iHeps 13: Relays

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Indoor Heps History: Men’s 4×4 | Women’s 4×4 | Men’s 4×8 | Women’s 4×8 | Men’s DMR

Can I just rant? I hate writing relay previews. I am bitter that Mary wrote almost everything, but left the relays for me. Just joking, Mary.

By the time we get to the closing ceremony at Indoor Heps, half of the runners will be moaning and laying in a pool of ice, so nothing is ever guaranteed. Suddenly, if plans have turned to dust, a coach might just throw anyone out there. It’s like sending Jose Canseco to the mound to eat up an inning and get him off your back about getting a chance to pitch.

I’d say Cornell in the men’s 4×4, but Fred Samara has a lot of tricks up his sleeve (by name of Hollimon and Dinkins). I’d side with the Big Red in the women’s 4×4, but the young Crimson of Harvard might well get revved up to win the relay on the home turf. And Columbia? Always dangerous.

The other three relays — both 4x8s and the men’s distance medley — I go with Columbia. The Lions have such superior season times — at least nine seconds on everyone in all three races — I can’t see going elsewhere… unless I see Canseco getting called in from the bullpen.

4x400m relay (men)
3:15.07 — Cornell
3:16.51 — Penn
3:17.30 — Brown
3:18.59 — Columbia
3:18.89 — Princeton

4x400m relay (women)
3:43.58 — Cornell
3:44.08 — Harvard
3:47.51 — Columbia
3:49.08 — Princeton
3:50.80 — Yale

4x800m relay (men)
7:30.15 — Columbia
7:39.24 — Penn
7:43.34 — Yale
7:47.36 — Princeton
7:53.39 — Cornell

4x800m relay (women)
8:50.55 — Columbia
9:10.70 — Princeton
9:13.69 — Dartmouth
9:24.23 — Yale
9:37.16 — Cornell

Distance medley (men)
9:40.67 — Columbia
9:54.14 — Cornell
9:57.90 — Princeton
10:13.86 — Yale
10:28.91 — Penn

— Brett Hoover

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