iHeps17 – Men’s Throws

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The last time fans at Indoor Heps were able to watch someone who’d already competed as a U.S. Olympian? Sixty-four years ago when Columbia long jumper George Shaw won the 1953 Heps title (23-5 1/4) after his Olympic triple jump debut at the 1952 Helsinki Games. But now Heps’ fans have a chance to see senior Rudy Winkler (Averill Park, N.Y.), who threw the hammer at the Rio Olympics last summer. Of course, those fans have known Winkler to be something special for quite a while. He has won the last two Heps’ weight throw titles and broke the all-time League mark held by fellow Olympian Conor McCullough this winter when he hurled the 35-pound implement 76-6 1/4 at Penn State. That mark is currently third nationally. At Heps, he will need to throw well (75-3 1/4) to erase McCullough’s championship record, which seemed unbeatable when the Princetonian set it in 2012. Amazingly, if Winkler isn’t throwing his best he could be pushed by Princeton sophomore Adam Kelly (Barrington, R.I.), who is ranked 10th nationally at 71-9 (third-best in Heps history). Brown sophomore Owen Russell (Attleboro, Mass,) has thrown 65-11 this year, a mark that would have won 61 of the 69 previous Indoor Heps.

The shot put also has a prohibitive favorite — Princeton senior Christopher Cook (Washington, D.C.) — to repeat as a champion. He has the best throw of the season (60-0 1/2) by about two-and-a-half feet, but has thrown nearly two feet further in the past. His best mark in each of his last six competitions would stand as the League’s 2017 best, so you’d think he might be poised for a breakout throw at Heps. His top threats at Heps will be Harvard senior Julian Nunally (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Princeton junior Mitchel Charles (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Penn senior Noah Kennedy-White (Jericho, N.Y.), who had a strong heave at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday. Nunally and Charles have both been beyond 57 feet this winter. — Brett Hoover

Shot put

Finals: Sunday, 2 pm

Heps & Championship Record
68-2 1/2 — Stephen Mozia (Cornell, 2014)

2017 Top 10
60-0 1/2 — Christopher Cook (Princeton)
57-7 — Julian Nunally (Harvard)
57-2 3/4 — Mitchel Charles (Princeton)
55-8 1/2 — Noah Kennedy-White (Penn)
54-10 — Jacob Hoops (Yale)
54-5 1/2 — Aaron Comery (Brown)
54-5 1/4 — Billy Bishop (Penn)
54-1 — Nigel Despinasse (Brown)
53-0 — Lucas Ribeiro (Dartmouth)
53-0 — Jared Bell (Princeton)

Weight throw

Finals: Saturday, 1 pm

Heps Record
76-6 1/4 — Rudy Winkler (Cornell, 2017)

Championship Record
75-3 1/4 — Conor McCullough (Princeton, 2012)

2017 Top 10
76-6 1/4 — Rudy Winkler (Cornell)
71-9 — Adam Kelly (Princeton)
65-11 — Owen Russell (Brown)
60-5 1/4 — Tim Brennan (Dartmouth)
59-7 1/2 — Sean Ryan (Penn)
59-2 3/4 — Josh Whitener (Harvard)
59-0 3/4 — Vic Youn (Princeton)
58-8 1/2 — Noah Kennedy-White (Penn)
58-3 1/4 — Mitchel Charles (Princeton)
57-2 3/4 — Aaron Comery (Brown)

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