iHeps14 — Men’s Distance

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The distance man of the hour is Harvard’s Maksim Korolev. This is his senior year and it appears that everything is finally falling into place for him.  He’s reset two conference records this indoor season — the 3,000m standard is now 7:51.52 and the 5,000m mark stands at 13:42.56. Both of these times have also placed Korolev in the NCAA qualifying bubble.

at-iheps-awadBut the fastest athlete going into Heps is not guaranteed the crown, as these races have become much more tactical in recent years. Korolev did not have one of the fastest times in the 3,000m going into the 2013 Indoor Heps, but he came out the event champion in one of the fastest 3,000m times ever run at a Heps. In fact, none of the distance event winners from last year had a top-five time going into the meet.

So who should Korolev keep an eye out for if he attempts the 3,000m-5,000m double? Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan for one. Geoghegan got nipped by Korolev at the finish line at the BU Valentine Invitational in the 3,000m. In the same race, Princeton’s Chris Bendtsen ran a strong time that would have placed in the top-10 Ivy all-time had Korolev and Geoghegan not ran. Bendtsen is also the top returning scorer from the 2013 Indoor Heps 5,000m final. Princeton’s Tyler Udland, Columbia’s Daniel Everett, Harvard’s James Leakos, Dartmouth’s John Bleday and Penn’s Thomas Awad can challenge in either distance, which will make the victory that much sweeter to whoever wins these races.

— Mary Boggs

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