oHeps17 — Men’s Distance

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The distance races are tough to form chart for several reasons. Many runners have yet to make a true competitive run in the events. And some will run in an event not because it is their best distance, but because it provides the best chances for points. The 5k and 10k are kind of indistinguishable right now, so we will just focus on the talent.

Penn is several months removed from its first Heps’ cross country title in 43 years, but those responsible are looking to recapture that success at the outdoor championship. Junior Chris Luciano (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) was a key to that Heps’ victory, improving more than 50 places in a single year. Now he will try to bring home some points on the track for the first time. Senior Nick Tuck (Burke, Va.) hasn’t matched his personal bests this spring, but you never rule out a guy who wins titles like Tuck has done twice in the steeplechase. The Quakers could go 1-2-3 in the steeple as freshmen twins Colin and William Daly (Oradell, N.J.) have traded strong steeple finishes this spring. Add to all that is senior Brendan Shearn (Asland, Pa.) — a consistent 10k runner throughout his Penn career who would like to score his highest finish to date — and sophomore Kevin Monogue (Burke, Va.), who ran the season’s best 10k (29:25.96) back in March but has not run in competition since.

Princeton has the next big thing for the Ivy League in freshman Conor Lundy (Tuckahoe, N.Y.), whose NCAA cross country run was among the best for freshmen around the nation this fall. He was a high school superstar out of New York City and everyone knows, regardless of seed times, he can challenge for a distance title. His senior teammate William Bertrand (Clarksburg, Md.) can also leave a mark as he has run 29:48 in the 10k this year.

The Big Red bring an experienced distance crew to Heps, led by senior Mark Tedder (Battle Ground, Wash.), who has run 14:05 this spring, but his PR is even better. In fact, when he broke 14 minutes at UCLA last spring, it made him the first Cornellian to do so in more than two decades. Senior David Taylor (Charlottesville, Va.) has been keeping up with Tedder this spring and is looking to score at Outdoor Heps for the first time. Junior Sam Chauvin (Corning, N.Y.) ran a 20-second personal best for 5,000 meters recently at the Penn Relays, but he is likely a bigger threat in the 10k. And finally, junior Dominic DeLuca (Dallas, Pa.), who struggled at Indoor Heps, but rebounded immediately to win the IC4A 3k.

Columbia has two runners — junior Ryan Thomas (Charlottesville, Va.) and sophomore Brian Zabilski (Saugus, Calif.) — who can force the pace in the 5k. Thomas has the League’s best time of the spring, nearly breaking 14 minutes, but a true Heps’ victory might seem like a stretch after finishing near the bottom at the Heps’ cross champs. Zabilski, on the other hand, would not be a surprise atop the podium. A former California state champ in the 3,200, he was second outdoor last year as a freshman. The Lions also have a steepled to watch in senior Keenan Piper (Seattle, Wash.), who has shown great improvement in 2017.

A few other guys to watch across the distance spectrum are Dartmouth senior Connor Clark (Mill Valley, Calif.), Brown junior Matt Mahoney (Swampscott, Mass.), Yale senior Andre Ivankovic (Clemson, S.C.) and Harvard rookie Will Battershill (Devon, U.K.). — Brett Hoover (who was aided by the pilfering of RoJo’s announcing notes, which you will hear on Sunday’s ILDN webcast)

5,000m run

Final: Sunday, 3:05 pm

Heps Record
13:30.79, James Sapienza (Dartmouth, 1985)

Championship Record
13:53.74, Ronnie Harris (Navy, 1987)

2017 Top 10
14:00.56 — Ryan Thomas (Columbia)
14:04.17 — David Taylor (Cornell)
14:05.21 — Mark Tedder (Cornell)
14:09.45 — Conor Lundy (Princeton)
14:10.08 — Connor Clark (Dartmouth)
14:10.39 — Dominic DeLuca (Cornell)
14:11.28 — Chris Luciano (Penn)
14:11.37 — Brian Zabilski (Columbia)
14:20.38 — Matt Mahoney (Brown)
14:21.66 — Julian Heninger (Dartmouth)

10,000m run

Final: Saturday, 5 pm

Heps Record
28:18.21, Tom McArdle (Dartmouth, 2002)

Championship Record
29:00.33, Brian Clas (Cornell, 1994)

2017 Top 10
29:25.96 — Kevin Monogue (Penn)
29:36.46 — Brendan Shearn (Penn)
29:48.87 — William Bertrand (Princeton)
29:50.41 — Samuel Chauvin (Cornell)
30:08.91 — Collin Price (Harvard)
30:11.39 — Chris Luciano (Penn)
30:18.29 — Matt Herzig (Dartmouth)
30:32.46 — George Miao (Columbia)
30:42.62 — Wolfgang Beck (Princeton)
30:50.09 — Jonah Hanig (Columbia)


Final: Sunday, 1`:45 am

Heps Record
8:19.14, Donn Cabral (Princeton, 2012)

Championship Record
8:36.8h, Mike Fadil (Dartmouth, 1985)

2017 Top 10
8:54.14 — Nick Tuck (Penn)
9:00.66 — Colin Daly (Penn)
9:00.87 — William Daly (Penn)
9:02.14 — Will Battershill (Harvard)
9:09.80 — Keenan Piper (Columbia)
9:12.52 — Ross Wilson (Penn)
9:13.62 — Michael Wang (Cornell)
9:17.18 — Roc Johnson (Cornell)
9:22.74 — Andre Ivankovic (Yale)
9:33.55 — Tommy Rooney (Columbia)

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