iHeps17 – Men’s & Women’s Multi-Events

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Princeton and Dartmouth have had strong representation in the heptathlon these last few years. And this year is no different. On paper, the Big Green athletes have more experience as Dartmouth has the 2015 Indoor Heps champion Nico Robinson (Stanford, Calif.) and sophomore Benjamin Ose (Eden Prairie, Minn.). Robinson and Ose enter Heps with the top and No. 3 seeds. Robinson appears to be close to his 2015 winning form and Ose has already improved his heptathlon performance by more than 160 points since last year. Meanwhile, the Tigers will be depending on three freshmen — Justice Dixon (Jacksonville, Fla.), Harry Lord (Knutsford, U.K.) and Philip Frost (Fort Worth, Texas) — and sophomore Ryan Ozminkowski (Lodi, Calif.) to help rack up the points for the team race. Defending champion Austin Jamerson (Merrillville, Ind.) of Cornell definitely should not be discounted, even though his season’s best ranks 11th in the conference (ed note: he contested only Day 1 of the heptathlon at the Upstate Invitational, where he was the top collegian in each of the first-day events). He sits among the top five in the conference in three individual events — hurdles, long jump and high jump — and has improved his shot put best by eight inches. Penn’s Luke Knouse (Elliottsburg, Pa.) and Harvard’s Anthony DeNitto (Waban, Mass.) hope to get onto the podium and break up the Green, Orange and Red.

Like the heptathlon, Dartmouth and Princeton could have the most participants in the pentathlon with three apiece, followed by Cornell with two athletes. Dartmouth has the top returning scorer from the 2016 Indoor Heps in sophomore Maria Garman (Scituate, Mass.), a 3,700+ point athlete. Princeton sophomore Frances Lodge (New York, N.Y.) has improved her pentathlon performance by nearly 100 points since this time last year. While these two could potentially earn their first Heps title this Saturday, we expect that the battle for the title will be between Harvard freshman Zoe Hughes (Hornchurch, U.K.) and Brown senior Shanelle DeJournett (Knoxville, Tenn.). These two competed against one another in the pentathlon during the Harvard Multi-Meet in January, and Hughes finished ahead of DeJournett by 62 points (about a four-second difference in the 800-meter run). Hughes is the stronger hurdler and long jumper as she is in the top 10 in the conference over the hurdles and the top three among the long jumpers. But DeJournett is the top high jumper in the League. Expect this to be a great duel on Saturday. — Mary Boggs

Men’s Heptathlon

60m dash: Saturday, 12:25 pm
Long jump: Saturday, 1:05 pm
Shot put: Saturday, 2:45 pm
High jump: Saturday, 4 pm
60m hurdles: Sunday, 10:50 am
Pole vault: Sunday, Noon
1,000m run: Sunday, 3:10 pm

Heps Record
5,744 — Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Dartmouth, 2004)

Championship Record
5,645 — Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Dartmouth, 2004)

2017 Top 10
5,237 — Nico Robinson (Dartmouth)
4,979 — Justice Dixon (Princeton)
4,965 — Benjamin Ose (Dartmouth)
4,809 — Luke Knouse (Penn)
4,645 — Harry Lord (Princeton)
4,612 — Philip Frost (Princeton)
4,551 — James Burns (Princeton)
4,547 — Anthony DeNitto (Harvard)

Women’s Pentathlon

60m hurdles: Saturday, 9:30 am
High jump: Saturday, 10:10 am
Shot put: Saturday, Noon
Long jump: Saturday, 1:45 pm
800m run: Saturday, 3 pm

Heps Record
4,209 — Martina Salander (Harvard, 2013)

Championship Record
4,053 — Lindsay Taylor (Brown, 2001)

2017 Top 10
3,769 — Zoe Hughes (Harvard)
3,640 — Shanelle DeJournett (Brown)
3,532 — Frances Lodge (Princeton)
3,294 — Maria Garman (Dartmouth)
3,128 — Miranda Lawson (Dartmouth)
3,071 — Mary Sieredzinski (Dartmouth)
3,049 — Mikaela Sawyer (Princeton)
3,006 — Maya Hutchinson (Cornell)

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