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If history is to be made on the men’s side, expect it to come from the throwing fields as the Championships records in three of the four events are in jeopardy.
Stephen Mozia of Cornell, a two-time shot put champion, has his eyes on the 31-year-old meet record of Olympian August Wolf (66-1 1/4). While Mozia had a sensational winter, throwing 68 feet and finishing second at NCAAs, he has yet to get “the big one” outdoor. Not that his 63-10 1/4 is shabby, but he is capable of adding feet and not inches to that. Wolf has indicated that he will be “in the house” at Yale. We’ll see if his record can survive Mozia this year. But while Mozia is the favorite, Harvard is looking for a huge point grab here with three guys — 2011 champ Dustin Brode, Igor Liokumovich and Ben Glauser — over 58 this spring.
Penn sophomore Sam Mattis — who is ranked among the nation’s top 10 — is the biggest threat to his own Heps Championships’ discus throw of 191-5 set last year, but he isn’t the only threat. Mattis has flung his implement 203-0 this year, second-best in Ivy history (all meets, not just Heps), but Mozia has gone 195-5 and Brown’s Courtland Clavette 188-3. It is amazing to think that someone could throw farther than the meet record and take third.
It is surprising that the javelin record (243-0) set by Chris Clever of Harvard in 2001 withstood the efforts of NCAA champion Brian Chaput a decade ago, but it is in jeopardy again. That’s because Cornell’s Rob Robbins has thrown just twice this year and finished with marks of 246-6 and 248-11. Robbins — the defending champion in this event — is ranked third nationally and could make a run for the top spot this weekend. It might take 200 feet to score this year as Harvard’s Dean Sullivan, the 2012 champ, and Penn’s Jim Tully lead the chase pack.
And finally, in the hammer last year at Princeton, Columbia’s Duncan Dickerson became the first Columbia male to win a throwing event since Dwight D. Eisenhower had just begun his presidency. Now he is the favorite to win again. His best throw of the season is 204-0, but Glauser of Harvard is less than four feet behind. There are four guys within about two feet of the third spot, including Dartmouth’s Thomas Servino and Mozia of Cornell.
– Brett Hoover