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2016-17 Track Woman of the Year

2016-17 Track Woman of the Year

Gabrielle Thomas continues to redefine what it means to be an Ivy League sprinter.  The Harvard sophomore just proved that her rookie year was no fluke as she kept resetting her own conference records and showing the rest of the nation that she’s a sprinting force to be reckoned with. Thomas closed out the 2016-17 […]


2016-17 Field Man of the Year

2016-17 Field Man of the Year

When I wrote up last year’s Field Men of the Year award, I concluded Rudy Winkler‘s section with the following paragraph: “But [he] may still have some work to do. For example, there is still [Conor] McCullough’s indoor weight throw mark of 76-01, and Winkler is only about 14 inches away from that. Also, there […]


2016-17 Alumnus of the Year

2016-17 Alumnus of the Year

2017 was the dream year for Johnny Gregorek (Columbia ’14) on multiple levels.  Some of it is best explained in the Milesplit produced video above – go ahead, watch it. Making it onto the Team USA squad is one level of achievement.  Advancing to the IAAF World Championship final in your event is another, especially […]


2016-17 Field Woman of the Year

2016-17 Field Woman of the Year

The sky is not the limit for Allison Harris.  She just keeps redefining it each time she vaults.  The Princeton senior broke all sorts of pole vault records in 2017.  She tied her own meet record at Indoor Heps as she defended her conference title – 13-07 1/2.  At Outdoor Heps, she broke the conference […]


2016-17 Track Man of the Year

2016-17 Track Man of the Year

James Randon completed his senior year at Yale back in June 2017.  Over the course of his final collegiate season, he accomplished some feats that no Yale athlete has done in 27 years: Randon won the 2016 Heps Cross Country individual title, the first Bulldog to do so since Jim Gibson (Yale ’91) did so […]


2016-17 Rookie Men of the Year

2016-17 Rookie Men of the Year

Princeton’s Joey Daniels was the only Ivy freshman to win an individual conference title in 2017.  The speedy rookie posted the fastest high hurdle times of the year – 7.96 for the 60m hurdles and a wind-aided 13.88 in the 110m hurdles which won the Outdoor Heps title.  That indoor hurdle time was 0.01 seconds […]


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 […]


2016-17 Female Rookie of the Year

2016-17 Female Rookie of the Year

Early in the 2016-17 indoor season, we had this to say about the Rookie of the Week honoree back on December 11, 2016: “Dartmouth freshman Cha’Mia Rothwell (Durham, N.C.) served notice to the entire conference on Saturday at a tri-meet hosted by the Big Green. She won three events — the 60-meter dash (7.55), the 60-meter hurdles […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]