Men’s Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Performers
Here at Heps Track we have a mystery on our hands. The Ivy League has complete records available in regards to the INDOOR Most Outstanding Performers dating back into the 1950s, but for reasons we don’t know, the office has never had a list of the OUTDOOR Most Outstanding Performers. If you can help fill in some blanks, please do so by emailing Brett Hoover.
Before 1985 — missing
1985 — Steve Morgan of Princeton won the 100- (10.74) and 200-meter dashes (20.88), the latter breaking his own League record
1986 — Ronnie Harris of Navy won both the 1,500- (3:45.16) and 5,000-meter runs (14:09.47) as the Mids took second. The next year Harris would win the 5k for the third time, this time in a meet-record 13:53.74, which still stands today.
1987 — missing
1988 — missing
1989 — missing
1990 — missing
1991 — Anthony Terrell of Navy won both the long (24-11 1/4) and triple jumps (50-10)
1992 — missing
1993 — Mamadou Johnson of Penn crushed the League record in the pole vault, becoming the only 18-footer in Ivy history (18-1 1/4)
1994 — Brian Clas of Cornell broke the Heps record in the 10,000-meter run (29:00.33), a mark which no one has been within 55 seconds since, and doubled up with a victory in the 5k.
1995 — Ugwunna Ikpeowo of Princeton became the first Heps male to win three individual events at a single Championship since 1966 by winning the high, long and triple jumps. Not only was he a triple winner, his long jump mark of 25-6 1/4 remains fourth on the all-time Outdoor Heps performance list.
1996 — missing
1997 — Alex Ghanotakis of Dartmouth became the first Big Green thrower to be a double winner, taking both the discus (182-7) and hammer throws (206-4)
1998 — missing
1999 — John Mack of Princeton claimed victory in both the 200- (22.03) and 400-meter dashes (46.88)
2000 — Torrance Chaplin of Navy won both the 200- (21.02) and 400-meter dashes (46.27) in strong fields
2001 — Tora Harris of Princeton cleared 7-5 1/4 in the high jump, clearing the 1991 meet record of Brown’s Terrance Ferguson by a full inch
2002 — Chris Lambert of Harvard took both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, but was robbed of records in each by windy conditions. He clocked a 10.19 in the 100 and 20.68 in the 200, winning each by wide margins
2003 — Sam Burley of Penn showed dominance in the middle distances, claiming titles in both the 800- (1:49.68) and 1,500-meter runs (3:46.63)
2004 — Rahim Wooley of Cornell was the only men’s double champion, taking both the 100- (10.71) and 200-meter dashes (21.58)
2005 — Grafton Ifill of Penn blew through the field with impressive times of 10.40 in the 100-meter dash and 20.90 in the 200
2006 — Erison Hurtault of Columbia missed the Outdoor Heps record in the 400-meter dash by one-hundreth of a second, clocking 46.12 in the process
2007 — Erison Hurtault of Columbia didn’t just win his eighth straight Heps’ 400-meter dash title in 47.46, but took the 200m as well in 21.31, his first non-400m victory
2008 — Adam Seabrook of Cornell took a rare double, winning both the 400-meter dash (46.98) and hurdles (51.76)
2009 — Duane Teixeira of Cornell was a double winner in the long (24-5 1/2) and triple jumps (51-5w) by wide margins
2010 — Joshua Kirkpatrick of Cornell was a double winner in the decathlon (6,901) and the long jump (24-9), that mark matching the meet’s best leap since 1997
2011 — Maalik Reynolds of Penn and Donn Cabral of Princeton shared the award after Reynolds cleared 7-5 3/4 in the high jump and Cabral won the 10k as well as the steeplechase in the fastest time since 1992
2012 — Donn Cabral of Princeton won the 10k and the steeplechase for an unprecedented third year in a row. In fact, he was the first person to win either event individually three times
2013 — The first year of separate awards for the track and field turned into a Big Red sweep. Bruno Hortelano-Roig became the first Cornell athlete to win the 200- (20.82w) and 400-meter dashes (46.60) in the same meet. Stephen Mozia won the shot put (61-4 3/4), placed fourth in the discus (171-6) and fifth in the hammer (185-5).
2014 — Max Hairston of Cornell became the first man to sweep the hurdles since 1989, which included a 13.94 in the high hurdles, the second-best all-time at Heps. He also ran on the victorious 4×400-meter relay. Maalik Reynolds of Penn won his third outdoor high jump title (fifth overall) with a clearance of 7-4 1/4 in another duel with Cornell’s Montez Blair.
2015 — Tom Awad of Penn was the only double winner in the men’s meet, kicking his way to victory in both the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs while Stephen Mozia of Cornell won his fourth straight shot put title and nearly upset Penn’s Sam Mattis in the discus. Mozia’s marks of 64-9 1/4 and 200-9 are both No. 2 all-time at Heps.
2016 — Cornell swept the Athletes of the Meet awards, as Ben Rainero was the Track honoree while Rudy Winkler was the Field honoree. Rainero was the first man since 2006 to win both the 5k and 10k titles at the same championships, while Winkler broke the conference and Heps meet record in the hammer throw with his winning toss of 246-05, breaking the previous mark held by Princeton’s Conor McCullough from 2012 (242-10).