2014-15: Continuing Excellence on All Levels


Going into the 2014-15 academic year, I figured it was going to be hard for HepsNation to top the success they produced during the 2013-14 seasons.  But going back through the stories, results, and news we’ve posted during the 2014-15 time frame, I realized that while we may not have succeeded in besting 2013-14 in terms of numbers, but HepsNation still excelled nonetheless.

How good was HepsNation?  Here’s my list:

  • One NCAA national champion
  • Eight All-Americans undergraduates (either top 8 in track & field or top 40 in cross country)
  • 14 NCAA Cross Country Championship competitors
  • 6 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship competitors
  • 25 individuals (includes 1 relay) at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship
  • 3 new Indoor Ivy League records
  • 6 new Outdoor Ivy League records
  • 6 new Indoor Heps meet records
  • 9 new Outdoor Heps meet records
  • 71 individuals on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team 
  • 6 individuals honored with CoSIDA All-Academic Honors
  • 1 National Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 3 coaches recognized regionally for their coaching success (indoors and outdoors)
  • Continued success for HepsNation alumni on the NCAA scene, including 1 national champion, three Indoor All-Americans, and three Outdoor All-Americans.
  • HepsNation members earning berths for IAAF World Championships in cross country and outdoor track and field (including 1 national champion)
  • Two HepsNation members participating in world record performances on the track

On top of that, we got to share of some stories of behind the scenes at TrackTown USA, father-son competition, a fun Twitter challenge between a HepsNation pro and one of the best athletes in the NBA, correcting the record books in regards to wind-readings, sharing our personal perspectives at the Penn Relays (a six part series, starting here), alumni making a difference for some New England middle schoolers, an Olympic double medalist making the Track & Field Hall of Fame, and making convincing arguments on why NCAA Championships need to be brought back to Philadelphia.  There are plenty more things that we shared throughout the year – have fun looking back through the webpages and enjoy the reading.

We will continue to dive back into the 2014-15 season over these next few days as we recognize some of the best athletes and performances among the levels of rookies, track, field, and alumni.  It has been a bit of challenge to narrow the field, but I feel that the resulting honors will provide a good summary of what kind of year it has been.

photo from Sideline Photo’s collection from Outdoor Heps

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