oHeps17 — Multis

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The heptathlon has been a high scoring event in recent years. The conference record was reset at this meet the last two years and the last time the winning score did not break 5,000 points was back in 2012. Last year, the top five finishers each scored more than 5,000 points, but none of them return. Yet we do expect the winner to again top 5k this year, but how many other athletes will join her?

The odds-on favorite for the heptathlon title goes to Harvard freshman Zoe Hughes (Hornchurch, U.K.). The Indoor Heps champion and NCAA participant has a top-10 all-time mark of 5,444 points, which ranks her 18th in the NCAA during the outdoor season. The 24 best scores at the end of next weekend advance to the NCAA finals. Hughes will need to better her best — and possibly better than the conference record of 5,530 points — if she wants to make that cut (which was 5,569 a year ago). 

Brown junior Carly Paul (Fort Collins, Colo.) is the only other athlete in the field who’s broken 5,000 points in the hept this year. She’s upped her score by more than 500 points by improving her long jump, shot put and javelin marks and she’s the best high jumper in the field.

Penn will need its freshman Elena Brown-Soler (Chamblee, Ga.) to place well to contend with Harvard in the team title hunt. Brown-Soler enters the meet as the No. 3 seed, but that score is not indicative of her potential as she’s posted superior performances in the hurdles, high jump and long jump outside of multi competition. She is capable of a 5,000-point performance if she can pull it all together, but if she is going to do a number of additional individual events, her heptathlon performance could suffer.

Dartmouth sophomore Maria Garman (Scituate, Mass.) — the lone returning scorer from 2016 — has improved her long jump and javelin bests this year, so she, too, could break 5,000 points for the first time. She’s a reliable point scorer for Dartmouth as she’s scored in each Heps championship she’s competed thus far. The Big Green can also look to senior Miranda Lawson (Toronto, Ont.) as a potential scorer. The most experienced athlete in the field, she scored at Indoor Heps in the pentathlon, yet her spring best is about 300 points shy of her all-time best.

If 5,000 points is the magic line for the heptathlon, then it’s 7,000 points for the decathlon. The last time the winning score was NOT over 7,000 points was back in 2011. Since then, the meet record has been set at 7,632 and the other winning scores have ranged between 7,100 and 7,400. Right now, only one athlete — Dartmouth senior Nico Robinson (Stanford, Calif.) — has surpassed 7k. Robinson, who established a new personal best in mid-April (7,085), ranks 35th in the nation. Outside of the decathlon, Robinson ranks in the Heps’ top 10 in the hurdles, pole vault and long jump.

Dartmouth — which has traditionally scored in the double digits in the decathlon — should be able to do so again. Robinson will likely be joined on the podium by his teammates Ben Colello (Sudbury, Mass.), Benjamin Ose (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and possibly Matthew Sindelar (New Bremen, Ohio). Colello — who has already improved his decathlon best by nearly 700 points — is ranked sixth among the League’s javelin throwers. Meanwhile, Ose has improved on his 400m and discus performances while Sindelar has upped his marks in the hurdles, discus and javelin.

Expect a few Princeton faces to be on the decathlon podium as the Tigers’ top multi-eventers are freshmen Harry Lord (Knutsford, U.K.) and Justice Dixon (Jacksonville, Fla.), who scored at Indoor Heps this winter. Penn junior Luke Knouse (Elliottsburg, Pa.) scored in the decathlon a year ago.

There are some multi-eventers who have yet to contest a full two-day event but they have competed in many of the individual components, such as Cornell senior defending champion Austin Jamerson (Merrillville, Ind.) and Princeton junior indoor pentathlon runner-up Maia Craver (Irvine, Calif.). Jamerson has a personal best of 7,161 points, but he would need to set a new best if he wants to make the NCAA cut. — Mary Boggs


100m dash: Saturday, 11 am
Long jump: Saturday, 11:40 am*
Shot put: Saturday, 12:55 pm*
High jump: Saturday, 2:15 pm*
400m dash: Saturday, 4 pm*
110m hurdles: Sunday, 10:30 am
Discus jump: Sunday, 11:15 am*
Pole vault: Sunday, 12:30 pm*
Javelin throw: Sunday, 3 pm*
1,500m run: 4:05 pm*
* approximate

Heps Record
7,937 — Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Dartmouth, 2004)

Championship Record
7,632 — Nick Huber (Cornell, 2012)

2017 Top Marks
7,085 — Nico Robinson (Dartmouth)
6,928 — Ben Colello (Dartmouth)
6,816 — Benjamin Ose (Dartmouth)
6,504 — Harry Lord (Princeton)
6,414 — Justice Dixon (Princeton)
6,208 — Luke Knouse (Penn)
6,196 — Matthew Sindelar (Dartmouth)
6,116 — Evan Lee (Penn)


100m hurdles: Saturday, 11:30 am
High jump: Saturday, 12:20 pm*
Shot put: Saturday, 2:20 pm*
200m dash: Saturday, 3:50 pm*
Long jump: Sunday, 11 am
Javelin throw: Sunday, 12:15 pm*
800m run: 1:40 pm*
* approximate

Heps & Championship Record
5,530 — Madison Hansen (Harvard, 2016)

2017 Top Marks
5,444 — Zoe Hughes (Harvard)
5,207 — Carly Paul (Brown)
4,727 — Elena Brown-Soler (Penn)
4,411 — Maria Garman (Dartmouth)
4,341 — Natasha Feshbach (Yale)
4,247 — Miranda Lawson (Dartmouth)

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