Back in December I posted a story in response to the eventual split of the Big East Conference. I claimed that the fracture would leave the Heptagonals as the top track & field league on the Eastern seaboard. In fact, I said it was “unquestionable.”
Well, the Big East has yet to officially divide and the Ivy League is already ahead of the Big East.
On the men’s side, the Ivy League’s eight teams are sending 83 athletes to the NCAA preliminaries while the Big East’s 13 squads are sending 81. Overall, the League is sending 18 athletes per school, a figure topped only by the SEC, the PAC-12, the Big 10, the Big 12 and the ACC.
And only three conferences will be sending 50 or more distance runners to the prelims — the PAC-12, the Big 10 and the Ivy League. And no League can match Heps’ 6.3 distance runners per school. No one. East coast or not.
So yeah, Heps can already put on the crown of Eastern supremacy.
UPDATE: Facts have apparently touched a nerve with the Associate Commissioner of the Big East office.
— Jim Siedliski (@JimSiedliski) May 21, 2013
Pesky facts. By the way, the Commish wanted to ‘spin’ his way to a quality vs. quantity discussion.
2013 NCAA Indoors: Heps 34 points (3 national titles), Big East 28 (zero).
2012 NCAA Outdoors: Heps 39 1/2 points (2 national titles), Big East 33 (zero).
Last two NCAA Champs: Heps 73 1/2 (5 national titles), Big East 61 (zero).
And, reminder, the Big East had 13 teams to Heps’ eight.