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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 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 […]


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 […]


One Last Look at HepsXC 2017

One Last Look at HepsXC 2017

Ok, I know I published a Regionals preview the other day, but let’s look back at HepsXC one more time… We’ve added the final results onto our website and updated the HepsTrack Cross Country record books.  Feel free to check them out on the sidebar links, if you’re interested how the 2017 races compared to […]


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 […]


Nailbiting

Nailbiting

Final Results The men’s team and individual title race really kept the fans guessing throughout (in fact, I don’t wait to spoil anything by having pictures of the winners at the top of the article, just to keep you guessing).  Part of it was due to the slow initial pace the field was running (6:18.2 […]


From Last to First In One Year

From Last to First In One Year

Final Results What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Columbia Lady Lions finished last at the Heps Cross Country Championships.  This year, they won it.  Columbia led the team competition throughout the entire 6 km race, winning with a final score of 66 points to claim their first HepsXC title since 2005.  Dartmouth […]


Happy HepsXC Day

Happy HepsXC Day

Live Results … or so the sentiment has been expressed many times already on Twitter. We’ll update this as the races conclude, but stay tuned.  It’s about to begin!


How the Pundits See 2017 HepsXC

How the Pundits See 2017 HepsXC

Just a few hours to go until race time.  How do some of the main reporting outlets see how HepsXC will go today? Letsrun.com: LRC opened up their conference and national polls to their readers on Wednesday, where they asked their readers to rank the teams with their predicted order of finish within their given […]


Only One More Night To Go

Only One More Night To Go

Men’s Race Preview | Women’s Race Preview We have less than one day to go until the 2017 Heps Cross Country Championships return to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. We have more details about the races tomorrow, thanks to the active Live Results link through LeoneTiming.com.  There will be updated splits for each race: […]


2017 HepsXC – Women’s Race Preview

2017 HepsXC - Women's Race Preview

Join us on the 2017 Heps Cross Country Discussion Thread – Letsrun.com Men’s Race Preview It will be hard to bet against #24 Columbia for both the team and individual title.  Not only because Heps XC is on their home course, but Columbia has our favorite for the individual title, Nell Crosby, as well as […]


2017 HepsXC – Men’s Race Preview

2017 HepsXC - Men's Race Preview

Join us on the 2017 Heps Cross Country Discussion Thread – Letsrun.com Women’s Race Preview The Penn Quakers return to the Heps XC Championship setting as the defending champions, which they won at the West Windsor Fields of Princeton.  Van Cortlandt Park is different territory – the last time the Quakers were here for a […]


Return of HepsWeek and VCP

Return of HepsWeek and VCP

  We are only five days away from the 2017 edition of the Heps Cross Country Championships – or, as the Ivy League wishes me to call/advertise it, the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships*. This year, the conference returns to legendary Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York on Friday.  The women will […]


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 […]