The Winds of Change


For 20 years, the Ivy League record book has been wrong. Yet the 10 years before that it was right. Today — here at HepsTrack at least — we are going back to right.

Here’s what happened. On a windy day in early May back in 1985, the Outdoor Heps Championship was taking place at Harvard Stadium. I’ve heard from many that it was really windy. Over at Logan Airport the wind speed was 12 miles an hour with gusts up to 36 mph. Wind legal track marks are basically those under 4.7 miles per hour.

But the results of that meet, as published in the following year’s Ivy League record book, did not reference the winds in the official results of the long jump. Two guys — Eugene Profit of Yale and Chris Chrysostomou of Cornell — pulled a Beamon that day, both soaring 7.97 meters (26-2) to share the Heps title and break the meet record by 15 inches. Two others — Jay Diamond of Princeton and Doug Wiggins, Profit’s Yale teammate — also soared well beyond 25 feet, a mark no one had ever bested at Heps.

There has always been controversy about those marks, but I have never seen a document that indicated that they were wind-assisted. But those winds of controversy kicked up again recently. Cornell’s record book recently added a “w” to Chrysostomou’s 26-2. Today Diamond, the third-place finisher, emailed us to let us know that all the marks were windy that day. So I decided to take a closer look at history.

Like I said, the 1985-86 Ivy League record book did not give wind readings. But subsequent record books did not have the 26-2 jumps as the record, instead listing the 1975 winning leap of Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace as the record. Funny thing in retrospective is that Vanderpool-Wallace’s 24-11 was wind-assisted. But in 1994 Princeton’s Jonathan Kron leapt 25-5 1/4 and the 1994-95 record book celebrated that as the new record.

But then I can only imagine that an intern decided to update the track records, because for the first time — in 1995-96 — Profit and Chrysostomou were listed as the long jump record holders. It would be understandable, given that those results never listed wind readings. Those two have been listed as the standard bearers ever since. Until today.

There is enough evidence to add the ‘w’ next to those marks and HepsTrack now posts the long jump record holder for the Outdoor Heps Championships as Brown’s Jeff Nord, who soared 25-11 in 1997. A little more on Nord, today he is a marriage and family therapist in the Los Angeles area. His twin brother, Dan, was a near 25-foot long jumper at Penn.  Meanwhile, the new conference record belongs to Princeton’s Ugwunna Ikpeowo as he broke 26-feet by a hair with 26-00 1/4 at the 1996 IC4A championships.

Apologies to all who’ve been affected, but history sometimes changes. Two guys lose a record they never had. One guy gets recognition that he’s lacked for 18 years.

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