The question isn’t whether Cornell will outscore Princeton in the high jump and pole vault, the question is by how much. If it is a 30-point swing in the Big Red’s favor, the Tigers will need to scrap for every point elsewhere.
Cornell junior Montez Blair has become the class of the field in the high jump. He went above 7-5 indoor and has already cleared 7-4 outdoor. Unless Penn’s Maalik Reynolds can rediscover his form, Blair looks like a lock for 10 points.
For Reynolds, the 2012-13 season has been one to forget… so far. He cleared at least 7-2 1/2 at 13 different meets as a freshman or sophomore, but has yet to do so once this year, indoor or out. But this is a guy who has soared well over 7-5 and was a qualifier to the World Junior Championships. When he breaks from his slump, expect it to be in a big way.
If not, Cornell junior Tommy Butler — who has cleared 7 this spring — is ready for a 1-2 Big Red punch. Princeton must hope for a career day by junior Omar Jarrett, who has flirted with 6-10 this season. He is the Tigers’ primary vertical scoring threat.
In the pole vault, Harvard’s Nico Weiler can rise to a level that the competition simply can’t. Weiler is one of just two Ivy Leaguers to ever clear the bar at 18 feet. But Cornell stands to pick up a lot of point even if Weiler goes all Bubka this weekend. There are three Cornellians over 16 feet this spring, and other than Weiler, no one else. Junior Peter Roach is the class of that group as well as a former Heps champion. He was the surprise victor last year when Weiler no heighted. That would be an even more frightening thought for the Tiger coaches.
— Brett Hoover