oHeps17 — Horizontal Jumps

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If the season performance lists come to reality at Outdoor Heps, then Harvard would earn 34 points in just the long and triple jumps and those points would come from three athletes — sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.), who is the top seed in the long jump, freshman Simi Fajemisin (Oxford, U.K.), the top seed in triple jump and No. 2 seed in long jump, and rookie Zoe Hughes (Hornchurch, U.K.), the third-ranked long jumper. Hughes’ mark came during a heptathlon competition, but she did compete in both the long jump and pentathlon at Indoor Heps this year. It would not be far-fetched to see her on the runway on Saturday morning, especially given the expectedly tight team battle.

Both Thomas and Fajemisin have soared beyond 20 feet in the long jump this season, and yes, those marks are wind-legal, so we could see our first 20+ leap at Outdoor Heps since 2010 this weekend. Meanwhile, Fajemisin is on the verge of reaching 42 feet in the triple jump. Thomas can also triple jump, but she hasn’t done so since the 2016 indoor season, so Fajemisin may be the sole Crimson athlete to score in the triple. Can Harvard get these 34 points? Not if the rest of the conference has anything to say about it.

Columbia senior Anna Williams (Alexandria, Va.) has scored in both horizontal jumps in previous Heps championships, but she’s a stronger triple jumper with an outdoor personal best of 42-4, which she did at Outdoor Heps to win the event a year ago. Williams and Fajemisin had a great duel at Indoor Heps and we expect another battle between them on Sunday. Williams’ freshman teammate Maryam Hassan (Cresskill, N.Y.) is also another potential scorer in the triple jump, but she will need to hold off Brown freshman Zion Lewis (Canton, Ga.) and Cornell senior Gaynelle Boham (Cliffwood, N.J.) as they all disrupt the sand at about 39 feet. In the long jump, there are three other athletes — Cornell junior Claudia Dabrowski (Toms River, N.J.), Brown sophomore Rachel McMahon (New York, N.Y.), and Brown junior Carly Paul (Fort Collins, Colo.) — who have gone beyond 19 feet this spring while Dartmouth freshman Cha’Mia Rothwell (Durham, N.C.) won the indoor long jump in February with a 20-3, yet she hasn’t broken 19 so far outdoor. — Mary Boggs

Long jump

Final: Saturday, 11 am

Heps Record
6.58 (21-07.25) — Jeomi Maduka (Cornell, 2008)

Championship Record
6.48 (21-03.25) — Jeomi Maduka (Cornell, 2008)

2017 Top 10
6.27 (20-07.00) — Gabby Thomas (Harvard)
6.15 (20-02.25) — Simi Fajemisin (Harvard)
5.99 (19-08.00) — Zoe Hughes (Harvard)
5.93 (19-05.50) — Claudia Dabrowski (Cornell)
5.89 (19-04.00) — Carly Paul (Brown)
5.76 (18-10.75) — Cha’Mia Rothwell (Dartmouth)
5.70 (18-08.50) — Elena Brown-Soler (Penn)
5.66 (18-07.00) — Rachel McMahon (Brown)
5.64 (18-06.00) — Brittany Stenekes (Cornell)
5.53 (18-01.75) — Maryam Hassan (Columbia)

Triple jump

Final: Sunday, 11 am

Heps Record
13.71 (44-11.75) — Diana Wills (Army, 1990)

Championship Record
13.36 (43-10.00) — Diana Wills (Army, 1990)

2017 Top 10
12.78 (41-11.25) — Simi Fajemisin (Harvard)
12.71 (41-08.50) — Anna Williams (Columbia)
12.15 (39-10.50) — Maryam Hassan (Columbia)
12.01 (39-05.00) — Gaynelle Boham (Cornell)
11.92 (39-01.25) — Zion Lewis (Brown)
11.81 (38-09.00) — Kerri Davidson (Princeton)
11.69 (38-04.25) — Folasade Akinfe (Dartmouth)
11.60 (38-00.75) — Bridget van Dorsten (Brown)
11.58 (38-00.00) — Floriane Kameni (Harvard)
11.54 (37-10.50) — Caitlin Cole (Columbia)

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