Heps: The Beast Of The East


This isn’t your father’s Heps.

At this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships at the Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., 17 Ivy entrants earned All-America status (nine individuals, two relays).

The Dartmouth women — led by double-champion Abbey D’Agostino — wound up in seventh place in the team chase, tied with Stanford and ahead of teams from LSU, Penn State, Villanova and South Carolina. The Cornell men were 14th overall with teams from USC, Notre Dame and Texas in the rear view mirror.

Saturday’s run down again begins with D’Agostino. After winning the 5,000-meter run on Friday night, she was poised to become the first woman to take the 3k/5k double twice. The race went out predictably slow with Boise State’s Emma Bates taking the pace.

There were mild surges, but no one was willing to claim the lead and break up the pack with a speedier pace. “It was kinda tense the whole time,” said D’Agostino.

But after the midpoint, D’Agostino opted to move past Bates and take some of the others out of the chase. Only Arkansas’ Dominique Scott was able to stay with her.

But by the time the bell rang, D’Ag broke away from Scott and sped to her seventh NCAA title in 9:14.47. No Ivy Leaguer in history — in any sport — has claimed as many individual national titles.

Five others earned All-America status on Saturday. Cornell junior Stephen Mozia had a scare, nearly missing the cut for his final three throws. But after sneaking in the final spot, Mozia unleashed a throw of 20.06 meters (65-9 3/4), which would hold up for second place behind Texas’ Ryan Crouser.

Unlike Mozia, Columbia junior Nadia Eke went big early in the triple jump with a first-round leap of 13.07 meters (42-10 3/4). Her second leap was also further than 42 feet, but she could not improve on her first jump, which earned her sixth place overall.

The Ivy League had two All-Americans in the men’s mile as Dartmouth junior Will Geoghegan was fifth (4:04.17) and Columbia senior John Gregorek sixth (4:04.68). Arizona’s Lawi Lalang — who entered the meet chasing triple victory, but wound up empty — took the race out quickly.

For a while Lalang, UTEP’s Anthony Rotich and BU’s Rich Peters separated themselves from the field, but Oregon’s Mac Fleet stayed in contention with the Ivy guys. Eventually Rotich overtook Lalang down the stretch to win in 4:02.54. Among the runners that Geoghegan and Gregorek defeated were Villanova’s Jordan Williamsz, Notre Dame’s Jeremy Rae and Kentucky’s Matt Hillenbrand.

The final Ivy All-American was Dartmouth senior Megan Krumpoch, who was sixth in the women’s 800-meter run (2:06.84). She was actually closing in on two others — early leader Andrea Keklak of Georgetown and Amanda Smith of Virginia Tech — down the stretch. Keklak, who took fourth, was at Princeton before transferring to G’town.


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