The track & field season continues for more than 100 members of the Heps Nation at the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., next weekend (May 28-30).
UPDATE: Once again, Heps averages more entries per school heading to NCAA prelims than any of the nation’s non-BCS conferences. With 14.6 qualifiers per schools, Heps is behind only the SEC (34.3), the PAC-12 (32.8), the Big XII (28.2), the Big 10 (26.6) and the ACC (21.6). Following Heps are the Mountain West (14.0), the American (13.2), the Missouri Valley (13.1) and the Mid-American (11.1).
A quick run of the numbers shows that Princeton will send more athletes (22) to Jacksonville than any other Ivy school. Cornell is second with 19 individuals and a relay team. The Tigers have an athlete — decathlete Stephen Soerens — who has already advanced to nationals.
The championship teams from Outdoor Heps are sending more folks South than the others. The Harvard women have 11 individuals and a relay while the Princeton men have 14 plus Soerens.
There are 11 Ivy athletes seeded in the top 10, including Cornell’s Stephen Mozia in two events (shot and discus). Penn junior Thomas Awad is the only top seed from the League (with a 13:33.29 in the 5k) while last year’s NCAA hammer champ — Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton — will enter as the No. 2 seed.
The other top 10s include Harvard shot putter Nikki Okwelogu (third), Cornell 10k runner Caroline Kellner (fourth), Princeton pole vaulter Adam Bragg (fourth), Penn discus thrower Sam Mattis (fourth), Columbia triple jumper Nadia Eke (fifth), Harvard 400m hurdler Jade Miller (sixth), Brown discus thrower Josie Natrasevschi (seventh) and Dartmouth 5k runner Dana Giordano (eighth).
The full list of declared athletes from Heps Nation are after the jump: