iHeps17 – Men’s Long Distance

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We know that the distance races will each have first-time champions in those disciplines, which means that coaches will be jockeying for maximum team points. Yale senior James Randon (New Caanan, Conn.) could be an interesting case. Given that he is just one of four sub-4 milers who could run the four-lapper, he appears to have better odds to win the 3,000-meter run. He has the season’s best time of 8:03.80, set at the BU Valentine Invitation, and no one who has run well this year has ever run faster. So does he expend a lot of energy in the mile-3k double? There are seven runners within three-and-a-half seconds of one another behind Randon, including Cornell senior David Taylor (Charlottesville, Va.), Princeton senior William Paulson (Tetbury, U.K.) and Randon’s senior teammate Andre Ivankovic (Clemson, S.C.). Cornell senior Mark Tedder (Battle Ground, Wash.) isn’t ranked this year, but did flirt with a sub-8 time last winter and finished fourth in the mile run at Indoor Heps.

The 5k sets up similarly with a notable favorite in Princeton senior William Bertrand (Clarksburg, Md.), who ran 14:10 at BU earlier this month. That is 13 seconds ahead of the rest of the field this year, but there is a logjam of runners within 10 seconds of each other behind Bertrand, the two fastest have been Penn Quakers Brendan Shearn (Asland, Pa.) and Chris Luciano (Mountain Lakes, N.J.). Given what he did during the cross country season, Princeton freshman Conor Lundy (Tuckahoe, N.Y.) — who has run sparingly this winter — should not be dismissed. Not a single runner is ranked among the top 10 in both events this year, so don’t expect to see a 10th double winner, which was last accomplished by two-time Olympian Donn Cabral of Princeton in 2011. — Brett Hoover

3,000m run

Finals: Saturday, 3:55 pm

Heps Record
7:51.52 — Maksim Korolev (Harvard, 2014)

Championship Record
7:56.84 — Jim Sapienza (Dartmouth, 1983)

2017 Top 10
8:03.80 — James Randon (Yale)
8:06.58 — David Taylor (Cornell)
8:07.58 — William Paulson (Princeton)
8:08.83 — Andre Ivankovic (Yale)
8:09.28 — Brian Zabilski (Columbia)
8:09.35 — Connor Clark (Dartmouth)
8:09.85 — Kieran Tuntivate (Harvard)
8:10.06 — Ryan Thomas (Columbia)
8:12.68 — Martin Martinez (Brown)
8:13.11 — Julian Heninger (Dartmouth)

5,000m run

Finals: Sunday, 1:50 pm

Heps Record
13:42.56 — Maksim Korolev (Harvard, 2014)

Championship Record
13:53.22 — Jason Stewart (Army, 1994)

2017 Top 10
14:10.68 — William Bertrand (Princeton)
14:23.76 — Brendan Shearn (Penn)
14:24.48 — Chris Luciano (Penn)
14:27.87 — Stephen Bourguet (Brown)
14:27.96 — Robert Stone (Princeton)
14:32.25 — Peter Geithner (Dartmouth)
14:32.47 — Wolfgang Beck (Princeton)
14:33.86 — Kevin Monogue (Penn)
14:36.24 — Kyle Dotterer (Dartmouth)
14:40.90 — George Miao (Columbia)

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