Defending champion Stephen Mozia (Cornell) will be attempting a four-peat this year in the shot put and join an exclusive club where only three other men are members. He’s in a good position to do so, currently leading the conference by almost six feet. At Indoor Heps, he was the shot put champion. He has surpassed 60’ in all but one outdoor competition this year. The only other thrower in the conference to break 60’ this year outdoors has been Chris Cook (Princeton) this past weekend. He was third last year and runner-up indoors this year. His two teammates Mitchel Charles and Scott Rushton are right behind him with throws in the 57’ range. The three of them could pick up some major points for Princeton in this event. Brown and Penn each have two throwers right behind them, so this event will prove to be a big player in the team standings.
In the discus, two-time defending champion Sam Mattis (Penn) may have to fight to hold off Mozia, who trails him by just three feet this season. Mozia has scored every year, and his throws all season have been fairly consistent. However, Mattis seems to be a step ahead. Courtland Clavette (Brown), last year’s runner-up, is ranked third. He would probably need to throw a PR to catch Mattis and Mozia, but his season’s marks would likely guarantee at least third. He is well ahead of the fourth-ranked mark. Princeton could again pick up some critical team points from their duo of Cook and Charles.
The hammer throw rankings are currently led by Rudy Winkler (Cornell). He did not compete at Heps last year. His best mark so far is 218’ 2” (fifth best in conference history), and he is the only thrower to break 200’ this season. He has done so four out of his five competitions, making him the favorite to take the title. He won the weight throw championship indoors. Colin Minor (Dartmouth) has consistently been over 190’ and will be one to look out for in his first Outdoor Heps. Mozia is currently ranked seventh but should not be overlooked, as he has scored in the past three Heps. Josh Whitener (Harvard) and Vic Youn (Princeton) have also gotten over 190’. Returning scorers Matthew O’Hara (Brown) and Jake Taylor (Princeton) will also be in it, and with good throws they could repeat.
Jacob Shippee (Dartmouth) has a comfortable lead in the javelin season rankings. He is the only one over 200’ this season, and he has accomplished that in his three most recent competitions. He has scored the past two years and will be competing to win this week. His best mark of 209’ 1” leads by 13’, and then there is a tightly packed group of five throwers all within 6’ of each other. His teammate Jim Budzinski could help score some more points for Dartmouth as he’s currently second. He has scored in the past two Heps as well and has broken 200’ in the past. Mark Zavrl (Cornell) is the highest-ranked freshman in third with 196’ 0”. He’s been above 190’ in three of five competitions and stands a good chance at scoring. Another to look out for is last year’s runner-up Richard Bradley (Harvard). He hasn’t thrown close to his best yet this year, but if he has a good meet at Heps, he could shake up the podium.
– Susan Rodriguez
photos by Doug Austin