iHeps17 – Men’s Long Sprints

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There is a short sprinter — Princeton junior Carrington Akosa (Baltimore, Md.) — and a middle-distance specialist — Harvard sophomore Myles Marshall (Kingwood, Texas) — who could jump into a long-sprint race and steal a title or at least a bevy of team points, but let’s assume that they have their hands full in their traditional disciplines. That would leave the podium open for some new blood… and maybe even a little old blood. The last two 400-meter champions are still running, but neither has run the event indoor this winter. Yale senior Marc-Andre Alexandre (Montreal, Que.) was the 2015 champ, but hasn’t gone two laps during the indoor season in nearly two years, instead focusing on the short sprints. Princeton senior Ray Mennin (Bethlehem, Conn.) won last year in Ithaca, but he’s run only 500-meter races so far.

All of that leaves Brown junior Tosin Oyewole (Elkridge, Md.) as the one to watch after he clocked an impressive 47.47 at Boston U.’s Valentine Invitational recently. That time was nearly a second faster than Oyewole had ever run — indoor or outdoor — so he will try to prove that it wasn’t an aberration. Princeton junior Josh Freeman (Chesapeake, Va.) and Cornell senior Tobe Attah (Irving, Texas) have been consistently fast in the 400 in their careers will would take offense to others being called a favorite. Mennin ran a fast 500 time at HYP and Brown junior Zack Emrich (North Kingston, R.I.) is the returning champion in the event, but Emrich’s teammate, junior Max Haensel (Raleigh, N.C.), gapped the field at a recent URI meet and could look to challenge. Oddly, there is not a single runner ranked in the season top 10 in both the 400- and 500-meter dashes. — Brett Hoover

400m dash

Trials: Saturday, 2:50 pm
Finals: Sunday, 11:50 am

Heps & Championship Record
46.34 — Erison Hurtault (Columbia, 2007)

2017 Top 10
47.47 — Tosin Oyewole (Brown)
48.16 — Josh Freeman (Princeton)
48.48 — Nik Zemis (Brown)
48.51 — Tobe Attah (Cornell)
48.64 — James Heckendorn (Harvard)
48.85 — Carrington Akosa (Princeton)
48.95 — Stanford Cooper (Cornell)
48.96 — Matthew Hurst (Harvard)
49.06 — Jacob McLennan (Harvard)
49.35 — Jabari Johnson (Princeton)
49.35 — Chandler Crusan (Yale)

500m dash

Trials: Saturday, 3:10 pm
Finals: Sunday, 12:10 pm

Heps Record
1:00.84 — Michael Greene (Navy, 1987)

Championship Record
1:01.35 — Michael Greene (Navy, 1986)

2017 Top 10
1:02.10 — Myles Marshall (Harvard)
1:03.64 — Ray Mennin (Princeton)
1:03.70 — Amos Cariati (Dartmouth)
1:03.93 — Max Haensel (Brown)
1:03.93 — Phil Gomez (Dartmouth)
1:04.04 — Zack Emrich (Brown)
1:04.34 — Cole Bransford (Princeton)
1:04.44 — Eric Schulz (Princeton)
1:04.60 — Andy Snyder (Cornell)
1:04.63 — Greg Moschella (Yale)

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