With the graduation of Cornell’s throwing great Stephen Mozia, the title of shot put champion is open to the taking. Princeton’s Chris Cook has been the “bridesmaid” throughout 2015 but is looking to this weekend to claim his first ever Heps title. He’s the only athlete in the field to ever surpass 60 feet in the shot put, throwing 60-01 ¾ at the end of January. It could be a battle for second place as there are four athletes within two feet of each other. Harvard’s Julian Nunally had a breakthrough at the Harvard Multi Meet by throwing a 7 foot personal best to 57-09 ½ but he has not thrown farther than 55 feet since then. Brown’s Aaron Comery set his season’s best back in December with 56-01 ¼ but like Nunally, he has not thrown farther than 55 feet since then. Mitchel Charles of Princeton has been consistently farther than 55 feet throughout the winter and like Comery, his season’s best was back in December with 57-01.
Cornell almost has a lock on the weight throw title with Rudy Winkler. Winkler – the 2015 Indoor Heps Field MVP and one of the top weight throwers in the nation – is over 6 feet ahead of his closest Ivy competitor, Tiger rookie Adam Kelly. Winkler’s best is 74-10 ½, the best throw by an Ivy Leaguer since 2012. Kelly has adjusted well to the collegiate weight as he entered the Ivy all-time top 10 this past weekend with his season’s best 68-06 ½ throw. Fellow rookie Owen Russell – who Kelly battled against in high school – has also adjusted well to the collegiate equivalent and could likely score high for Brown at his first Heps competition. Matthew O’Hara looks to join Russell on the scoring podium for Brown in the weight throw.
Penn’s Sam Mattis is the most likely athlete to score in both of the throwing events this weekend. This past weekend, he set new personal bests in both the shot put (55-08 ½) and weight throw (60-09 ½) that place him in the top 6 in both events. Mattis will be looking to improve upon his sixth place finishes in both events last year.
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– Mary Boggs