A Day of Change Has Arrived


Back in September 2012, Hepstrack reported that the Ivy League coaches had voted to change the event lineup for the Indoor and Outdoor Heps Championships.  Originally, this plan was supposed to be implemented in 2014, but last year, we reported that the final decision was to be delays as the event lineup changes had yet to be approved by the conference athletic directors.

This week, we were able to confirm through the Ivy League that there WILL be changes to the Heps Championships this year, but these changes are slightly different than what was originally proposed back in 2012.

For the first time, both Indoor and Outdoor Heps this year will have the same events contested for both the men’s and women’s championships.

For the Indoor Championships, the women’s championship will include the 500m, 1,000m, and DMR, while the men’s championship will include the 200m.  The total number of events that will be contested has now risen to 20 for both genders (originally, the men had 19 events while the women had 17 events).

The only change for the Outdoor Championships is that the women’s open 3,000m race has been dropped.  The women’s 3,000m race had been contested at Outdoor Heps since 1979.  There are no changes for the men’s championships.

How much will these changes impact the outcome of Heps?  Let’s look at last year’s results and do some quick math.  I removed the points from the outdoor 3,000m to the women’s outdoor final point totals.  The Indoor Heps points is a little trickier as two events events were added (I’m not attempting to guess how the DMR finishes would go), so my rescoring methodology was to score from the end of season rankings as shown on TFRRS for these respective events and not include any athletes who had scored in the closest equivalent events (for the men’s 200m, it would be the 60m and 400m; women, 400m, 800m, and mile scorers were not included for the 500m and 1,000m scorings).  While it might not be uncommon for a person to do the 60-200 or 200-400 double, previous Heps results did not show many people who ran either the 500m or 1,000m ever doubling with a close event equivalent.  NOTE: this is all hypothetical:

  • For the men at Indoor Heps, Cornell would have theoretically received the biggest gain with the addition of the 200m (+18), so they would have only increased their point distance between Princeton for the team title (163 to 119).  Princeton (+2), Harvard (+1), and Yale (+10) also would have benefited with the 200m.  The only change in the team the standing would have been between Yale and Penn for 7th and 8th place, with Yale now passing Penn in the team standings.
  • For the women at Indoor Heps, the battle for 2nd place would be much tighter going into the DMR.  Columbia would have benefited the most according to my calculations, gaining 17 points on Dartmouth and passing them in the team standings.  Cornell (+15), Brown (+14), Harvard (+8), and Princeton (+8) also would have benefited but their final team rankings would not have changed.  I did not include the DMR in these point totals as I’m not going to guess how the coaches will determine their relay lineups.  If anything, the DMR results would enhance the competition between Columbia and Dartmouth on who would finish 2nd or 3rd at that championship.
  • At Outdoor Heps, both Harvard and Dartmouth women would have both lost 12 points as they each had 2 scorers in the open 3,000m, so the team title would not have changed.  The only change in the team standings would have been between Columbia and Princeton –  Columbia would have lost 6 points, dropping them from 88 to 82, while Princeton had no scorers in the 3,000m so they would have maintained their 86 point total.   As a result, Princeton would have finished 4th in the standings, while Columbia would have finished in 5th.

But the past is the past.  We’ll find out on February 28th and March 1st at Harvard on how these changes will impact Indoor Heps.

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