iHeps ’16 – Men’s Horizontals
While last year’s battle in the men’s long jump was won by a 1-2-3 Princeton sweep, a similar circumstance looks possible by its main rival, Cornell, this year. This could be a crucial event for Cornell to win the team title on home soil.
Cornell has six out of the top ten performers this season, led by Alex Rodriguez (24-07), who was ninth in this event last year. He is followed by Kelsey Nedd, Austin Jamerson (who is also a heptathlete but could still double), Logan Kreglow, Ryan Hynes and Justin Love. These Cornellians have all jumped farther than 23 feet this season. Princeton counters with Jake Scinto (also a heptathlete) and defending Indoor Heps champion, Greg Leeper, who appears not to be in form at this time. Scinto could break up the Cornell stranglehold, but the strongest contender would be #2 ranked Corey Muggler of Dartmouth, who has a season’s best of 24-06 1/2. He finished eighth last year and could move up significantly at Barton Hall.
The triple jump has a variety of contenders for scoring honors from multiple schools. Harvard’s Eke Uwaifo is the defending champion and should be tough to beat, despite only competing once this season. Cornell’s Bobby Plummer has returned to compete indoors and has steadily improved to have the #1 jump in the conference (51-03 1/2). Uwaifo and Plummer are the only athletes who have jumped farther than 50 feet this season. Muggler is ranked #3 in the event and should lead the group behind the first two. Last year scorers, Taylor Alarcon (Brown) and Lane Russell (Princeton) could figure into the scoring, along with newcomer Stefan Smokwandah (Princeton) and veteran Sean Waterton (Cornell). All are just shy of the the magical fifty foot barrier. Any breakout performance in this event, could tilt a team’s fortunes dramatically.
image of Leeper by Doug Austin; image of Uwaifo by Andrew Seng
– L. Kelsey Armstrong