iHeps17 – Men’s Middle Distance

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The Armory has not been kind to Harvard sophomore Myles Marshall (Kingwood, Texas) this winter. He was involved in a four-person pileup in the 800 at the Columbia East-West Challenge and then struggled to stay with the field in the 1,000-meter run at the Millrose Games. But he has also run the third-fastest 800 in League history this year (1:48.17, top 20 nationally) and would be a favorite in the 500, but those trials run back-to-back at Heps. Coach Jason Saretsky will have a hard time figuring out how Marshall could double, so we could see something unusual or a fast single event performance that tires out the competition. Heps’ legends Trinity Gray and Robin Martin each did a 500/1,000 double nearly two decades ago, but those events are also quick turnarounds on both days. Marshall’s schedule won’t be the only thing folks will be looking for when the entries get posted on Friday night.

The fields in the 1,000-meter and mile runs will be fascinating. The League has four senior sub-4 milers — Columbia’s Rob Napolitano (Brick, N.J.), Penn’s Chris Hatler (Sparta, N.J.), Yale’s James Randon (New Caanan, Conn.) and Cornell’s James Gowans (Mexico, N.Y.). In addition there are at least three others who have been within two-and-a-half seconds of breaking four minutes — Dartmouth junior Pat Gregory (Louisville, Ky.), Princeton junior Noah Kauppila (St. Louis, Mo.) and Dartmouth freshman Henry Raymond (Fort Collins, Colo.). Napolitano will be looking to three-peat in the mile, which has been done only by Princeton grad Craig Masback and Harvard alum Adam Dixon. Hatler has certainly been on a roll, a near miss at sub-four, followed by a 3:59.21 at the Millrose Games at the Armory. Meanwhile Kauppila, last year’s 1k champ, recently ran a 2:21 in Boston and will be the favorite if entered. — Brett Hoover

800m run

Trials: Saturday, 3:25 pm
Finals: Sunday, 12:40 pm

Heps Record
1:46.05 — Trinity Gray (Brown, 1997)

Championship Record
1:48.29 — Russell Dinkins (Princeton, 2011)

2017 Top 10
1:48.17 — Myles Marshall (Harvard)
1:50.45 — Max Haensel (Brown)
1:50.87 — Josiah Langstaff (Columbia)
1:51.53 — Zachary Lanigan (Brown)
1:51.80 — Eric Schulz (Princeton)
1:51.81 — Michael Kolor (Harvard)
1:51.85 — Noah Kauppila (Princeton)
1:51.95 — Chris Hatler (Penn)
1:52.35 — Michael Smith (Cornell)
1:52.36 — Jeff Wiseman (Penn)

1,000m run

Trials: Saturday, 3:40 pm
Finals: Sunday, 1 pm

Heps Record
2:19.79 — Adam Dixon (Harvard, 1981)

Championship Record
2:22.94 — Peter Callahan (Princeton, 2011)

2017 Top 10
2:21.52 — Noah Kauppila (Princeton)
2:23.30 — Chris Hatler (Penn)
2:23.85 — Pat Gregory (Dartmouth)
2:24.23 — Rob Napolitano (Columbia)
2:24.70 — Gabe Montague (Harvard)
2:24.80 — Mike Wyman (Brown)
2:24.96 — Myles Marshall (Harvard)
2:24.99 — Sam Ritz (Columbia)
2:25.04 — Dominic Carrese (Dartmouth)
2:25.85 — Jonas Aranda (Harvard)

Mile run

Trials: Saturday, 2:25 pm
Finals: Sunday, 11:10 am

Heps Record
3:57.03 — Thomas Awad (Penn, 2016)

Championship Record
4:01.69 — Steve Mangan (Dartmouth, 2014)

2017 Top 10
3:59.21 — Chris Hatler (Penn)
4:02.07 — James Gowans (Cornell)
4:02.20 — Pat Gregory (Dartmouth)
4:02.49 — Henry Raymond (Dartmouth)
4:03.56 — Rob Napolitano (Columbia)
4:04.63 — James Randon (Yale)
4:04.81 — Andre Ivankovic (Yale)
4:05.87 — Brian Zabilski (Columbia)
4:05.91 — Zachary Albright (Princeton)
4:06.33 — Sam Ritz (Columbia)

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