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Spanish Heat

Spanish Heat

Looks like Spain has a new King of the Sprints. Bruno Hortelano (Cornell ’14) broke the Spanish national record in the 100m not once, but twice, today at the Meeting de Madrid competition.  Hortelano first broke the national record of 10.14 in the semifinals where he ran 10.08, but he turned it up in the […]


Winning For Stuff Everyone Else is NOT Doing

Winning For Stuff Everyone Else is NOT Doing

Time for awards of a different caliber. There aren’t that many student-athletes who manage to successfully transition into the world of musical theater, but Brown alum Daveed Diggs (Brown ’04) has done so.  The former Bruno high hurdler has been involved with the current Broadway breakout hit of “Hamilton“, a modern-day adapted biopic about the first […]


Running for the Belgian Flag

Running for the Belgian Flag

A few days ago, I read a thread on Letsrun.com that said the following: Peter Callahan, just got accepted by the IAAF to compete for Belgium at the European Championship and Olympic Games (if he runs the A standard)! No reference, so of course, I questioned it.  The best way to answer it would be […]


Running With the Wings of America

Running With the Wings of America

The Boston Marathon was celebrating multiple things this past Monday – 1) the 120th running of the marathon; 2) the 50th anniversary of Bobbi Gibb becoming the first female to complete the Boston Marathon; and 3)  the celebration of the Native American history associated with the Boston Marathon.  Native Americans have influenced the history of the […]


Best American of Boston

Best American of Boston

Back in 2011, Cornell alum and former Heps champion Zach Hine (Cornell ’09) ran his first marathon ever at Boston.  The South Hadley, Mass. native had quite a debut as he finished as the second American in the field behind Olympian Ryan Hall.  Hine ran 2:16:54 to finish 16th overall in the field. “I didn’t […]


Honoring Cantello

Honoring Cantello

While we may focus a lot on the current configuration of the Ivy League, we need to recognize one of the former members of the Heptagonal Conference today. Yesterday, long time Navy head men’s cross country coach and assistant coach of the men’s track & field program Al Cantello was honored with a proclamation by Speaker […]


Nemec Receives Ban From IAAF

Nemec Receives Ban From IAAF

The Associated Press reported today that former Columbia runner and Croatian marathoner Lisa (Stublic) Nemec has been given a four year ban from athletic competition by the IAAF due to a positive out-of-competition drug test collected in October 2015. Nemec had previously qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics for Croatia in the marathon ten days […]


Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Last year, we shared the fundraising requests of two Olympic hopefuls.  Now, we have another. Craig Kinsley (Brown ’11) – four-time Heps javelin champion and 2010 NCAA champion in the event – has had the opportunity to compete at the Olympics before.  At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he finished as the top American […]


Among the World’s Best

Among the World's Best

The 2015-16 indoor track & field season officially came to a close today with the conclusion of the IAAF Indoor World Championships in Portland, Ore. Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth ’14) showed the world that she can contend among the world’s best as she finished 5th in a competitive 3,000m final on Sunday afternoon.  The field went […]


Off to Worlds in Portland

Off to Worlds in Portland

The 2015-2016 indoor track & field season will officially come to an end this weekend with the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Ore.  This year, three HepsNation members have qualified and will represent their countries at the international event (full list of qualifiers/entries can be found here). Cornell’s throwing great Stephen Mozia qualified in […]


Wrapping Up The Indoor Season

Wrapping Up The Indoor Season

The 2015-16 indoor track & field season ended on a high note for HepsNation yesterday, as the Ivy League participants earned a total of 5 First-Team All-American honors over the course of the two day NCAA Indoor Championships in Alabama.  HepsNation alumni also wrapped up competition at the USATF Indoor Championships in Oregon yesterday. First […]


Returning to Worlds

Returning to Worlds

Abbey D’Agostino earned her opportunity to represent Team USA for the second time last night at the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Ore.  D’Agostino had already met the IAAF World Qualifying time in the 3,000m earlier this season, but the final step to secure her trip to the IAAF World Championships (which […]


Off to Portland

Off to Portland

National championships weekend continues with the USATF Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Portland, Ore at the Oregon Convention Center. Like NCAAs, the meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday and there will be ways to watch the meet online.  What’s different from NCAAs is that the online webstream option – USATF.tv – is […]


Friday Racing Action

Friday Racing Action

A few alumni and one freshman had additional opportunities to compete last Friday. Time to jump back to cross country for a moment.  On Friday, Columbia freshman Brian Zabilski and Cornell alum Max King represented Team USA at the 2nd PanAm Cross Country Championships in Vargas, Venezuela.  Both men scored for Team USA in their […]


Opening New Doors

Opening New Doors

While I was busy prepping for Indoor Heps last Friday, I saw a news story that essentially almost guarantees another HepsNation member a spot at this summer’s Olympic Games.  I opted to wait until Indoor Heps was over so I could share the story without it getting lost in the Indoor Heps coverage. On Friday, […]


Millrose Magic

Millrose Magic

Nowadays, people usually break 4 minutes for a mile on an indoor track first before doing it outdoors.  In 2014, Penn’s Thomas Awad broke the 4 minute mile barrier at the Penn Relays to win the Men’s Development Mile in 3:58.  I wondered then when he would do that for the indoor mile.  He came […]


Opening Up Our Remaining Valentines

Opening Up Our Remaining Valentines

Some last bits of weekend competition as our final Valentine’s gifts to HepsNation. Don Kirby Elite Invitational (Albuquerque, NM) – L. Kelsey Armstrong Several of Harvard women traveled to Albuquerque, NM to experience some competition at altitude.  The eight ladies were rewarded with multiple top ten conference performances, a school record and a conference record. […]


Battling the LA Heat

Battling the LA Heat

Several Ivy League athletes participated in this weekend’s Olympic Marathon Trials, held in Los Angeles. Competitors had to run a qualifying marathon or half marathon time to be eligible for the race, and the top three men and women finishers earned a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team for the upcoming games in Rio […]


Understanding the Secrets Behind Kenyan Running

Understanding the Secrets Behind Kenyan Running

For the last 50 years, Kenya has risen to become one of the world powers in long-distance running in track & field and marathon road racing.  While some people speculate that their dominance is a result of genetics or nutrition, people who have spent time living and training among the Kenyan athletes realize that is […]


Breaking Up the Load (Pt. 2)

Breaking Up the Load (Pt. 2)

This portion of the weekend recaps blends in some remaining cross country races and results from some of our HepsNation alumni. Giegengack Invitational (New Haven, CT) – L. Kelsey Armstrong Yale decided to stay at home this weekend, hosting the Giegengack Invitational.  The familiar surroundings of Coxe Cage led to nine wins by the men and […]


On Top of the World

On Top of the World

Stephen Mozia has eyes set on making his first Olympic Games this summer.  Provided that he continues to stay healthy, it looks like we will be expecting him to compete in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. This past weekend, Mozia set a new lifetime best in the shot put at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, TN, […]


2014-15 Alumni of the Year

2014-15 Alumni of the Year

Ben True (Dartmouth ’08) and Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth ’14) both represented Team USA this past summer for the first time at the IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships. True has previously worn the Team USA uniform as a part of the Team USA Cross Country team, where he led the team to a silver […]


Ivy Sweep in NYRR Dash

Ivy Sweep in NYRR Dash

There was a strong Ivy League presence on the podium for the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5km on Saturday morning as Donn Cabral (Princeton ’12) and Alexi Pappas (Dartmouth ’13) won their respective races, earning the titles “King and Queen of New York”. Cabral’s win came down to who had the best closing […]


Alumni Action, Near & Far

Alumni Action, Near & Far

We need to dive into some alumni results before we spend the rest of the week on the undergrads.  One event occurred earlier today while the other one is something we learned about last week that needs to be noted. The Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Championship took place earlier today at Franklin Park, where many […]