"Division 3 was alight with top marks this weekend, as many of the division's elite made their bids for national qualifying performances.
Many of these impressive times came from Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational, which featured a remarkable 32 provisional and automatic marks in the mid and long distance events. Amherst’s Ben Scheetz, indoor 800 meter champion, provided the best men’s performance on the day with his 1:48.71 automatic qualifier, beating D1 star Erik van Ingen in the process. His time is good for eighth on the all-time D3 lists. In the 1500, Haverford’s Ivo Milic-Strkalj posted a time of 3:50.83, placing him second on this year's performance lists behind teammate Tim Schoch, whose time 3:50.35 did not quite better his previous seasonal best. Close behind, 2010 All-American Brian Cole of Williams cruised to a 3:52.48 provisional mark. Haverford’s success continued in the 5k, when teammates Joseph Carpenter and Anders Hulleberg cruised to 14:25.25 and 14:26.64 provisional marks while Michael Schmidt of Middlebury ran 14:27.15, establishing themselves in second, third, and fourth place on the performance lists. Josephat Koima of Williams also broke into the current top ten with a 14:32.72 performance, and Eric Macknight of Keene State dipped under the provisional standard as well with a time of 14:44.52. In the steeplechase, Middlebury’s Jack Davies ran 9:01.28 to easily hit the automatic standard, while John McGrail of Amherst and teammates Paul Welle and Richard Prevost of MIT all hit the provisional mark, with Welle finishing first among those three in 9:12.93.
The women’s half of the meet was even more spectacular. Wellesley’s Leah Clement led the charge in the 800 with a time of 2:12.16, followed by Juliet Ryan-Davis of Middlebury, Elizabeth Danhakl of Williams, and Cynthia Adams of Lebanon Valley, who ran provisional marks of 2:12.99, 2:14.10, and 2:14.18, respectively. Wellesley had the top D3 performer in the 1500, too, as mile champion Randelle Boots ran to a 4:24.66 automatic qualifier, which is also the sixth fastest performance all-time in D3. Not far behind, Middlebury’s Margo Cramer notched a 4:27.85 auto, and Amherst’s Melissa Sullivan and Middlebury’s Erin Toner added provisional marks of 4:36.56 and 4:37.11, respectively. Middlebury’s women continued to impress in the steeplechase, where Amanda Lee just missed the automatic mark with a 10:44.56. Rowan’s Jenna Peacock also performed well with an 11:00.12 provisional qualifying mark. However, the best D3 field on the day was in the women’s 5k, which saw an astounding ten national marks. Indoor 5k All-American Annie Dear of Williams was the sole automatic qualifier with a 16:49.42 clocking, while teammates Jennifer Gossels and Tina Meade weren’t far behind in 16:57.29 and 17:15.39. The only D3 competitor separating the three was Anna Holt-Gosselin of MIT, whose 16:57.95 performance occupies third on the performance lists, behind both Dear and Gossels. Lebanon Valley’s Jennifer Cronin, Rowan’s Jen Rawls, TCNJ’s Claire Johnson, Keene State’s Amy Knoblock, Middlebury’s Addie Tousley, and Keene State’s Andrea Walsh rounded out the provisional qualifiers, in that order."
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