Archive for April, 2009

Live From Philly

Posted: 22 April by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

plaqueThe art of the handoff will be on display for more than 100,000 fans at the Penn Relays this weekend and all eight Ivy schools will be involved. The meet is held annually at Penn’s Franklin Field, which is also the site of the Heps Championships in a few weeks.

Here is a link to all the competitors from the Ivy League:


For all the data, please visit

Willard Takes Boston Mile

Posted: 20 April by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

bostonannaFormer Brown Bear and Olympic steeplechaser Anna Willard defeated Beijing 10,000-meter bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan to win the inaugural Boston Athletic Association Invitational Mile on the city’s streets on Sunday.

Willard won the race in 4:38.6 seconds, making a break for for the tape with 200 meters remaining. She had raced along Flanagan’s shoulder on the three-loop course, which ended on the finish line for Monday’s Boston Marathon. Flanagan, the U.S. record holder at 5,000m and 10,000m, clocked 4:40.2.

Willard holds the all-time Heps records, both at the Outdoor Championship as well as the all-meet mark, in the steeplechase, winning the League title in 2006 in a swift 10:11.51. She then competed for a season as a graduate student at the University of Michigan before earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

If I Had A Hammer

Posted: 15 April by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

alexpThe Ivy League outdoor track and field season is well underway and at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton earlier this month a pair of hammer throwers had the biggest impact.

Tiger senior Alex Pessala flung his implement 220-9, the second-longest toss in Heps history. Yale’s James Driscoll’s League record in that discipline has stood at 228-2 for 22 years now.

Meanwhile, Dartmouth senior Emily Daly came within eight inches of breaking the League’s women’s record in the event. Her 194-8 toss threatened the mark established by Harvard’s Nicky Grant in 2002.

And no Ivy report is complete without detailing the exploits of Cornell senior Jeomi Maduka, who opened her outdoor season by returning to her native state and winning the long jump at the prestigious Texas Relays (21-6). Maduka then posted a triple jump of 43-9 the following day.

Neither mark was a personal best, but both were close.

To see a full outdoor performance list, please click here.

Pull Out Your Planner

Posted: 1 April by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

The 2009 Outdoor Heps schedule has been finalized and is available here. The time has come to call your friends and make plans to take in all the action from Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on May 9-10.