iHeps17 – Men’s Vertical Jumps


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In the first 60 years of Indoor Heps, a pole vaulter cleared 17 feet just three times. This year there are seven athletes who’ve gone better than 16-6 and the competition at Heps can springboard some athletes beyond their expectations. The battle is expected to be between past champions Princeton junior August Kiles (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Cornell senior Grant Sisserson (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Those two have flown higher indoor than anyone in League history. Kiles, the 2016 champ, cleared 17-9 1/4 at the Fastrack National Invitation at Ocean Breeze this month while Sisserson, the 2015 champ, got over 17-11 1/4 at a 2015 home meet. Of those in pursuit, only Yale sophomore Austin Laut (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) has cleared 17 with those two this winter. In 2016 — for the first time ever at Indoor Heps — it took a 16-foot clearance to score. Just a quick look at the top 10 list suggests that that is likely to happen again.

The high jump could be an interesting event this year as eight different leapers have cleared 6-8 this winter, but no one put up a big jump in recent weeks. There are three 7-footers in the League and two — Penn junior Mike Monroe (Manhattan, Ill.) and Princeton senior Xavier Bledsoe (St. Louis, Mo.) — are past indoor champions. Bledsoe is the only one to clear seven this winter, but Monroe and Cornell junior Myles Lazarou (Summerfield, N.C.) have done it in the past. Penn, Princeton and Cornell have produced the League champion in the event every year since 2004, when Brown’s Ray Bobrownicki won for the third time. Don’t expect that streak to end at the Armory as the top seven clearances this year have all come from leapers from those schools. — Brett Hoover

High jump

Finals: Sunday, 2 pm

Heps Record
7-6 — Leo Williams (Navy, 1983)

Championship Record
7-3 1/4 — Leo Williams (Navy, 1982)
7-3 1/4 — Tora Harris (Princeton, 2001)

2017 Top 10
7-0 1/4 — Xavier Bledsoe (Princeton)
6-10 1/4 — Myles Lazarou (Cornell)
6-9 3/4 — Michael Monroe (Penn)
6-9 1/2 — Austin Jamerson (Cornell)
6-9 1/2 — Colin Reilly (Princeton)
6-8 3/4 — Andrew Diehl (Princeton)
6-8 3/4 — Lance Yassay (Penn)
6-8 — Donagh Mahon (Harvard)
6-7 — Alex Frye (Dartmouth)
6-6 3/4 — Malick Diomande (Cornell)
6-6 3/4 — Nick McGreivy (Penn)
6-6 3/4 — Michael Koller (Yale)

Pole vault

Finals: Saturday, 1:30 pm

Heps Record
17-11 1/4 — Grant Sisserson (Cornell, 2015)

Championship Record
17-7 3/4 — Nico Weiler (Harvard, 2013)

2017 Top 10
17-9 1/4 — August Kiles (Princeton)
17-2 3/4 — Grant Sisserson (Cornell)
17-0 — Austin Laut (Yale)
16-10 3/4 — Andrew Barlow (Cornell)
16-7 1/4 — Ian West (Harvard)
16-6 3/4 — Max Cosculluela (Dartmouth)
16-6 3/4 — Ben Gaylord (Princeton)
16-5 1/2 — Sean Clarke (Penn)
16-4 3/4 — Robert O’Brien (Columbia)
15-11 — Nathan Fisher (Penn)

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