmouth has the first of its Ivy League-mandated 12 practices on April 8.