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It came to the final events for both the men’s and women’s team titles. For the women, the title was clenched in the shot put. For the men, it was the relays.
Harvard battled with Dartmouth during the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, with Dartmouth winning the 4×800 over Harvard while Harvard finishing 2nd in the 4×400 to Dartmouth’s 4th place finish. But in the shot put, Nikki Okwelogu led Harvard to a 1-5-6 finish that secured the first Crimson Outdoor Heps crown since 1990. Harvard won with 162 points, followed by Dartmouth (149), Cornell (94), Columbia (88), Princeton (86), Brown (61.5), Penn (46.5), and Yale (26).
It was expected to be a Princeton vs Cornell battle for the men’s title, and it was. But the heroes of the Big Red squad were not some of the traditional big names. Larry Gibson anchored the 4×400 squad to victory, holding off a valiant kick by Princeton’s Tom Hopkins. Followed by scoring in both the discus throw and the high jump, Cornell held off Princeton, 149-142.33, for the team title, breaking Princeton’s 4 year winning streak. Harvard finished in 3rd place with 109, followed by Penn (82), Dartmouth (66.66), Columbia (61), Brown (52), and Yale (20).
In the Most Valuable Performer Awards:
– Female Field – Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe won her second-straight hammer throw title, breaking the meet record with her winning throw of 222-03.
– Male Field – Penn senior Maalik Reynolds won his 3rd outdoor high jump title (5th overall Heps title) today, clearing a height of 7-04 1/4. Reynolds became the 6th person to ever win 3 outdoor high jump titles in Heps meet history.
– Female Track – Dartmouth senior Abbey D’Agostino deserved the standing ovation from the Heps crowd as she walked up to receive her award. She dominated the 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10km events. Her winning 3km time was a new meet record (9:14.57) while her 10km winning time is the 3rd best in Heps Championship history (33:10.38). It should be noted that this was D’Ag’s first attempt at the 10km distance in a racing format.
– Male Track – Cornell sophomore Max Hairston accomplished a hurdle double, winning the 110HH in a wind-legal 13.94, followed by the win in the 400IH in 51.49. Hairston was the first man to win this double since Randy Cox of Penn accomplished this in 1987. Hairston was also a member of the winning 4×400 relay.
Congratulations to all athletes and coaches, and thank you to all of the fans for loving this sport!