Whatever holiday you celebrate around this time of year, we hope it’s a great one for you and your families. With the New Year is just ahead and we want to look back at a wondrous 2012 and look future to an amazing 2013.
Highlights of 2012? Where to begin? We can think about Donn Cabral and Abbey D’Agostino winning national championships. Or Kyle Merber stunning folks with an American college record in the 1,500m run. How about Morgan Uceny making it to the Olympic 1,500m final, only to get tripped up a lap short of glory? Nice to see her training partner Anna Pierce get back into world-class form in 2012.
There was Conor McCullough throwing bombs for Princeton before having to leave the Tigers for the second time. Max King continued to be king of the off-road. Oh, Steve Dolan left Princeton for rival Penn and was replaced by Jason Vigilante. Princeton won two times at the 2012 Penn Relays. Nico Weiler cleared 18 feet to join the late Mamadou Johnson in elite company. The Cornell women’s and Columbia men’s cross country teams were in the nation’s top 10. Looks like Adam Nelson might finally get that elusive gold medal. Craig Kinsley made it to the Olympic Games and planked with enthusiasm. And no one ever forgets Frank Shorter. We had Ivy Leaguers who wouldn’t have their marathon stopped by Hurricane Sandy. And the Heps coaches made some dramatic changes moving toward the future. And we will never forget that Heps still lives in many a Midshipmen.
Alexi Pappas won a national championship… as an Oregon Duck. How about the Olympic Trials, where Ivy Leaguers were everywhere, with four advancing and nine others missing out on the stage in London by three spots or fewer? And a former Penn half-miler has taken a lead role in the discussion of homophobia in sports, a cause which had momental progress in 2012. And a former Dartmouth runner ran like a bat out of hell to start the Boston Marathon. Another Hepster made a huge push in the Iditarod. Another vaulted into Oscar contention. Someone else became a Rhodes Scholar.
It was a hell of a year for HepsTrack. And I can tell you this, I long to make this website and its reach bigger and better into the future. Mary Boggs is invaluable here in many ways and I must single out her ability to tweet from Heps. She is so good, she broke Twitter at one point this year. I have to shout out to Patricia Melton, who founded this site with me. We have spent a lot of time discussing what it can become and, hopefully, 2013 will be a break-out year for this website to establish a greater mission. Yeah, that is kind of cryptic, but that’s where we are right now. Hopefully more to come soon!
Huge thanks to all the photographers who have been so generous with their skill and their time. Nathan Crumpton, Joe Guty, John Keklak, John Nepolitan, Tim Fulton, Kim Spir and others have been so helpful to HepsTrack and they do it to support the athletes and the League, not to make a penny. Oh, and with their help, HepsTrack actually claimed an award this summer!
Big thanks to the Olympians who shared their time and their insights this summer. And, of course, thanks so much to the coaches, the athletes and the alums for making Heps such a great place.