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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 […]


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 […]


Lions Wrapping Up Worlds

Lions Wrapping Up Worlds

Our final two HepsNation athletes – both affiliated with Columbia – took to the track in London this past weekend at the IAAF World Championships. Columbia’s rising senior Akua Obeng-Akrofi ran the third leg for Ghana’s 4×100 relay team on Saturday morning in the preliminary rounds.  She helped the team to a season’s best time […]


Tune In On Sunday

Tune In On Sunday

Johnny Gregorek is making the most of his first trip representing Team USA on the international scene. Yesterday, he advanced to the 1,500m semifinals as a time qualifier after finished 8th in his first round heat in 3:39.62. Gregorek was in the second of two semifinals today, where top 5 in each heat and the […]


Going Through the Rounds in London

Going Through the Rounds in London

Three HepsNation athletes competed at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London in the last few days. Kate Grace made it through to the semifinals of the 1,500m, advancing as a time qualifier after she finished 7th in her Friday preliminary round heat with a time of 4:04.76.  Her time was the 15th fastest out […]


Samara To Join USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame

Samara To Join USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame

The USTFCCCA announced yesterday that Princeton men’s head coach Fred Samara is one of their six newest members of their Coaches Hall of Fame. Samara has been the head coach of the men’s program since 1979.  During his tenure, he has coached the Tigers to 41 Heps titles across all three seasons, including seven Triple Crowns […]