We have just a little over two weeks to go until Outdoor Heps return to New Haven, Conn. So, do we have any idea on how Outdoor Heps will pan out?
We do, if we look at the outdoor season’s performance lists on TFRRS.org.
We scored the performance lists with Outdoor Heps scoring (10-8-6-4-2-1) to see who could win the meet based on the performances through this past weekend. Please note that this scoring reflects the performances through April 17th. We did not divide points up for ties and we didn’t try to guess who would really compete in what (as a result, many of the long distance events, relays, and multi-events are somewhat sparse as not many people have competed in them yet). We share our scoring of the event groups in the tables below:
|Sprints Hurdles||Mid-Distance||Long Distance||Relays||Vert Jumps||Horiz Jumps||Throws||Multi-Event||Total Score||Rank|
|Sprint Hurdles||Mid-Distance||Long Distance||Relays||Vert Jumps||Horiz Jumps||Throws||Multi-event||Total Score||Rank|
There are not that many wind-aided performances – only seven for the men and six for the women across five events where the wind can really impact the results. Only three squads have had any of their athletes contest a heptathlon/decathlon (Dartmouth and Harvard women), while only five squads across both genders have raced a 4×800 relay (Yale, Columbia, and Cornell women). A lot of “no times” will be entered in the long distance events come race day, so the scoring distribution will change.
However, we feel that these tables do show us who the main title contenders are. Princeton men are the early favorites with their near 30 point cushion, while Penn and Cornell will do their bests to close the gap. Meanwhile, the Penn women are the slight favorites over three-time defending champion Harvard, but five points can easily be made up.
We’ll share updates on this potential scoring in 2 weeks as we publish our event previews during HepsWeek.
photo by Bill Shearn