Let’s just put it out there — the men’s throws will be crazy.
Consider this, Cornell junior Stephen Mozia has thrown four feet beyond Olympic gold medalist Adam Nelson’s meet record this season, but has yet to win a Heps’ indoor title. And the past two champions — Harvard’s Dustin Brode (2013) and Ben Glauser (2012) — are in the field as well.
Throw in Princeton’s Scott Rushton and there are four guys capable of throwing 60 feet. In the history of Heps, dating back to the late 1940s, only six men have thrown 60 feet at Heps. Remarkably, Nelson is the only one to do it in the last quarter century (63-4 in 1998). Mozia threw an unreal 67-4 at Cornell’s Upstate Challenge, the best mark in League history, and then nearly matched it last weekend. Getting six tosses at Nelson’s record, it seems like odds favor him breaking it. Brode has been over 60 this winter while Rushton has reached new heights this month.
The weight throw will also be providing huge drama at a high level. Just seven years ago, a 60-foot toss could win this event. Now it might take that to simply score as six guys — three from Harvard and three from Cornell — are over 61 this winter. The Big Red’s Bryan Rhodes and the Crimson’s Ben Glauser must be considered the favorites. Glauser won a year ago and both have been well over 64 this season, but Mozia and freshman teammate Rudy Winkler are both wildcards, able to do amazing things. Winkler is the national high school record holder in the hammer throw and could be poised for a big personal best at Heps. But Brode and his freshman teammate Josh Whitener are within inches of Winkler’s 2014 best.
— Brett Hoover