The Heptagonal Championships at Penn this year may be won by the Princeton men, the indoor champions. If they manage to win the championship at Franklin Field after placing 2nd last year, they would have relied on their horizontal jumpers. A total of 36 points was scored from these two events indoors and they might equal or surpass that total outdoors.
Jake Scinto (Princeton) is the top returner in the men’s long jump from last year (4th) and has the top legal jump this year of 24′ 3″. His teammates, Tumi Akinlawon (2nd indoors) and Greg Leeper (indoor champ) complete a formidable trio as they occupy three of the top five jumps this outdoor season. Cornell counters with a duo that could break up this outdoor sweep of Ryan Hynes (23′ 1/2″) and Justin Love (24′ 4 1/4″w), 4th and 5th indoors respectively. Perhaps the most dangerous leaper is Thomas Pitt (Penn) who was 4th last year and has already jumped 24′ 3/4″ outdoors. He could possibly sneak between Cornell and Princeton for the win. The defending champ, Harvard’s Elliot Safo, has yet to jump this year.
Two foreign athletes from England look to battle for the men’s triple jump title. Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi (Princeton) has the best outdoor jump of 51′ 4 1/4″ and was third last year, meanwhile Efe Uwaifo (Harvard) is the indoor champ and placed 2nd last year. Uwaifo, who is an 2014 Honorable All-American, has a best jump is 49′ 8 1/2″ this year. Look for these two to separate themselves from the competition. Possibly the best one to close the gap between these two would be frosh Lane Russell (Princeton) who has a 50′ 8″ jump indoors, but has only jumped 47′ 7 1/4″ so far outdoors. Robert Plummer (Cornell) placed 4th last year and Taylor Alarcon (Brown) scored indoors with a 3rd place finish, so both should figure in the outdoor results. Corey Muggler (Dartmouth) has the 5th best outdoor jump of 48′ 9″ and looks to move up from his 7th place finish last year.
– Kelsey Armstrong
Owusu-Nyantekyi photo by Steve Raurk; Scinto photo by Doug Austin