Pentathlon – Saturday, 10:45am
Heptathlon – Saturday, 11:45am | Sunday, 11:00am
There are a lot of young faces in the season event listings for the heptathlon, but we expect the experience to win out in the end. Brown’s Peter Rhodes is back and looking to defend his Indoor Heps crown. Based on the event standings, he is in good shape. His season’s best of 5,221 points is almost 200 points ahead of the next athlete, Cornell’s Austin Jamerson. Jamerson finished 5th in this event last year. Nico Robinson of Dartmouth is the only other 2014 returner who has competed in 2015, and he is 3rd in the event listings going into iHeps. Rhodes’ biggest competition is from an athlete who has yet to contest a heptathlon this year – Princeton’s Stephen Soerens, who finished as the runner up to Rhodes at Indoor Heps last year. We would be surprised to not see his name on the heptathlon entry lists on Friday evening.
There is going to be a new champion for the pentathlon as four-time winner Janae Dunchack has graduated. The women’s multi battle is going to focus on Princeton’s Taylor Morgan and Harvard’s Madison Hansen. Morgan has the top score going into Indoor Heps, as her 3,777 score from the Penn State National Invitational ranks as the 10th best all-time. But Hansen is the top returner from last year, with her 2014 Indoor Heps mark of 3,791 points being the 7th best all-time. Dartmouth freshman Allison Frantz is looking to extend Dartmouth’s five-year winning streak in this event as she holds the #2 season’s best performance going into the meet. Based on the performance listings, Harvard could get a huge points boost as they have three athletes in the scoring positions (Hansen, Allison Morrison, Jackie Modesett), while Princeton has two (Morgan, Kerry Krause).
– Mary Boggs (Harvard, ’06)
photo by Kevin Morris