The East Has A Beast

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Nathan Crumpton photo

As Jacksonville, Fla., prepares for an influx of Heps athletes — 138 entrants in all (not counting Brown decathlete Evan Weinstock, who has a pass all the way to Eugene, Ore.) — we are taking a moment to prove that yes, Heps Nation, we are the undisputed BEAST OF THE EAST. Some NCAA Prelims facts:

Conference Men’s & Women’s Qualifiers Per School

Rank Conference Average
1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) 33.2
2 Big 10 Conference 30.4
3 PAC-12 Conference 30.3
4 Big XII Conference 29.9
5 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 19.8
6 HEPS (Beast of the East!) 17.4
7 Mountain West Conference 15.3
8 American Athletic Conference 15.0

The Heps men are leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference behind. Heps men’s squads average 9.9 qualifiers with the ACC following at 9.2. Only the biggest of the big boys — the SEC, the Big 10, the PAC-12 & the Big XII — average more than Heps.

It used to be a close battle between Heps and the Big East in regards to qualifiers, but last year’s realignment has diminished both the Big East and the old Big East (the American). The 20 men’s teams from those two conferences combine to average 4.9 qualifiers. That is less than half the average of the Heps’ men’s teams.

Here’s a look at how far ahead of the other Northeast conferences Heps has become:

Total Qualifiers From Northeast Conferences

Rank Conference Total
1 HEPS (The Beast of the East!) 139
2 Big East Conference 72
3 Atlantic 10 Conference 50
4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 34
5 Patriot League 30
6 America East Conference 24
7 Northeast Conference 22

Carry on.

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