We said this last year, and we say it again — the multi-events are typically hard to predict as many of these athletes compete in the whole event for the first time at Heps. At the same time, those who we know are multi-eventers could be pulled from the event to focus on scoring as many events as possible to help out the team. It is hard to be sure who will compete, but it is fun to guess. Here is what we do know:
For the heptathlon, the top three scorers from last year have graduated, leaving Princeton’s Richard Sheldon as the top returning performer. Heading into Heps, Sheldon and teammate Stephen Soerens have the top performances so far this season. With Brad Pelisek also in the pre-Heps top six, Princeton can score a lot of points in an event that has historically been Cornell-dominated. Brown can also make a big impact with Peter Rhodes and Evan Weinstock as both have been Heps scorers in previous years. Cornell has had some athletes compete this, with Mike Rabbitt being the highest scorer.
In the pentathlon, this season so far has had a Swedish hue. Harvard frosh Martina Salander shattered the Ivy League record, scoring 4,094 points that could get her a shot at qualifying for Nationals. If she competes in the pentathlon, the crown would likely be hers… unless, that is, if Dartmouth’s Janae Dunchack has anything to say about it. Dunchack is gunning for her third straight indoor title, a feat only accomplished by two other athletes (one of which did it en route to winning it four years in a row) — Frances Childs (Penn) and Lindsay Taylor (Brown). In terms of overall team scoring, both Harvard and Cornell currently have the numbers to dominate the event — Mary Hirst, Hannah Nunez and Madison Hansen for the Crimson and Hillary Holmes and Dominique Corley for the Big Red. Add in Penn’s Amira Privott-Yeiser and it will be a competitive match.
5,094 — Stephen Soerens (Princeton)
5,078 — Richard Sheldon (Princeton)
5,055 — Peter Rhodes (Brown)
5,013 — Mike Rabbitt (Cornell)
4,919 — Brad Pelisek (Princeton)
4,094 — Martina Salander (Harvard)
3,654 — Janae Dunchack (Dartmouth)
3,605 — Hillary Holmes (Cornell)
3,583 — Mary Hirst (Harvard)
3,384 — Amira Privott-Yeiser (Penn)
— Mary Boggs