Can It Get To 100?


As records have been falling left and right as of late, HepsTrack’s Mary Boggs went in search of the oldest school records the League has to offer.

And the oldest record is about to turn… wait for it… 90 years old! At the prestigious Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge meet on July 23, 1921, the Crimson’s Ned Gourdin became the first human anywhere to long jump 25 feet, settling into the sand about three inches beyond that barrier.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the four oldest Heps school records come from some of history’s most notable athletes. In the mix are two Olympic gold medalists (Bill Carr of Penn & Charlie Moore of Cornell), a silver medalist (Gourdin) and a former world record holder (Ben Johnson of Columbia).

On the women’s side, the oldest indoor and outdoor records have both moved into their thirties and both came from Brown distance star Anne Sullivan. Her oldest mark is an Outdoor 10k time of 34:41.3 established on May 19, 1979. That wasn’t set at Heps, which didn’t feature a 10k and was contested in April at the time.

The oldest Heps championship record? The Cornell foursome of Adley Raboy, Carl Francis, Jimmy Lofton and Neal Hall, who ran 40.28 in the 4×100-meter relay at the 1978 Outdoor Heps. This begs the question — the oldest Heps championship individual record? Penn’s James Brown and Dartmouth’s Ed Kania share that distinction when both setting still-existing marks at the 1979 Indoor Heps. Brown long jumped 25-5 1/2 while Kania tossed the weight 70-5.

Wendell Mottley, the great Trinidadian sprinter at Yale, holds the oldest ‘all-time’ mark on record as his 440-yard dash time from 1964 translates to a 45.34 converted metric mark which is basically identical to Erison Hurtault’s 45.40 from 2007. For the women, Harvard’s Darlene Beckford has the oldest existing record when she ran an indoor mile in 4:32.30 back in 1982. No one has been very close to that since.

The oldest women’s Heps Championships marks come from 1983, when Jenny Stricker ran a 9:09.49 3k at Indoor Heps and Princeton’s Lynn Jennings logged a 16:10.93 10k at Outdoor Heps.

Below are Heps’ longest-standing school records:

MEN
90 years old (1921)
• Ned Gourdin, Harvard (25-2 3/4, long jump) — Outdoor

79 years old (1932)
• Bill Carr, Penn (46.28, 400m) — Outdoor

76 years old (1935)
• Ben Johnson, Columbia (6.6h, 60m) — Indoor

74 years old (1937)
• Ben Johnson, Columbia (21.14, 200m—Tied) — Outdoor

62 years old (1949)
• Charlie Moore, Cornell (46.7, 400m) — Outdoor

61 years old (1950)
• Marvin Berkman, Columbia (21.14, 200m—Tied) — Outdoor

60 years old (1951)
• Meredith Gourdine, Cornell (25-1 3/4, long jump) — Indoor

58 years old (1953)
• George Shaw, Columbia (24-3, long jump) — Indoor

57 years old (1954)
• Al Thompson, Columbia (54-7 1/4, shot put) — Indoor & (53-7 3/4, shot put) — Outdoor

55 years old (1956)
• Vilhjalmur Einarsson, Dartmouth (53-3 3/4, triple jump) — Outdoor

52 years old (1959)
• Jerry Monroe, Columbia (24-3 3/4, long jump) — Outdoor
• Carl Shine, Penn (58-9 1/2, shot put) — Outdoor

51 years old (1960)
• Dick Edmunds, Princeton (46.44, 400m) — Outdoor
• Jim Stack, Yale (1:47.8, 800m) — Outdoor

WOMEN
32 years old (1979)
• Anne Sullivan, Brown (34:41.3, 10,000m) — Outdoor

31 years old (1980)
• Anne Sullivan, Brown (16:12.3, 5000m) — Indoor

29 years old (1982)
• Darlene Beckford, Harvard (4:14.24, mile) — Indoor
• Mary Herlihy, Harvard (2:49.45, 1000m) — Indoor & (4:23.20, 1500m) — Outdoor
• Patricia Melton, Yale (56.38, 400m) — Indoor & (57.86, 400m hurdles) — Outdoor
• Mary Herlihy, Amy Simon, Mary Barrett, Darlene Beckford, Harvard (8:53.74, 4x800m) — Indoor

28 years old (1983)
• Jenny Stricker, Harvard (8:59.9h, 3000m) — Indoor
• Katie Wiley, Harvard (16:15.08, 5000m) — Outdoor
• Ylonka WIlls, Columbia (9:31.0, 3000m) — Outdoor

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