iHeps14 – Men’s Horizontals

Over the last four years, the battle for the long and triple jump titles have been between Cornell and Princeton. And this Indoor Heps will not be much different. As the performance list stands, Cornell would win 34 points to Princeton’s 25. The “rest of conference” currently would earn only three points from those two events.

ht-iheps-mcleanThe favorites currently lie in Princeton’s corner. The 2013 Field MVP Damon McLean is looking for his fourth-straight indoor triple jump title, which if accomplished would make him just the second Ivy Leaguer to accomplish that feat at Indoor Heps. He’s in good position right now — currently 8 1/2 inches ahead of the next closest athlete.

While he won the long jump as well as the triple jump last year, McLean has yet to compete in the long jump this season. Then again, Princeton also has the top long jumper this year in Tom Hopkins, who soared 25 feet in early January, more than a foot further than the next best performance. Princeton also have Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi and Jake Scinto in its Orange-and-Black scoring arsenal.

In Cornell’s corner, there is two-time indoor long jump champion Steven Bell, Hercules Stancil, Dan Scott, Robert Plummer, multi-eventer Austin Jamerson and high jumper Montez Blair. Yes, they are all in the top six of either the long or triple jump. Out of this bunch, Bell and Stancil have jumped further than 24 feet in the long jump, while Scott is only other athlete (besides McLean) who has surpassed 51 feet in the triple. Can we say it will once again be a scoring podium full of Red, Black and Orange?

– Mary Boggs

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