Team Previews

2017 HepsXC – Women’s Race Preview

2017 HepsXC - Women's Race Preview

Join us on the 2017 Heps Cross Country Discussion Thread – 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 – 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 […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Sprints/Hurdles

oHeps16 - Men's Sprints/Hurdles

Princeton’s Carrington Akosa seems to be the favorite in both the 100m and 200m after placing fourth and third last year. His times of 10.67 and 21.25 are the tops in the league in wind-legal marks and can provide precious team points. Cornell’s Brailin Paulino placed second in both disciplines last year and is the […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Mid-Distance

oHeps16 - Women's Mid-Distance

After a disappointing Indoor Heps, Princeton senior Cecilia Barowski has already carved her name into the league record book with her 800m win at the Stanford Invitational in a time of 2:02.62 — fourth fastest ever in the league and an Olympic Trials qualifier. The 800m at Outdoor Heps is Barowski’s to lose: she is […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Distance

oHeps16 - Men's Distance

For the last few years when we’ve written the Outdoor Heps previews, I’ve received the following question from Navy alum Ronnie Harris – “When will my Heps Championship record in the 5,000m be broken?” Harris is quite proud to still hold the meet record of 13:53.74 from his 1987 win, but he is ok if […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Throws

oHeps16 - Women's Throws

It appears that Cornell’s fortunes to secure a Heptagonal Championship would rest on their throwers. Blessed with a versatile stable of talented throwers, they aim to score big in these four events. Harvard, Princeton and Penn have individuals that could provide large points, but lack the same depth as Cornell. Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu is the […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Verticals

oHeps16 - Men's Verticals

The vertical jumps are going to be important in the team battle for Cornell and Princeton as there are many athletes from both schools in scoring contention in these events. As a result, each attempt or miss can greatly impact the point spread. Princeton is capable of getting up to 18 points in the pole […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Horizontals

oHeps16 - Women's Horizontals

Freshman phenom Gabrielle Thomas of Harvard has extended her dominance to the field events in the long jump. In her long jump season opener at the Harvard-Yale Meet, Thomas jumped 19’4” to co-win the event with her teammate Allison Morrison. Morrison’s mark is considered wind-aided. The teammates share the furthest distance in the conference this […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Relays

oHeps16 - Men's Relays

Men’s 4x100m The men’s 4x100m title could go to Brown, Princeton or Cornell. All three teams have run well under 41 seconds this season. Cornell comes into the championships with the fastest qualifying time, 40.43, which was run at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Ryan Hynes, Larry Gibson, Alex Beck, and Zach Menchaca will have to […]

oHeps16 – Multi-Events

oHeps16 - Multi-Events

It would be a major surprise if another athlete besides Cornell’s Austin Jamerson wins the decathlon this weekend. We don’t mean to slight the other athletes, but on paper, Jamerson is the favorite. He’s the top returning scorer from last year’s Outdoor Heps (7,070 points – among the top-10 all-time) and the Indoor Heps heptathlon […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Relays

oHeps16 - Women's Relays

Women’s 4x100m The talented quartet consisting of Ngozi Musa, Jade Miller, Autumne Franklin and Gabrielle Thomas are this year’s favorite to win the women’s 4x100m title this weekend. This team has clocked six program best times in this event beginning with their first mark of 44.85 posted at the TCU Invitational on March 19. At […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Horizontals

oHeps16 - Men's Horizontals

Dartmouth’s Corey Muggler is the only athlete to reach a mark over 24 feet in the men’s long jump. At the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, Muggler jumped 24’ 1”, which ranks him among the best in program history. Dartmouth has only earned two long jump titles at the championships in 1939 and 1941. The Big […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Verticals

oHeps16 - Women's Verticals

Princeton has produced some of the best female pole vaulters in conference history, and Allison Harris is no exception. The newly minted conference record holder is seeking her first outdoor vaulting title on her home runway, and barring any “no heights”, the title should be hers. She’s the only athlete to clear 13 feet this […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Throws

oHeps16 - Men's Throws

It seems like there is parity in the men’s throwing events this year as a large number of teams have athletes scattered throughout the top of the rankings. Because of this, the athletes that perform well on the day of the championship could provide huge swings in point totals for the team title. Princeton’s Chris […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Distance

oHeps16 - Women's Distance

During last year’s outdoor Heps, Princeton’s Meghan Curham won both the 5,000m and 10,000m races. This year, Curham is finishing up a year off from school, so there will be a new champion in both events. Harvard sophomore Courtney Smith hasn’t run the 5K yet this season, but she will be a favorite to win […]

oHeps16 – Men’s Mid-Distance

oHeps16 - Men's Mid-Distance

The top seeds may be the event “favorites” for the Outdoor Heps middle distance titles, but given how tactical these races have been the last few years, the titles could go to anyone in the field. Brown senior Ned Willig is looking to claim one more individual Heps title (he previously won the Indoor Heps […]

oHeps16 – Women’s Sprints/Hurdles

oHeps16 - Women's Sprints/Hurdles

Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas has made quite the impression upon the Ivy League.  The rookie sensation has reset the conference records in the 60m and 200m indoors, and more recently, the 100m and 200m outdoors.  Her times in the 100m (11.30) and 200m (22.75) rank her #18 and #7 nationally respectively.  It is difficult not to […]

iHeps ’16 – Relays

iHeps '16 - Relays

The women’s 4×400 races will be the latest edition of Harvard versus Cornell.  In both indoor and outdoor races, these women have battled each other over Heps titles and conference records.  It seems like they always bring out the best in each other whenever they go head-to-head.  Cornell swept the 4×400 titles last year at […]

iHeps ’16 – Women’s Throws

iHeps '16 - Women's Throws

Similar to the men’s throws, there is one returning champion and there will be one new champion. But there is a lot of Red across the scoring positions in both events, especially in the shot put. Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe is taking the year off to focus on Summer Olympic qualification, so the weight throw title […]

iHeps ’16 – Men’s Verticals

iHeps '16 - Men's Verticals

The men’s pole vault has two reasonably fresh faces as the favorites for the conference title – Yale’s Brendan Sullivan and Princeton’s August Kiles.  Kiles finished in a tie for 2nd place last year at Indoor Heps while Sullivan finished in 6th place.  Both men have cleared 17 feet this year (a first for both).  Sullivan has […]

iHeps ’16 – Women’s Horizontals

iHeps '16 - Women's Horizontals

The women’s horizontal jumps will no longer be dominated by now graduated former All-American Nadia Eke of Columbia. This seems to open the competition to a number of athletes, each eager to win a Heptagonal championship. In the long jump, Princeton’s Sara Ronde looks like the most likely person to beat as she has jumped […]

iHeps ’16 – Men’s Mid-Distance

iHeps '16 - Men's Mid-Distance

This year, the Ivy League has seen three men go under 4:00 for the mile – Penn’s Thomas Awad, Cornell’s James Gowan, and Columbia’s Rob Napolitano.  Awad redefined how fast an Ivy Leaguer can go in the mile, running a 3:57.03 at last weekend’s Millrose Games.  But is this an event that he’ll do at […]

iHeps ’16 – Women’s Distance

iHeps '16 - Women's Distance

The women’s distance entries appear to have more of the usual suspects than the men’s equivalent.  But in general, it appears the titles in one or both of these events can go to one of four women – Princeton’s Elizabeth Bird, Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano, Brown’s Natalie Schudrowitz, and Harvard’s Courtney Smith.  Why one of these […]

iHeps ’16 – Men’s Sprints & Hurdles

iHeps '16 - Men's Sprints & Hurdles

According to the conference rankings, these five events should be dominated by Princeton and Cornell.  The seed times are so close to each other that it should be exciting battles throughout. Barton Hall’s flat track will definitely make these races even more interesting as the conference rankings have had many conversions from flat-to-banked equivalents so […]