oHeps13: Men’s Sprints & Hurdles

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I am glad I am not the sprinting coach for either Cornell or Brown for this weekend. Imagine you have an athlete who is ranked in the top four of the 100m, 200m, and 400m — which events do you have them run?  Brown’s John Spooney and Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig have the potential to win both the 100m and 200m AGAIN (as they both have in the past; Spooney in 2011 and 2012, Hortelano-Roig in 2010). Meanwhile, both of them competed in the indoor 400m this past February (with Hortelano-Roig winning the title) and both of them are candidates for their respective sprint relay squads.

In my opinion, Spooney could cover the 100-200 while Hortelano-Roig cover the 200-400, and then possibly do the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Then again, I am glad I am not their coach.

Cornell has the numbers to do well in the sprints with the 2013 indoor 60m champion Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon and Larry Gibson also running well this spring.  But Princeton is ready with its 1-2 punch — defending 400m champion Tom Hopkins and 2011 400m champion Austin Hollimon.

Do not count out the Connors — Dartmouth’s Connor Reilly or Harvard’s Connor McCarthy — as each scored in the sprints at these last two Heps.

Over in the hurdles, it could be another Cornell vs. Princeton duel, as both schools have multiple performers who can make the finals and score. Cornell is looking for frosh Max Hairston to continue his hurdle domination from the indoor season in both hurdle events, teaming up with Zach Zeller (110hh) and Andre Anderson (400ih).

Meanwhile, Princeton has four athletes who can score well in the hurdles: two decathletes (Richard Sheldon and Robert Mohr) with Gregory Caldwell in the high hurdles, and Hollimon in the intermediate hurdles.  Penn is favored in the intermediate hurdles, with the duo of Tim Carey (top returning finisher from 2012) and Tom Timmins (top performance in 2013). Other potential scorers: Harvard’s Jarvis Harris, Dartmouth’s Ed Wagner and Brown’s Peter Rhodes.

— Mary Boggs

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