iHeps12 — Men’s Throws

Indoor Heps 2012 should be the ‘Battle of the Freshmen,’ as two freshmen lead the league standings in the shot put. Cornell’s Stephen Mozia and Harvard’s Ben Glauser went head-to-head at the Saturday Night at the Armory II at the end of January, with Mozia edging out Glauser by only 5 1/2 inches. At the time, their throws were both seasonal bests… until this past weekend, Mozia broke the 60-foot barrier by throwing the third furthest throw in conference history, 62-8, at the Cornell Denault Memorial. Glauser’s seasonal best of 59-3 1/2 is just outside the conference’s top 10 of all time. Don’t count out Cornell’s Bob Belden, Harvard’s Dustin Brode or Princeton’s Patrick Park. Both Belden and Park have experience on their side as they are the only seniors in the top six, while Brode is the defending outdoor shot put champion. They may not have personal bests as close as Mozia and Glauser, but they have been consistent all season and they can sneak in should either of the frosh falter in their first big collegiate championships. The weight throw could have its champion determined with just one throw. Princeton’s Conor McCullough set a conference record in his weight debut at the annual HYP tri-meet, throwing 76-1. It is currently the top throw in the country. Unless McCullough fouls all of his attempts, expect him to win the weight throw laurels. The battle in this event will be for second place, as Belden and Columbia’s Duncan Dickerson have just 3 3/4 inches separating them this season. Dickerson won over Belden, Brode and Harvard’s Matthew Polega when they competed head-to-head at the Saturday Night at the Armory II at the end of January. Bob Fiedler can also pick up points in the weight throw for the home team Cornell. — Mary Boggs

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