The Heps NCAA XC Challenge

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A late thought today was that we should have a Heps’ NCAA Watch Party on Saturday for the entire Heps Nation. A little Twitter bird tells me that the Columbia women’s team is doing just that, but it appears to be a private party.

Anyway, in the future I want an eight-school Watch Party somewhere convenient in Manhattan. We can organize door prizes, special guests, etc. Mark it on your calendars next year. But it appears for this year that you are on your own.

I did want to do something to honor the herd of current and former Heps’ runners who are charging toward Louisville, Ky. And here it is. A Heps NCAA XC Challenge wherein you pick your top five men and women, in order. We will quit taking entries on Friday at 11:59 pm. We are playing for acclaim only. I don’t have time to go through any NCAA rules or other legal wrangling about prizes, etc.

Available are the individuals from the four teams — Columbia & Princeton men; Cornell & Harvard women — as well as individual qualifiers both present and past.

That means for the men, in addition to the Lions and Tigers, there are Harvard’s Maksim Korolev and James Leakos; Virginia’s Mark Amirault (Princeton); Indiana’s Adam Behnke (Columbia); Michigan’s Dan Lowry (Brown); and Texas’ Kyle Merber (Columbia) and Trevor Van Ackeren (Princeton).

The women’s individuals, along with the Big Red and the Crimson, are Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino; Brown’s Margaret Connelly; Princeton’s Greta Feldman and Oregon’s Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth).

Accepted entries are those with a real name and email address and understandable selections (real names, not nicknames). The scores will be determine by the lowest point total of the five selections with the tiebreaker determined by the order of selection.

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