iHeps ’16 – Multis
The heptathlon has the makings of a significant point grab for Princeton, Dartmouth and Cornell, as these schools lead the current league rankings. After his third place finish last year, Cornell’s Austin Jamerson
has exploded this year with a 5,654 point total, #2 all time and currently ranked #13 in the country. Jamerson has a shot of resetting the meet record of 5,645 points, set in 2004 by Dartmouth’s Mustafa Abdur-Rahim. The defending champion, Nico Robinson
of Dartmouth, also has a chance to regain his title if Jamerson falters. He is a member of a trio of Big Green men – Ben Colello
and Benjamin Ose
– who could possibly score. The last returning scorer, Bryan Oslin
of Princeton, could move up from his sixth place finish from last year. Teammate Jake Scinto
has the second best conference performance and has top three potential. But there is always a chance of a new name or two joining the competition to complete their first heptathlon of the year.
The pentathlon seems to be very similar to its male counterpart, where Dartmouth and Princeton seem poised to gain serious points for the team title race. The star of the event is Princeton’s Taylor Morgan. The defending champ has improved her score this year with a 4,050 point performance, #3 all time in the league and currently sixteenth in the country. Her teammate, Kerry Krause, was fifth last year and is posed to move up with her#3 conference ranking. Last year’s runner up, Allison Frantz (Dartmouth) could show an improvement in form and push Morgan for the title like she did last year. but rookie teammate, Maria Garman, seems to be the best challenger with a #2 conference performance. Frances Lodge will add to Princeton’s point total. The only other school’s entrant who should score at the time being would be Penn’s Noel Jancewicz who ranked #4 in the league. It should be noted that Harvard’s Madison Hansen has attempted two pentathlons this season so far but has yet to complete the full event (in fact, she hasn’t competed since early January), but if she does complete the full pentathlon this weekend, she could improve upon her third place finish from a year ago.
photo by Doug Austin
– L. Kelsey Armstrong