Princeton’s Conor McCullough is Heps’ first champion and first record breaker as he swung and flung his mighty hammer 72.13 meters (236-7). Harvard freshman Ben Glauser was second (195-1) and Yalie Michael Levine third (190-7).
The qualifers in the men’s 400m dash were led by Yale senior Matt Bieszard in 47.93. Princeton sophomore Tom Hopkins would have run faster, but he shut it down early knowing that he was picking up an auto qualifier as a heat winner. He finished in 48.31. Folks from Cornell will be cheering for Bieszard because Princeton, with Hopkins and speedy junior Russell Dinkins advancing, could be poised to pick up big points.
The eight advancers: Bieszard, Kevin Boyd (Columbia), Dinkins, Hopkins, Daniel Thomas (Cornell), Brian Rosenthal (Penn), John Dingus (Harvard) and Jalil Bishop (Dartmouth).
The 1,500m qualifiers to the final included a parade of Columbians. Here are the 10 who are in: Joe Stilin (Princeton), Trevor Van Ackeren (Princeton), Steve Mangan (Dartmouth), Byron Jones (Columbia), Daniel Everett (Columbia), Kyle Merber (Columbia), Mark Feigen (Columbia), Kevin Cooper (Brown), Michael Palmisano (Princeton) and Matt Miner (Dartmouth).
By the way, things are a bit windy at Franklin Field as evidenced by the +4.2 wind reading in the second heat of the women’s heptathlon 100m hurdles. That’s more than twice the legal limit.