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Accusations Abound At Harvard [Updated]

Accusations Abound At Harvard [Updated]

Here is something you simply don’t see every day. The day after the collegiate track & field ended with two Crimson athletes earning All-America status at the NCAA Championships, an active member of the Harvard coaching staff — Lauren Kuntz — has written a troubling piece in the Crimson, the student paper at Harvard. In […]


Tigers Roar Back For Title 18

Tigers Roar Back For Title 18

Photo: Patricia Melton Results When heavily-taped junior Carrington Akosa — who’d scored 14 points in the 100 and 200 in 2016 — was not able to compete to his level of ability, the Princeton Tigers looked dead. Rival Cornell had taken advantage of every opportunity, including outscoring the Orange & Black, 41-10, in Akosa’s specialities. […]


Gabby Runs Away

Gabby Runs Away

Photo: Patricia Melton Results The Harvard women’s track & field team taught us all two great lessons at the 2017 Outdoor Heps Championship. First, don’t relay on the season performances lists, which had Penn ending the Crimson’s three-year win streak. Second lesson? Never think that there is a limit to what sophomore Gabby Thomas can […]


oHeps17 — Records, Big Winds In Advance of Championship Sunday

oHeps17 — Records, Big Winds In Advance of Championship Sunday

Results Sometimes things are gone with the wind. Sometimes there is a calm stability. Today in New Haven, Conn., there was a lot of each. The “wind” part of pretty obvious. A bunch of amazing sprint, hurdle and jumping marks were brushed into the dust bin of history because of gusty winds that were as […]


oHeps17 — What’s Gonna Happen?

oHeps17 — What's Gonna Happen?

So when the entries came in last night, Mary and I dug in. We went about projecting the event-by-event results. Then we tallied the points and averaged our results. Here is what we came up with: WOMEN 1. Penn, 162 2. Harvard, 145 3. Princeton, 94 1/2 4. Columbia, 89 1/2 5. Cornell, 78 6. […]


oHeps17 — Women’s Sprints

oHeps17 — Women's Sprints

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries If you took Harvard All-American sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.) off the 2017 ranked lists, you might have the strong Heps’ 100 and 200 fields ever. But when you put her otherworldly 11.24 and 22.60 back on it, you no longer have your dad’s Heps. Heck, you don’t even have […]


oHeps17 — Men’s Middle Distance

oHeps17 — Men's Middle Distance

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries I know that the pedestrian 1,500m final has become a tradition at Outdoor Heps. No one has run under 3:44 in the last quarter-century and the only reason some broke 3:45 was because of the great debacle of 2005, when 4:15 claimed the title. Finishing deep in that field was […]


oHeps17 — Women’s Vertical Jumps

oHeps17 — Women's Vertical Jumps

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries All of the projections for the women’s team chase at Heps have Harvard and Penn at the top, so with that in mind, all eyes should be on the vertical events this weekend. Each team has athletes who can score, but Penn has more potential scorers — five to Harvard’s […]


oHeps17 — Men’s Distance

oHeps17 — Men's Distance

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries 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 […]


oHeps17 — Women’s Throws

oHeps17 — Women's Throws

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries Princeton senior Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) and Harvard senior Nikki Okwelogu (Fresno, Calif.) are looking to join rare company. Ratcliffe — who could become the first four-time women’s champion in the hammer throw — has reset the championship record each time she has thrown at Outdoor Heps. While Ratcliffe has […]


oHeps17 — Men’s Horizontal Jumps

oHeps17 — Men's Horizontal Jumps

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries There once was a time when a 50-foot triple jump stood a good chance of winning a title. This year it could be that a 50-footer won’t even earn a point. What could make that even more true in 2017 is the competitive equity as the No. 2 seed through […]


oHeps17 — Men’s Throws

oHeps17 — Men's Throws

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries The throws have long been a place where Princeton has racked up a sizable chunk of points en route to victory. Expect it to be a bellwether to the team’s success yet again. The Tigers could easily go 1-2 in the shot put as junior Mitchel Charles (Rancho Palos Verdes, […]


oHeps17 — Women’s Distance

oHeps17 — Women's Distance

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries I said it in the Indoor Heps preview and I will say it again — Columbia is probably the distance school of the conference right now. The Lions have some of the top times of the season in both the 5k and 10km thanks to in-state seniors Henna Rustami (Syosset, […]


oHeps17 — Men’s Hurdles

oHeps17 — Men's Hurdles

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries In the chase for the team title, Princeton is relying on a bucket load of points in the hurdles, starting with freshman Joey Daniels (Kitchener, Ont.) in the 110-meter highs. An IAAF World Youth silver medalist representing Canada, Daniels produced a series of great times over the slightly shorter barriers […]


oHeps17 — Multis

oHeps17 — Multis

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries The heptathlon has been a high scoring event in recent years. The conference record was reset at this meet the last two years and the last time the winning score did not break 5,000 points was back in 2012. Last year, the top five finishers each scored more than 5,000 […]


oHeps17 — Horizontal Jumps

oHeps17 — Horizontal Jumps

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries If the season performance lists come to reality at Outdoor Heps, then Harvard would earn 34 points in just the long and triple jumps and those points would come from three athletes — sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.), who is the top seed in the long jump, freshman Simi Fajemisin […]


oHeps17 — Relays

oHeps17 — Relays

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries Here’s how the conservation went. Brett: “I’ll write the relays.” Mary: “Just cut-and-paste what you wrote for indoor (where I attacked the notion of previewing relays).” Brett: “Actually, I am pretty psyched about writing this one.” Why such a change of heart in less than three months? Because there are […]


oHeps17 — Men’s Sprints

oHeps17 — Men's Sprints

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries There’s a lot to jam into this preview. So let’s jump in to the short sprints where recent champions in the 100- and 200-meter dashes have a lot of threats. Cornell sophomore Zach Menchaca (The Colony, Texas) won the outdoor 100 and was second in the 200 as a rookie […]


oHeps17 — Women’s Hurdles

oHeps17 — Women's Hurdles

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries We’ll do something that is hard to do when writing about women’s hurdling in the Ivy League. We will start with experience. The battle for the 400-meter hurdles will likely be between Harvard senior Jade Miller (Temecula, Calif.) and Cornell junior Taysia Radoslav (Stoney Creek, Ont.). Miller is a two-time […]


oHeps17 – Men’s Vertical Jumps

oHeps17 – Men's Vertical Jumps

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries The last Heps’ high jump champion — indoor or out — who did not compete for Cornell, Penn or Princeton was Brown’s Ray Bobrownicki back in 2006. Don’t expect that streak to end this year as the top three contenders hail from Cornell, Penn and Princeton. Cornell’s entrant is junior […]


oHeps17 – Women’s Middle Distance

oHeps17 - Women's Middle Distance

Women’s Entries | Men’s Entries The 1,500-meter race will crown a new champion this year, and it will likely be one of these seniors — Yale’s Frances Schmiede (Pymble, Australia), Penn’s Ashley Montgomery (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), Dartmouth’s Helen Schlachtenhaufen (Lake Forest, Ill.) or Princeton’s Katie Hanss (New York, N.Y.). They’ve all run sub-4:20 this season […]


How Heps Look, Two Weeks Out

How Heps Look, Two Weeks Out

We have just a little over two weeks to go until Outdoor Heps return to New Haven, Conn.  So, do we have any idea on how Outdoor Heps will pan out? We do, if we look at the outdoor season’s performance lists on TFRRS.org. We scored the performance lists with Outdoor Heps scoring (10-8-6-4-2-1) to […]


The 2017 Outdoor Heps Schedule

The 2017 Outdoor Heps Schedule

Cuyler Field & Dwyer Track Yale University New Haven, Conn. SATURDAY, MAY 6 Time Gender Event Round 11 am Women Hammer Throw Final 11 am Women Pole Vault Final 11 am Women Long Jump Final 11 am Women Javelin Throw Final 11 am Men 100m Dash Decathlon 11:30 am Women 100m Hurdles Heptathlon 11:40 am* […]


The Loss For The “Kids”

The Loss For The "Kids"

A quick remembrance of the man who rebuilt the Armory, where Heps just had a mega-successful Indoor Championship. Dr. Norbert Sander passed away unexpectedly today. Doc had a vision more than a quarter-century ago that others struggled to share. The Armory and its surrounding Washington Heights neighborhood had fallen on hard times. Both had become […]