Just A Little More To Go…

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We still have a few hours before the start of HepsXC 2015.  I – like many other HepsNation members out there – am anxiously waiting for the first notification that the races have begun.

For a reminder of the schedule:

  • The men will start their 5 mile championship run at 11am.  Based on HepsXC history at Van Cortlandt Park, only one man has ever broken 24 minutes for the 5 mile race – Dartmouth’s Ben True in 2008.  I anticipate the first runners to come through in around 24:30 today.
  • The women will kick off their 6km championship run at noon.  Heps athletes have never run a 6km at Van Cortlandt Park – it’s only been done at Princeton, which is believed to be a faster course.  Even at Princeton, there has only been one woman who ever broken 20 minutes for the 6km – Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino in 2013.  I don’t think 20:30 will be broken on this course tomorrow, but it could be pretty close given the field.

Also, some other cool details for today.  There will be LIVE RESULTS available through LeoneTiming.com.  The results will include splits for both races (Men at distances 2.1km, 4.1km, 5km, 7.1km, and finish; Women at distances 3.1km, 4.1km, and finish).  Thank you LeoneTiming and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park for allowing the timing to take place.

So, what else can we do in these last few hours?

I could recommend more reading material.  There have been other meet previews published on the internet these last few days.  Check them out below:

Speaking of Letsrun.com, they published the result of their conference prediction polls early this morning (numbers in parentheses are the number of 1st place votes).  Feel free to join the Letsrun discussion here.

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Unfortunately, we will not have any members of the Hepstrack.com team present at the meet today.  We will do our best to get the results up in a timely manner once the races are done.

If you want the instantaneous results, you will need to go onto social media.  Twitter has been a reliable reporting source for the last few Heps Championships – look for content under the #HepsXC or #IvyHeps (the Ivy League “official” hashtag for the event…).

But with the ever evolving platform of social media, a new app will be debuting for HepsXC 2015 – Snapchat.  Snapchat is a video messaging application where users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients.  Search for your favorite teams – Penn’s official account is “PennTrack” – or you could follow the Ivy League at “IvyLeagueSports”.  If you know of any other official team accounts, let us know and we will share.

Our request to those who are there – feel free to abuse the social media environment with photos, videos, tweets, comments for the rest of us who cannot be there in person to soak in the atmosphere!  Perhaps one of these years, we could get a live web stream of the races like they are starting to do at the NCAA XC Championships **hint hint**

But good luck to all student-athletes today.

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