iHeps12 — Men’s Sprints & Hurdles

If you use this year’s times as the guide, there would be a clear favorite in the 200-meter dash — Brown sophomore John Spooney. In fact, at the Valentine’s Invitational at Boston University, the footballer ran 21.35, the second-fastest time in Heps’ history. While that performance vaulted him ahead of Olympian Chris Lambert of Harvard and behind only Penn’s Grafton Ifill (21.24 in 2005), the Heps schedule doesn’t feature the 200. Because of that, expect Spooney to be prepared to prove himself in the 60m dash, but the field will be bunched. He is one of five sprinters within .06 seconds of each other. Cornell soph Chris Bain holds the top spot (6.82) followed by Harvard’s Damani Wilson (6.83), Cornell’s Chase Aaronson (6.84), Spooney (6.85) and Cornellian Jedidiah Adarquoh-Yiadon (6.88). When it comes to the sprints, there are a number of others whose proven successes are worthy of mention. Folks like Cornell’s Kinsley Ojukwu, Dartmouth’s Connor Reilly and Jalil Bishop and Harvard’s Jonathan Meminger. The hurdles could be as nip-and-tuck as the straight dash as Cornell senior Dan Hagberg has led the way this year, clocking eight-flat. But Princeton junior Richard Sheldon (8.10) and Harvard rookie Jarvis Harris (8.11) are close behind. And never count out Heps Outdoor hurdles champ Nick Huber. It all depends which events the multi-dimensional Hoosier elects to contest. — Brett Hoover

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