Leighton Spencer by Yahoo! Sports
In the Heps Championships debut of senior Mike Murphy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), back in 2009, he finished 39th as his Lions claimed the Heps title by a single point over Princeton. Now as a senior, he is prepared to feel victory over all again after Columbia jumped to No. 10 nationally. After a great showing at the adidas Wisconsin Invitational — with Murphy leading the way — he felt that his Lions “can compete with anyone.”
Well, once again, Princeton appears to be the greatest challenger. And while Murphy could be in the hunt for the individual crown, he recently told the Columbia Spectator that at Heps “individual accomplishments take a back seat to team success.”
And there is a whole lot of talent on Coach Willy Wood’s team. Two fellow seniors who were members of the 2009 title team were Mark Feigen (East Greenwich, R.I.) and Leighton Spencer (Chester, N.Y.). Both have been key to the unprecedented success in Morningside Heights this fall.
A trio of juniors — Jake Sienko (Warwick, R.I.), Nico Composto (Chicago, Ill.) and Byron Jones (Westborough, Mass.) — have also lifted the Lions this year. And never think that super sophomore Daniel Everett (Creve Coeur, Mo.) and highly-touted rookie Dustin Wilson (Philadelphia, Pa.) can’t be among the scorers.
Regardless of obstacle — including a 14-hour marathon trip to the Greater Louisville Classic — nothing has slowed down the Light Blue this year. And we don’t think that will change on Saturday. — Brett Hoover