Waking Up From Short Winter’s Nap
Somehow in the midst of the warmer than average winter temperatures, season holiday shopping, and adjusting to new jobs, HepsTrack decided to lay down for a short winter’s nap. Too bad we didn’t realize that the League doesn’t sleep when we try to.
Some December 2011 highlights from across the League while HepsTrack had been sleeping… last weekend’s meets recaps will be posted shortly.
- It only took one meet before an Ivy League Record was broken. Senior David Slovenski reset the indoor conference pole vault record at the Princeton New Year Invitational on December 20th to 17-7.25, 3 inches above his previous best.
- Two men cleared 7-ft in the high jump in December, just inches shy of the automatic qualifier for NCAA Indoor Nationals. Sophomore Maalik Reynolds of Penn (who won both indoor and outdoor high jump last year) cleared 7-2.25 at the 11th Annual Bison Opener on December 3rd. The height is his 2nd best indoor jump of his career. The other high jumper is Cornell’s Montez Blair. The sophomore transfer from the Naval Academy cleared 7-3.25 at the Cornell Relays on December 3rd.
- Also at the Cornell Relays, senior Melissa Hewitt wasted no time in getting on the national rankings as she jumped 20-2.5 in the long jump. As of the New Year, it was only 0.5 inches from the #1 mark.
- Princeton’s Eileen Moran has set up some fast times in the 60m at the Princeton New Year Invite. She won the event in 7.65. Outside of Hewitt, Moran should keep an eye on Penn frosh Lydia Ali, as she ran 7.66 in the 60m at the Bison Opener.
- Harvard freshman Ben Glauser won the shot put at the Harvard Open Track Meet on December 10th, throwing 57-6.25. While he is only 1.5 inches behind Cornell’s Bob Belden on the League standings, HepsTrack expects this to be a competitive event in 2012 as Glauser has previously thrown over 62 feet in high school AND there are other shot put recruits across the league who have yet to throw in competition yet who can throw over 55 feet.
- Harvard sophomore Adabelle Ekechukwu is looking to fill in the open spots in the weight throw that are now vacant after the graduation of Brown’s Brynn Smith, and Princeton duo Emma Ruggiero and Thanithia Billings. Ekechukwu threw 59-11 in the weight throw, a new personal best by three feet (which was set at 2011 Indoor Heps), to win the event at the Harvard Open Track Meet.
- Brown hosted their annual Alden Invitational on December 3rd, winning twelve individual and two relay events.
- Yale hosted their Yale Season Opener on December 3rd.