The next three weekends are going to fly by so make sure you are adequately prepared. Here is the quick take: Mount SAC/Larry Ellis then Penn Relay then Heps!
Mount SAC. We have entry information, but that event has been known for its struggles to produce accurate results. Last year the meet inexplicably had Columbia freshman Nate Brennand breaking the all-time Ivy record in the 1,500. Problem was, he wasn’t entered and wasn’t even in California. Treat initial results out of there like a New York Post story.
In the Mount SAC Invitational events:
Women’s 800m — Anna Willard (Nike via Brown)
Men’s 1,500m — Nick Wade (Cornell); Kyle Merber (Texas via Columbia); Ben True (Saucony via Dartmouth); Trevor Van Ackeren (Texas via Princeton)
Women’s 1,500m — Anna Willard (Nike via Brown)
Women’s 5k — Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth); Waverly Neer (Columbia)
Men’s 10k — Michael Franklin (Princeton); Kevin Johnson (Cornell)
Women’s 10k — Emily Lanois (Columbia); Noelle Van Rysselberghe (Columbia)
Men’s Steeplechase — Eddie Owens (Princeton)
Women’s Steeplechase — Alexi Pappas (unattached via Dartmouth)
Men’s Triple Jump — Samyr Laine (Haiti via Harvard)
Men’s Javelin Throw — Sean Furey (Mizuno via Dartmouth); Craig Kinsley (CVE via Brown)
Competing in other events will be mostly distance athletes from Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. Headlining for the Big Green shall be Will Geoghegan, Phil Royer and John Bleday in the 5,000-meter run and Connor Reilly in the 100. Also in the men’s 5k will be Maksim Korolev and James Leakos of Harvard and Chris Bendtsen, Tyler Udland and Sam Pons of Princeton. Also, Ethan Shaw, a Dartmouth grad and former Heps cross country champ, now repping Hansons-Brooks.
Just some other stuff rattling around include Harvard and Yale teaming up to defeat Oxford and Cambridge on Tuesday. The Harvard Crimson claimed Connor McCarthy broke the meet record in the 200-meter dash (21.10), but that’s only because they don’t know anything about wind readings (+3.4). Nice run, but not wind legal. Not a record. Unfortunately, GoCrimson.com misreported as well. Folks, understanding +2.0 isn’t that hard.
And finally, Tom Meagher was featured for his heroics at the Boston Marathon. Meagher has often been a starter at Heps and at the Penn Relays. He is known for his thick Boston accent, as in “On Your Mahhhks.” Meagher, the finish line coordinator at the Marathon, rushed toward the explosion to help the injured on Monday.
He told Boston Magazine: “I’m an educator. I’m a teacher all my life, and when something happens, you react to help people. I’m in charge of that turf. I gotta make sure that whatever happens in that turf, good things, bad things, I gotta take care of it.”
Tip of the hat to Mr. Meagher.