Coming into his senior year, Princeton’s Michael Franklin (Mendham, N.J.) never scored at a Heps championships. It is a surprising fact considering how his senior year turned out. While he did not get the chance to compete at the 2012 Heps XC on his home course, he was included on the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships racing squad and helped the team finish 11th in the team standings. Franklin really blossomed in 2013 though – by the time he graduated in June, he earned 3 individual Heps titles (indoor 5k, outdoor 5k and 10k) that led to two team conference titles, and an individual All-American honor with a 5th place finish in the outdoor 10,000m.
Out of his three Heps titles this year, his 5,000m win was the most exciting to watch. Over the course of the bell lap, there were three lead changes between Franklin, his teammate Chris Bendtsen, and Columbia Lion Daniel Everett. Bendtsen took the lead from Franklin at the bell. With 200m to go, Franklin passed Bendtsen but Everett and Bendtsen kept on his tail. Everett stole the lead with 100m to go and kept charging to try to take the title. Franklin and Bendtsen, no more than 5 meters back, try to hold on. Franklin somehow was on the inside line with Everett just inside lane 2 and Bendtsen was out near lane 3. Beginning with 40 meters to go, Franklin moved into lane 2 and managed to get one more blast of sprinting energy to pass Everett on his right and take the 5,000m title at the line. Franklin in 14:10.8, Everett in 14:11.0, Bendtsen in 14:11.6. The crowd roared. Princeton alum Nathan Crumpton got an excellent series of photos of this dramatic finish, which you can see on this page (photos 595 to 616).
Princeton’s Peter Callahan (Evanston, Ill.) came back from injury to win the indoor mile and 1500m at Heps, and using his phenomenal kick to not only reset the league record in the DMR but also win the national title. He has won 5 individual and 2 relay conference titles during his undergraduate career (he’s currently finishing up his NCAA eligibility as a New Mexico Lobo), earning All-Ivy honors in 5 of his 6 Heps appearances.
Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Burlington, Ontario) was the first sprinter in almost 20 years to win the 100, 200, 400, and 4×100 in a career. He ran some blazing times while doing so: resetting the indoor 200m record (21.18) and helped his 4×100 squad break 40 seconds (39.85), the first time since 1978 an Ivy League squad had done so. He helped his 4×100 squad finish 19th at the NCAA outdoor championships. He also competed for Team Spain at the 2013 IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Moscow, Russia, where they made it to the semifinals in the 4×100. Sadly, they just missed the finals by 0.05 seconds.