Filling Out Record Books


It’s Thursday, and time for our latest item that is related to a “Throwback Thursday” theme.  This time around, we’re focusing on Ivy League records.  Over the last month or so, two HepsTrack contributors dived into old track and field databases, record books, and race results to better fill out our website record books.  We have their work now published on the website.

Becky Wexler (Cornell ’99) combed through various online sources to identify some of the best undergraduate performances that were considered “wind-aided” (winds recorded over 2 meters per second at the time of the performance).  Not many sources kept track of these marks, but she was able to find some for the sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps.  Many of these marks were set in the last few years.  Feel free to check them out in our outdoor men and women all-time marks.

Josh Seeherman (Penn ’01) did some extra digging as he wanted to answer “what are the best marks EVER done by an Ivy League athlete?”  These marks included performances done after the athlete graduated from an Ivy League school – i.e. graduate students finishing up their eligibility elsewhere, professional status.  Out of the main outdoor events contested, eight of the men’s marks and twelve of the women’s marks are also current in-season conference records.  In addition, two of the best women’s marks come from the indoor season.  Princeton alumna Lynn Jennings (shown above) holds the most All-Time Heps marks with four, ranging from the mile up to the 10km. The compiled list is available now through the “Records” menu tab at the top of the page (or you can go to this link directly).

Like any record book, these lists are always changing. If you know of any changes that need to be made to either one of these new record book subsets, feel free to contact us and let us know what needs to be changed or added.

Thanks to Becky and Josh for their hard work on this!

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