Bong Breaks Through

Penn sophomore Heather Bong (Nashotah, Wis.) broke the school record in the 100-meter dash (11.83) and anchored the fastest 4×1 in the League (46.66) and George Mason this weekend. Bong’s 100 time was just .01 outside of the Heps’ all-time top 10 (and the likes of Melissa Hewitt, Nicole Harrison, Sharay Hale, Jeomi Maduka and Joslyn Woodard). And the Penn 4×1 — could the Red & Blue dip below 46 this year once the weather turns? Only Cornell has ever done that.

Brown frosh Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) continues to shake things up in the League’s throwing world. At the Brown Invitational on Saturday, she was second in the shot put with a best of 14.64 meters (48-0 1/2). That mark is now second in the conference, just three centimeters behind Cornell’s Victoria Imbesi. Darpolor’s season best in the discus (50.26, 164-11) is also No. 2 in Heps this season.

Cornell senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Burlington, Ont.) and Columbia junior Harry McFann (Gahanna, Ohio) seem ready to roll this season. Hortelano-Roig had three impressive podium finishes at the George Mason Invitational. He was second in the 100 (10.54), third in the 200 (21.26) and ran on the victorious 4×100 (40.65). McFann clocked a 1:48.22 in the 800 at the same event and now leads eight Ivy Leaguers who have run 1:50.2 or faster already this season. He is now a half-second from the all-time Ivy top 10.

Cornell freshman Max Hairston (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) won his heat and advanced to the final of the 110-meter hurdles at the George Mason Invitational. The final was wind-aided, so his mark doesn’t count for record purposes, but he blazed to a fourth-place finish in 14.13. Last year Hairston was a state runner-up in Pennsylvania.

Princeton sophomore Cecelia Barowski (Amherst, N.H.) broke the school record in the 400m dash at the George Mason Invitational, running 54.30, while teammate Imani Oliver (Brooklyn, N.Y.) broke her own mark in the triple jump (12.71, 41-8 1/2) … Harvard sophomore Erika Veidis (Sparta, N.J.) needs to drop just a half-second — after running 2:05.92 at HY — to move into the Heps’ all-time top 10 in the 800 with the likes of Olympians Meredith Rainey and Morgan Uceny … Yale junior Dana Lindberg (Hingham, Mass.) skipped the 23s altogether in the long jump, improving by 40 centimeters with his 7.40 (24-3 1/2) showing at Yale on Saturday … Harvard sophomore Nephat Maritim (Kericho, Kenya) had a similar experience … He last ran the 1,500 three years ago, running in the low 5s … At HY Maritim — who was recently featured in the Boston Globe — ran 3:57.32, skipping the 4s … Columbia senior Erin Gillingham (Solano Beach, Calif.) posted an impressive 4:20.87 in the 1500 at Mason … If she can drop two seconds, she will knock Olympian Anna Willard from the Heps’ top 10 … And Princeton junior Tom Hopkins (Haverford, Pa.) is the most consistent performer around, as evidenced by his 47.20 400 at Mason on Saturday … He is always a candidate for Athlete of the Week … Brown junior John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) won the 100 (10.65), 200 (21.66) and 4×100 (41.62) at the Brown Invitational … Columbia grad Delilah Dicrescenzo was sixth in the Boston 5k (16:05), 49 seconds behind winner Kim Smith … Princeton grad Donn Cabral was fifth in the BAA Invitational Mile (4:11.5), eight seconds behind winner Nick Willis … Yale won the national championship in men’s ice hockey.

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