Recent Princeton graduate Donn Cabral ’12 is greedy.
Looking at his resume, you would think that he would be happy with what he has done. He is a three-time Ivy League champion in the outdoor 10,000m and steeplechase, a two-time League title winner in the indoor 5,000m and the 2011 champion in the indoor 3,000m, a five-time outdoor All-American and 2012 All-American in the indoor 5,000m.
But that’s not all. Not only did Cabral earn Ivy League Heptagonal Most Outstanding Performer at both the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2011, he is also an accomplished cross country runner, running in two NCAA Championships, earning two All-American and three first-team All-Ivy honors, winning the Ivy League cross country individual title in 2010, receiving United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region accolades in 2010, ’11 and ’12 and being named Regional Athlete of the Year in 2011.
But apparently, none of that was enough. No, Cabral had to go and earn a berth to the 2012 London Olympics by placing second in the US Olympic trials.
Cabral is the first Princeton track athlete to qualify for the Olympics since Tora Harris competed in the high jump in Athens in 2004. For male distance runners, Cabral is the first Tigers male distance runner to earn an Olympic berth since John Eisele won Silver in the three-mile and Bronze in the steeplechase at the 1908 Games, which were also held in London.
Cabral hopes to become the first Ivy League runner to win a medal since Frank Shorter (Yale) earned Silver in the 1976 Montreal Games, and the first Ivy League Gold medal winner since Shorter won the marathon in 1972 in Munich. Cabral would be just the third Ivy League steeplechase medalist, joining Penn’s George Orton (Gold in 1900) and Eisele.
The steeplechase prelims take place on Friday, Aug. 3 at 8:00 a.m., with the finals starting on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
Cabral is hoping that his performance in London will prove Gordon Gekko correct: “greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”