One of the things I have learned in my years producing HepsTrack? Coaches hate predictions.
Okay. Here we go:
On the women’s side it looks like Cornell has too much depth across the board and our projections have the Big Red an easy winner over Columbia and Princeton, who are tied for second in these rankings. Harvard makes a strong push for fourth, hitting triple digits for the first time since 2001.
The women’s standings: 1. Cornell, 160; 2. Columbia & Princeton, 118; 4. Harvard, 103; 5. Brown, 79; 6. Dartmouth, 73; 7. Penn, 51; 8. Yale, 12.
I’m guessing that the women’s most outstanding performer will be Dartmouth star Abbey D’Agostino with the top rookie nod going to Nadia Eke, the freshman jumper for Columbia. Note that there is no formal rookie award presented, so it will be hard for me to be wrong.
On the men’s side, Cornell shall prevail over Princeton as well. The Big Red has a nice combination of sprinters, hurdlers, runners, throwers, jumpers and even multi-men. And the 4×1 and 4×4 should be Red victories as well. With strength from its throwing unit, Harvard is projected to finish a close third, beating out Columbia and its band of middle-distance men.
The men’s standings: 1. Cornell, 195; 2. Princeton, 186; 3. Harvard, 73; 4. Columbia, 67; 5. Brown, 53; 6. Yale, 39; 7. Dartmouth, 38; 8. Penn, 28.
Because I think Conor McCullough might sling his hammer some crazy distance (like 250 feet), I think he will be the meet’s outstanding performer with the non-existent rookie award going to Cornell’s Stephen Mozia. Throwerpalooza.