Men’s Shot Put: Sunday, 2pm
Men’s Weight Throw: Saturday, 4pm
We will be seeing a lot of Cornell red and Princeton orange/black on the throwing podium this weekend as both teams have three men that can score well in either one of these events. The defending champs are back and both are looking to extend their reigns for another season.
Stephen Mozia, who rewrote the throwing record books last year, has been consistently throwing further than 60 feet in the shot put during this indoor season. His season’s best of 63-06 is better than what he was throwing at this time last year, but it isn’t as close to his conference record of 68-02 ¼ as he would like. Only one other athlete has joined Mozia beyond the 60 foot mark in this event so far this season – Princeton’s Chris Cook, who threw 60-02 at Penn State to beat Mozia.
Mozia’s teammate Bryan Rhodes is sitting at the top of the weight throw rankings with 67-05 ½ (the #10 best thrower all-time). Rhodes will need to keep an eye on his teammate Rudy Winkler, who has been steadily improving his weight performance in each meet he has competed in this indoor season. Winkler beat Rhodes earlier this season at the Spire D1 Invitational, where Winkler threw his season’s best of 65-10 ½. Add in Mozia (who’s 3rd in the conference with 64-05), and Cornell could be earning a valuable 24 points in this event alone.
Princeton could earn up to 18 points in the shot put as they have throwing trio who can make the podium: Cook, Mitchel Charles, and Scott Rushton. Rushton finished 3rd at the 2014 Indoor Heps, while rookie Charles wants to make a good impact at his first Heps. Princeton does not have anyone in the weight throw in scoring contention so they will need to finish well to keep up with the Big Red. If Mozia has another off Indoor Heps, one of these Tigers could slip in for the top spot.
There are a few other men who could break up the Cornell and Princeton battle on the podium. In previous years, the Harvard men had been rather dominant in the throws as they had two to four athletes score in each event. This year, they will have to rely on two athletes only. Ben Glauser, a former Indoor Heps champion in both the shot put and weight throw, hasn’t competed since the end of January but he joins Mozia as the only other athlete who is in the top 6 in both events. Josh Whitener has potential to break up a Cornell 1-2-3 in the weight throw, but he would need a personal best in order to do so. Meanwhile, Brown has a strong force with Courtland Clavette (shot put, 6th last year), Matthew O’Hara (weight throw), and Phuong Truong (weight throw). Penn hopes to break into the scoring positions with either Sam Mattis or Marcus LaRoche.
– Mary Boggs (Harvard ’06)