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With his permission, we are using a lot of the work of Shazzguy, an anonymous poster on LetsRun.com who really knows the Heps throwing world.
Shazz sez the ‘must-see’ event of Heps will be the discus throw. Penn freshman Sam Mattis came into the League and has done what has been expected, throw far. He has been in the high 180s throughout the season as he adjusts to college competition. But Mattis is far from alone as a contender. Cornell shot putter Stephen Mozia posted the second-best throw in League history (196-7) less than two weeks ago at a low-key meet at Ithaca College. And what to make of Courtland Clavette of Brown, who posted a 187-2 earlier this season? And we haven’t yet mention 2012 champ Mike Levine of Yale. This will be an event to see as Shazz thinks it will take 60 meters (197 feet or so) to win. The Championship record of 190-6 was set by Harvard Olympian Nick Sweeney 21 years ago.
Mozia is the overwhelming favorite in the shot, especially after throwing 63+ to win at Penn last weekend. It was the first time an Ivy Leaguer won the Relays’ shot title since Augie Wolf did it for Princeton 30 years ago. After Mozia is looks like a ton of points for the Crimson as Harvard boasts four 54-footers in senior Edward Brucker, junior Justin Brode and sophomores Igor Liokumovich and Ben Glauser. Others looking to breaking into a scoring position are Penn junior Jake Brenza, Dartmouth soph Dom Filiano, Brown’s Clavette and Princeton sophomore Scott Rushton.
Of the hammer, Shazz writes, “This has been a tough one to nail down. With slow starts from some usual powerhouses, and a surprising early leader, this one is a toughie.” Sophomore Thomas Servino of Dartmouth is the League’s 2013 leader, but Glauser has thrown nearly 200 feet, and Cornell senior Bob Fiedler has come close to that as well. Glauser had a slow start, but seems to be picking up steam as the season rolls, and if he has another performance similar to Indoor Heps, look for a big throw at outdoors.
Looks like sophomore Rob Robbins could be worth 10 points for Cornell in the javelin after throwing 231-11 at Penn last week. No one else is within 25 feet of that hefty mark. The battle for second looks like it will come down to Penn junior Karl Ingram and a pair of Big Green throwers — sophomore Jim Budzinski and senior Brett Gilson.
— Brett Hoover (and Shazz)