What A Day One!

Men’s Day 1 Results | Women’s Day 1 Results

The first day at Indoor Heps yielded eight meet records and, in many cases, showed a depth never before found in the Ivy League.

• Above are the top finishers in the men’s weight throw. Cornell senior Rudy Winkler busted a League record with a throw of 23.05 meters (75-7 1/2), but not far behind was Princeton sophomore Adam Kelly, who posted a huge personal best with a toss of 22.62 meters (74-2 1/2). Winkler — the first athlete to compete at Indoor Heps after representing the U.S. in the Olympic Games since 1953 — is ranked third nationally while Kelly moves up to sixth. The meet record Winkler broke was Conor McCullough’s. “Conor was one of my role models growing up and I have been chasing his marks,” said Winkler. “Finally got one.”

• It can mean something, or it can mean nothing. But we’ve been tracking the number of Saturday event qualifiers into Sunday for several years now. On the men’s side, the results are far more flat than they’ve ever been. Cornell leads the way with 13 followed by Princeton and Dartmouth with 10 each. Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Brown each had seven with Penn just one back at six. But the women’s is surprising as front-runner Harvard had just six advancements in the eight qualifying events. Princeton, Dartmouth and Penn shared the lead with 11 apiece followed by Cornell (9), Columbia (8), Brown (6) and Yale (4). On quick theory is that Harvard, still expected to win the women’s title, has less room for unpleasant surprises than the others.

• The tireless Mary Boggs re-scored the meet after Saturday’s events, using updated rank order lists to plot the finalists and other final entries. On the women’s side, she has Harvard with about a 30-point lead over Columbia and Penn. Princeton and Dartmouth are each in striking distance of second place in Mary’s configuration. On the men’s side, she still has Princeton as a prohibitive favorite over Cornell, but the Big Red have a significant gap over a third-place logjam of Penn, Yale, Harvard and Dartmouth. Let’s see how the paper game plays out.

• Four sprinters in the women’s 200 ran sub-24.2 in the prelims, but all eyes are on Harvard soph Gabby Thomas, who broke the Heps Champs mark with a 23.20 (nearly a half second faster than Sharay Hale managed at the 2011 Heps at the Armory). Can she actually get into the 22s in the final? Oh, and just for the heck of it, Thomas posted a conference record 7.29 in the 60-meter prelims as it took 7.56 to make the final! Afterward Thomas tweeted, “Ready to get after these finals tomorrow.” Then she included emojis of a knife and fork.

• The choice to run sub-4 miler James Randon in the 3,000-meter run paid off for the Yale Bulldogs. Not only did he win the race in a time (8:04.87) bettered only by Harvard’s Maksim Korolev and Princeton’s Donn Cabral in the last 20 years, he also paced senior teammate Andre Ivankovic to a second-place finish.

• That wasn’t the only prescient move by Yale Coach Dave Shoehalter. Even though he hadn’t run an indoor 400-meter dash in two years, Shoe entered senior Marc-Andre Alexandre into the 400 instead of the 100- or 200-meter dashes and he responded by running 48.03, the fastest time of the heats. Alexandre can make his coach a genius on Sunday.

• Princeton senior Julia Ratcliffe led the way in the greatest weight throw in League history. She won with a big toss of 20.45 meters (67-1 1/4). But the even bigger news is that to score in the event, you needed to throw 58-2! The longest sixth-place throw at Indoor Heps before today was under 55 feet. “This has definitely been the highest level of competition since I’ve been at Princeton,” said Ratcliffe. “It was awesome to have more people throwing far.”

• Princeton junior August Kiles has been dominate in the pole vault all season and today he cleared a meet-record 5.40 meters (17-8 1/2), breaking Nico Weiler’s 2013 mark. Kiles did give a try at 18-0, which has never been achieved by a Leaguer during the indoor season, but couldn’t manage to clear although he felt he just missed on his final attempt.

• Harvard freshman Zoe Hughes busted Lindsay Taylor’s pentathlon meet record with a score of 4,093 points, running 2:21.62 to finish the 800. She had posted a 19-11 long jump for huge points as well. Hughes now ranks 11th on the NCAA D-I list and the top 16 make the championship cut. Who else is competing in a multi between now and then?

• Dartmouth freshman Cha’Mia Rothwell not only won her first Heps title with a 6.17-meter long jump (20-3), becoming just the seventh 20-footer in League indoor history, she did it while also qualifying for the finals in both the 60-meter dash and hurdles! In fact, her hurdle qualifier was 8.37 seconds, a new Heps Championship record. The top six times in the hurdles came from freshmen.

• Harvard freshman Anthony DeNitto had been battling the flu this week, but was entered in both the heptathlon and the long jump today. After one event, he withdrew from the multi-event (which is permissible by League rules) and focused on the long jump. The result? He won the event with a best of 7.37 meters (24-2 1/4).

• Princeton senior Allison Harris — who became the first Ivy League to clear 14 feet in the pole vault last week — matched her meet record today, getting over the bar at 4.15 meters (13-7 1/4). Just for the heck of it, she also qualified for Sunday’s 60-meter hurdles final.

• While Princeton junior Carrington Akosa has won every Indoor Heps’ 200-meter dash title ever, he no longer has the meet record. Penn sophomore Calvary Rogers — who lost to Akosa by .02 in last year’s final — ran a meet record in the prelims, finishing his heat in 21.54. Akosa — who had the fastest heat time in the 60 (6.77) — had a chance to reclaim his mark just minutes later, but came up short in lane three. If you ran slower than 22-flat, there wasn’t a place for you in the Sunday’s final.

• Columbia senior Henna Rustami turned up the heat in the Armory in the 3,000-meter run final, passing Harvard standout freshman Judy Pendergast on the final turn to take the win in 9:34.66. Rustami became just the second Lion champion in the event. Pendergast remains the favorite in Sunday’s 5k.

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