In recent years, the multi-events have become high scoring events for the Cornell men and Dartmouth women, mainly because of the number of competitors from those schools in the event. Nick Huber is currently on track to become just the second Cornellian to win the decathlon as his personal best — 7,620 points — is more than 700 points above the closest competitor going into Heps.
However defending champion Evan Weinstock of Brown wants to become the second person to defend his title in this event. Last year at Outdoor Heps, Weinstock did not have to worry about Huber, who was entered in the individual hurdle events instead of the decathlon.
For the women, Priscilla Trojano of Dartmouth is aiming to become the third three-time champion for the heptathlon, but her own teammate, Janae Dunchack, could spoil that plan. The Indoor Heps champion has the top 2012 heptathlon performance so far with 4,741 points. Princeton’s Elizabeth McKenna and Samantha Anderson are looking to break up the potential Dartmouth 1-2 sweep and help the Tigers retain the conference team crown.
Like with Indoor Heps, athletes who did not compete in the multi-events during the regular season could elect to compete this weekend. For example, Harvard’s Christine Reed, Mary Hirst and Nicole Sliva and Cornell’s Karen Schillinger have previously competed as multi-eventers but have not yet done one this spring.
Meanwhile, Cornell’s Josh Cusick, Mike Rabbit and Vince Formica started but did not complete a decathlon earlier this season. These athletes all have the potential for scoring high at Heps, but if they decide not to compete Princeton’s Richard Sheldon and Stephen Soerens, Cornell’s Chris Ryan and Penn’s Amira Privott-Yeiser are looking to fill those shoes. — Mary Boggs