iHeps12 — Men’s Distance

In the latest episode of Run Junkie, Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton made reference to Heps being the most “heated conference championship in the country” and here is where he will be proven right. The distance fields are as deep as they’ve ever been in the Ivy League. Sure, we can marvel at Princeton’s Peter Callahan’s two sub-four miles this winter, but the reality is that 22 other Leaguers have already dipped below 4:10. How about 10 guys under 4:05 this season? We won’t know who will be racing in the mile until Friday evening, but here’s to the hope that we see the likes of Joe Stilin and All-American Donn Cabral of Princeton, sub-4 Kyle Merber and Adam Behnke of Columbia, Dan Lowry and Kevin Cooper of Brown, John Schilkowsky of Cornell and Jon Bleday and Matt Miner of Dartmouth. We won’t, but we can dream. Stilin will be better suited in the 3k, where his 7:53.15 at the Washington Husky Classic was within a second of an NCAA auto qualifier. Lowry, Bleday and Cabral have all flirted with a sub-8 performance here. But Cabral might be the one to beat in the 5k. Like Stilin, he threw down a ridiculous time at the Husky Classic — 13:45.92 in the 5k — narrowly missing the NCAA automatic. But he will have to beat the likes of Columbia junior Mike Murphy and Dartmouth’s Ethan Shaw, who won the Heps’ Cross Country Championships in October on a snowy day in Princeton. — Brett Hoover

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