The sixth round between two pole vaulting greats will occur on Saturday. Each time Harvard’s Nico Weiler has competed at Outdoor Heps, he has walked away with the conference title. However, this will be the first time Weiler is walking into Outdoor Heps as the Indoor Heps Champion. Can he win at Penn again like he did in 2009 when he was a freshman?
Princeton’s David Slovenski and Adam Bragg are waiting to fill in the championship slot should Weiler falter this weekend. Based purely on the outdoor season performances, Princeton and Cornell could each have three people score in this event — Slovenski, Bragg, and Derek Hynes for the Tigers, and Peter Roach, Keith Rayburn and David Kim for the Big Red.
Meanwhile, a new rivalry will heat up the high jump mats on Sunday. Cornell’s Montez Blair will walk into Outdoor Heps with the highest clearance this season at 7-3 1/4, a height he cleared on those very same mats last weekend at the Penn Relays. However, Franklin Field is Maalik Reynolds’ home mat and Reynolds has a personal best of 7-5 3/4 that he set at last year’s Outdoor Heps. If both jumpers bring their ‘A’ game, expect the bar to be set really high. Cornell can rack up the points if they get Blair, 7-footer Chris Arlinghaus and Tommy Butler into scoring slots. The highest-ever second-place finish at Outdoor Heps in the high jump? Adam Chubb’s 7-2 1/2 for Penn in 2001 could be outdone. — Mary Boggs
Note: The elusive 18-foot barrier in the pole vault has been cleared by just one man in Heps history — Mamadou Johnson of Penn at the 1993 Outdoor Heps. We have heard from multiple sources that Johnson was recently seriously injured in an accident and has been in a coma. Our thoughts and prayers are with he and his family.