The Heps Nation has flown the coop. Some folks are headed to London for the Olympics. Others are in Spain for the World Juniors. The Merb is at an undisclosed USATF event in Mexico that is so selective, our governing body refuses to release who is competing for Uncle Sam. (The best place for results of the NACAC U23 meet might well be Merber’s Twitter account! It starts tonight.)
Now Princeton men’s coach Fred Samara will be jetting off to the scary city of Marburg, Germany, later this month as the head coach of Team USA at the Thorpe Cup. (I say Marburg is scary because I read about the Marburg virus in Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone more than 15 years ago and it still has me shaken!)
This is the 19th annual Thorpe Cup, an international decathlon and heptathlon meeting between the US and Germany which came about, in part, to Samara’s forming of the U.S. Visa Decathlon Team back in 1990.
Teams are made up of up to seven men and seven women who compete in decathlon and heptathlon. Athletes received a predetermined number of points based upon their performances in each of the events in the decathlon and heptathlon. The top five men’s and top three women’s scores are added together to determine the overall men’s and women’s team winners.
Among this year’s participants is Bryan Clay, the 2008 Beijing Games multi champion who won’t get a chance to defend his gold medal because of a hurdles fall at the Olympic Trials.
Kim Spir took the above photo, which we believe is the first photographic proof that Andrew Wheating is taller than Leo Manzano.