iHeps15: Men’s Verticals

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Schedule:
Men’s Pole Vault Finals – Saturday, 2:00pm
Men’s High Jump Finals – Sunday, 2:30pm

This year’s high jump competition for the men will feature many new faces, with Jeremy Birck (Dartmouth) as the only returning scorer from last year. His career best jump came at last year’s iHeps. Birck is in a five-way tie for sixth right now in the rankings, the pack only 4” off of the leader Stephen Afadapa (Cornell). Both Cornell and Penn have three jumpers in the top six, with Princeton and Harvard hoping to snag some points in what will surely be a close competition.

And let’s not forget that 2015 is being called the Year of the Vault. The Heps all-time record in the men’s pole vault has been crushed this season – twice! Princeton’s Adam Bragg, currently ranked second, was the first to break the record with his career-best 17’ 9”. Weeks later, Cornell’s Grant Sisserson, 2014 runner-up, bested that by 2.25”. The two are now eleventh and seventeenth in the nation. Almost a foot separates them from the next mark, by Keith Rayburn (Cornell). In the fight for the podium, Cornell and Princeton each have three vaulters within points range. Returner Brendan Sullivan (Yale) and Max Coscullela (Dartmouth) round out the top eight of the field going into a competition that could again rewrite the record book.

– Susan Rodriguez (Columbia, ’13)
photo by Kevin Morris

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