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Out of the 10 scorers in the men’s 5k and 10k from last year, five of them have graduated. However, there are plenty of other talented distance runners who are looking to fill in those scoring slots. The problem is that not all of these athletes have competed at these distances yet as many of them will race them for the first time this weekend. Then again, we have this problem with the long-distance events at each Heps we cover, so I might as well stop complaining.
We are expecting another Cornell vs Princeton battle for the overall team title race. While Cornell has the numbers for the sprints, we expect Princeton to make up a lot of ground in the long-distance races. Chris Bendtsen, Michael Franklin and Tyler Udland have the potential to score high in both of these events. Alejandro Arroyo Yamin did not compete at this past Indoor Heps, but he has competed this outdoor season and scored last year in the 10k. Cornell will be looking to Brett Kelly, Matt McCullough and Max Groves to try to break up the Princeton scoring threats while placing high themselves.
There are a number of other competitors who can steal spots from Princeton and Cornell. Mike Murphy will lead the Columbia contingent (which will include Mark Feigen, Leighton Spencer and Daniel Everett). Murphy’s season best 10k time is just outside of the top-10 all-time performance listing and is the current favorite in the event. Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan tops the 5k listing for this season and teammates Jon Gault, Phil Royer and John Bleday help the Big Green’s scoring potential for this weekend.
Harvard’s James Leakos is the only returning athlete from last year who scored in both the 5k and 10k in 2012. We expect that he will team up with teammate Maksim Korolev to help the Crimson score some needed running points to help the Crimson in the team hunt. Freshmen Thomas Awad (Penn) and Kevin Dooney (Yale) are the only frosh listed in the top-10 going into Heps. Can they make it onto the podium?
Columbia’s John Gregorek is the seasonal leader in the steeplechase, running 8:52.85 at the Sam Howell Invitational, but Princeton sophomore Eddie Owens is always a threat in this race. Also look for Dartmouth junior Henry Sterling, Penn rookie Brendan Smith, Brown junior Jeff Bush and Columbia junior Joe Kotran.
— Mary Boggs