Whoever controls the horizontal jumps will likely win the men’s team title. Like it has been for the last few Heps, Cornell and Princeton have the sheer numbers to dominate the genre. Just based on the current performance listings, Cornell earns 21 points in the long jump and nine points in the triple jump, while Princeton earns four in the long jump and 14 in the triple. The triple jump title is almost a lock for two-time defending champion Princeton’s Damon McLean as he is the only athlete who has jumped further than 50-feet this year (and has done it on multiple occasions). He also just won the Penn Relays’ TJ.
The long jump will likely be a tougher battle between Cornell’s Steven Bell and Hercules Stancil with McLean and Tom Hopkins and Yale’s Dana Lindberg. Bell, Stancil and Lindberg have leapt further than 24 feet this year, with Hopkins just a fraction of an inch behind. Hopkins won the outdoor long jump in 2011 and placed second in this event last year (besting Bell and Stancil both times in the process) while McLean cleared 24-feet en route to winning the indoor 2013 long jump title.
Other potential high scorers in the horizontal jumps include Harvard’s Malcolm Mason Rodriguez and Jarvis Harris, Brown’s Kenneth Thompson and Princeton’s Nana Owusu-Nyanteky.
— Mary Boggs