2013-14: The Year of Wow

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As the year comes to a close, many people take the time to reflect back on the previous 365 days and provide their comments on what they feel what defined that year.  If you asked me what I would say about the 2013-14 athletic seasons, I’d say “wow”.

Here’s why:

  • Two national champions across three seasons and four events
  • Seventeen individual and 2 relay team All-Americans (as defined by top 8 in track and field, and top 42 in cross country)
  • A record number of NCAA qualifiers in cross country (4 men teams, 3 women teams, 4 individual qualifiers, and two graduate students), indoor track and field (13 individual qualifiers, 2 relay teams), and outdoor track and field (33 undergraduates, 1 relay team, and 3 graduate students)
  • Wanna guess the number of regional qualifiers for outdoor track? 138 – 76 individual Men performances; 58 individual women performances; 2 women relay performances and 2 men relay performances
  • Two cross country regional champions
  • Total number of new conference records? A total of 19 – 10 during indoors, and 9 during outdoors.  Very few of these overlap with the number of new conference meet records, of which 5 were at Indoor Heps and 6 from Outdoor Heps.

Maybe I could use the term “record-breaking”, but not all of these stats were counted throughout the previous athletic years.  Regardless, I could substitute “wow” with “impressive”, but it seems to lack the awe of the achievements.  No wonder co-founder Brett Hoover keeps calling Heps the Beast of the East.

For the second year, we will recognize some of the best athletes (rookies, track, field, and alumni) and their accomplishments from the 2013-14 athletic year.  Stay tuned.

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