iHeps12 — The Relays

Predicting relays is always a tough task as they come at the end of two tough days and attrition plays a role in the outcomes. Last year Princeton put together the fastest men’s 4×4 in League history, but Mike Eddy has graduated and Austin Hollimon is training for the 2012 Olympics, leaving Tom Hopkins and Russell Dinkins looking for help in defending the League supremacy. Taking a run at them will be both Cornell and Columbia as each has posted a time in the 3:15s this winter. On the men’s side, Columbia looks to take a significant number of points in the men’s relays. The Lions are the head of the class in the 4×8, posting a nation-leading 7:25.47 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory and the Light Blue has posted Heps’ only sub-10 distance medley relay this winter. For the women, the 4×4 could prove an epic battle as no team has shown the dominance that Cornell and Columbia have in recent years. That could leave the door open for the likes of Princeton, Cornell, Penn, Columbia and Harvard. The women’s 4×800 battle could be another classic. Princeton dipped sub-nine at HYP, the only League school to do that this winter, but Cornell’s collective top four are in the 8:40 range. In last year’s 4×8 at The Armory, six teams broke the meet record in the event with the Tigers coming out ahead. Sadly, no women’s DMR at Heps. Dartmouth, with Abbey D’Agostino anchoring, just missed the NCAA qualifier at the New Balance Collegiates this year, running 11:05.67. — Brett Hoover

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