iHeps12 — Men’s Verticals

The high jump will be more competitive in 2012 than it was in 2011, as there are three athletes who have cleared seven feet going into Indoor Heps. Defending champion Maalik Reynolds of Penn set an indoor personal best of 7-3 3/4 while jumping with the pros at the Millrose Games and is just shy of the NCAA automatic qualifier.  Will Cornell’s Montez Blair help push Reynolds’ past that qualifier, or will he do it himself as his best is 7-3 1/4? Blair hit that mark in early December but has not been as consistent as Reynolds. Blair’s teammate Tommy Butler has had a great year so far, clearing 7-0 1/4 earlier this month. Cornell’s Chris Arlinghaus is a returning scorer and is looking to help Cornell rack up the points in this event. Jeremy Birck of Dartmouth and Ikechi Nnamani of Penn are also within scoring range. The men’s pole vault started the indoor season with a bang as the three-defending champion David Slovenski of Princeton broke the all-time conference record with a 17-7 1/4 in early December 2011. Slovenski is looking to become the first four-time indoor pole vault champion this weekend. But this event is not a lock for him as in the last month, Harvard’s Nico Weiler, the 2009 outdoor pole vault champion, bested Slovenski at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet with a season’s best of 17-4 1/2. Weiler’s mark is the second-highest clearance in conference history behind Slovenski. Cornell’s Peter Roach is the only other Ivy Leaguer to have cleared 16 feet this season so far at 16-4 3/4.  Princeton’s Derek Hynes has cleared 16 feet in previous indoor seasons while Cornell could get additional points in this event from Josh Cusick, David Kim and Keith Rayburn. — Mary Boggs

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