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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]