Athletes

2016-17 Track Woman of the Year

2016-17 Track Woman of the Year

Gabrielle Thomas continues to redefine what it means to be an Ivy League sprinter.  The Harvard sophomore just proved that her rookie year was no fluke as she kept resetting her own conference records and showing the rest of the nation that she’s a sprinting force to be reckoned with. Thomas closed out the 2016-17 […]


Memories and Awards of 2016-17 Year

Memories and Awards of 2016-17 Year

I always enjoy looking back on the athletic year when I do these end of the year recaps and recognition.  I recall many of the things that have happened over the course of September 2016 to August 2017, such as the exciting battles at the various Heps championships that resulted in the Harvard women winning […]


2016-17 Field Man of the Year

2016-17 Field Man of the Year

When I wrote up last year’s Field Men of the Year award, I concluded Rudy Winkler‘s section with the following paragraph: “But [he] may still have some work to do. For example, there is still [Conor] McCullough’s indoor weight throw mark of 76-01, and Winkler is only about 14 inches away from that. Also, there […]


2016-17 Alumnus of the Year

2016-17 Alumnus of the Year

2017 was the dream year for Johnny Gregorek (Columbia ’14) on multiple levels.  Some of it is best explained in the Milesplit produced video above – go ahead, watch it. Making it onto the Team USA squad is one level of achievement.  Advancing to the IAAF World Championship final in your event is another, especially […]


2016-17 Field Woman of the Year

2016-17 Field Woman of the Year

The sky is not the limit for Allison Harris.  She just keeps redefining it each time she vaults.  The Princeton senior broke all sorts of pole vault records in 2017.  She tied her own meet record at Indoor Heps as she defended her conference title – 13-07 1/2.  At Outdoor Heps, she broke the conference […]


2016-17 Track Man of the Year

2016-17 Track Man of the Year

James Randon completed his senior year at Yale back in June 2017.  Over the course of his final collegiate season, he accomplished some feats that no Yale athlete has done in 27 years: Randon won the 2016 Heps Cross Country individual title, the first Bulldog to do so since Jim Gibson (Yale ’91) did so […]


2016-17 Rookie Men of the Year

2016-17 Rookie Men of the Year

Princeton’s Joey Daniels was the only Ivy freshman to win an individual conference title in 2017.  The speedy rookie posted the fastest high hurdle times of the year – 7.96 for the 60m hurdles and a wind-aided 13.88 in the 110m hurdles which won the Outdoor Heps title.  That indoor hurdle time was 0.01 seconds […]


2016-17 Alumna of the Year

2016-17 Alumna of the Year

The 2016 USATF 800m champion Kate Grace (Yale ’11) decided to challenge herself for her 2017 track season – she wanted to go to the IAAF World Championships in the 1,500m.  We’ve seen her compete in both the 800m and 1,500m during her senior year at Yale and a little more in her first years […]


2016-17 Female Rookie of the Year

2016-17 Female Rookie of the Year

Early in the 2016-17 indoor season, we had this to say about the Rookie of the Week honoree back on December 11, 2016: “Dartmouth freshman Cha’Mia Rothwell (Durham, N.C.) served notice to the entire conference on Saturday at a tri-meet hosted by the Big Green. She won three events — the 60-meter dash (7.55), the 60-meter hurdles […]


Bringing Back the Power to St. Croix

Bringing Back the Power to St. Croix

One of the biggest questions that many people ask about religion or fate is “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  Many people have their own answers for that.  To me, I feel that sometimes the bad things happen in order to show the rest of the world how good people can be. Ever […]


First Athlete Honors of the 2018 Indoor Season

First Athlete Honors of the 2018 Indoor Season

TFRRS Season Performance Lists It’s not that often that all eight schools start their indoor season before the holiday break.  There were a number of stellar performances across these last two weekends, and among them are five new additions to the conference record books.  Some of these performances helped the athletes earn our first honors […]


Winter Is Coming…

Winter Is Coming...

Winter is coming.  And with winter comes the indoor track & field season. Officially, HepsNation kicks off the 2017-18 indoor season tomorrow, December 1st, with five squads competing in either Bethlehem, Pa or Staten Island, NY.  By the end of Sunday, thirteen squads – seven men, six women – will have kicked off their season.  […]


All Smiles

All Smiles

The 2017 cross country season wrapped up today at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kent. And when Princeton junior Gabrielle Forrest looks back on this season, I would hope she would be all smiles. Our 2017 HepsXC champion concluded her season with All-American accolades as she finished 37th overall in the women’s 6km […]


UPDATED: NCAAs is Just Around the Corner

UPDATED: NCAAs is Just Around the Corner

NCAA XC Live Results We have about 24 hours until the NCAA Cross Country Championships fires the starting gun in Louisville, Kentucky. Mother Nature is going to be throwing another monkey wrench to the harriers – clouds are going to be rolling into town today, bringing in the rain and wind tomorrow morning around 9am […]


Off to Louisville!!

Off to Louisville!!

It looks like the Kolas and Waggoner Calculators were correct – at least in determining the Ivy League qualifiers to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The NCAA has officially announced the Championship qualifiers this afternoon, and HepsNation will be well represented down in Louisville, Kentucky. The Princeton men and Dartmouth women automatically advanced yesterday when […]


Trying to Earn that Louisville Invite

Trying to Earn that Louisville Invite

Northeast | Mid-Atlantic The conditions today at the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional qualification races were kind of brutal – racing temperatures were either at or below freezing, and the winds coming from the northwest made it about 10 degrees colder.  I was wondering going into today if we will be seeing athletes shipped off in […]


Coming Up Next – Regionals

Coming Up Next - Regionals

Had a chance to recover from another exciting edition of Heps? Good – because now we get into NCAA qualification excitement. This Friday is the NCAA Regional races – for HepsNation, we will be focusing on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional races.  The Northeast Regional race will be hosted by the University of Buffalo at […]


Looking at the Big Picture

Looking at the Big Picture

  One week to go until the 2017 Heps Cross Country Championships return to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.  Most of the squads will be resting up between now and next Friday as select harriers from Cornell, Dartmouth, and Yale will be racing either at the Reif Memorial in Ithaca, NY or the Central Connecticut […]


HepsXC ’17: Athletes of the Week #4 and #5

HepsXC '17: Athletes of the Week #4 and #5

I know we’ve been quiet for awhile, but we’re back.  And now, time for a double-stuffed edition of our Athlete of the Week honors, as we will present our awards for all of the performances since September 29. Female Athletes of the Week: #4 – Penn senior Abby Hong was the top Ivy finisher in the Paul […]


HepsXC ’17 Athletes of the Week #3

HepsXC '17 Athletes of the Week #3

Seven Heps teams had the weekend off, but the nine that did compete had some great races at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and the Panorama Farms Invitational. Female Athletes of the Week: Dartmouth junior Olivia Lantz was the first Ivy woman (undergrad or alumna) to cross the 5km finish line at the Battle in Beantown on […]


HepsXC ’17 Athletes of the Week #2

HepsXC '17 Athletes of the Week #2

Male Athlete of the Week: If you’re recognized by USTFCCCA as their National Division 1 Athlete of the Week, you better believe that they will also be our Athlete of the Week.  Columbia senior Ryan Thomas has been given this honor by USTFCCCA based on the performance of his first race of the 2017 season.  […]


HepsXC ’17 Athletes of the Week #1

HepsXC '17 Athletes of the Week #1

Female Athlete of the Week – With the graduation of Henna Rustami and Natalie Tanner, Columbia was in search of a new leader for its distance corp.  Nell Crosby appears to be the top contender for this position this season.  At last Saturday’s Columbia XC Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park, she won the women’s 6km […]


Cross Is Back

Cross Is Back

It’s officially September 1st.  And this year, this marks the start of the 2017 cross country season. Time to wipe the slate clean as we have new faces to follow, new athletes stepping up to fill the voids due to graduation or transfers, and new possible scoring arrangements as athletes get better and rookies figure […]


2016-17 All-Academic Honorees

2016-17 All-Academic Honorees

All eight Heps teams and a total of 94 HepsNation student-athlete were recognized by the USTFCCCA last week for their excellent academic standings for the 2016-17 academic year as the UTFCCCA released their All-Academic Teams. A total of 360 teams, 516 men, and 752 women were given USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.  For this honor, a team must have […]