Archive for May, 2009

What’s Next?

Posted: 31 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

hurdlesOkay, let’s start with a quick look back. Heps Track needs to extend its appreciation to the folks at LetsRun.com for linking up the website during the NCAA Regionals. Our site had a lot of unexpected traffic (thousands upon thousands of visitors) thanks to the help of the Brothers Johnson.

Now, up next. On Tuesday, the NCAA’s Track & Field Subcommittee will complete its at-large selections for the National Championship, which are scheduled for Fayetteville, Ark., from June 10-13. The full list of participants will be posted here by 3 pm.

“Now,” you may ask yourself, “how do they arrive at the at-large selections?”

Here it is, straight from the NCAA Manual:

The track and field committee has adopted the following process for selecting at-large berths into the national championships meet. After the automatic qualifiers (top five declared student-athletes in individual events, top three declared relays based upon regional performance) have been identified, the committee will place the next seven declared student-athletes/relay teams (plus ties based on place) in each event based upon regional performance into the national at-large pool.

The at-large pool student-athletes are then listed in order of their best performance of the year, including any best marks established at the regional meet. The committee will fill the field in each event by starting at the top of the at-large pool until the cap of 544 student-athletes per gender is reached.

If the numbers of allowable student-athletes have not been reached after automatic qualifiers and minimum field sizes have been accommodated, the committee will add student-athletes to the meet by adding equally to all events (including relays) for as long as the number of available student-athlete spaces will allow. At this step, if two or more student-athletes are tied by mark for the next qualifying performance, all such student-athletes will be added to the field as long as the number of spaces available is sufficient.

If you want to figure all this out for yourself, click here, scroll to the bottom and knock yourself out!

It is impossible to know whom, among the qualifiers, will scratch and which doors will be opened, but these Ivy athletes are each within reach of reconsideration.

Anna Aagenes, Penn — 800m Run
Liz Costello, Princeton — 1,500m Run
Sarah Cummings, Princeton — 10,000m Run
Emily Daly, Dartmouth — Hammer Throw
Adrien Dannemiller, Cornell — Steeplechase
Natalie Gengel, Cornell — Pole Vault
Zac Hine, Cornell — 10,000m Run
Megan Lessard, Columbia — 5,000m Run
Jeomi Maduka, Cornell — Long Jump & Triple Jump
Jeff Moriarty, Columbia — 800m Run
Darryll Oliver, Penn — 800m Run
Stephanie Pancoast, Cornell — Steeplechase
Max Westman, Penn — Decathlon

Taking On The World… And Winning

Posted: 30 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

willardbrownBrown University graduate Anna Willard continues to make noise in the international track world, this time by winning the 800-meter run at the Reebok Grand Prix, part of USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, at Icahn Stadium in New York City on Saturday.

Willard ran 1:59.29 to beat Olympians Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica and Hazel Clark of the U.S. Already established as one of the nation’s top milers, Willard also posted the fastest steeplechase time ever recorded on American soil just two weeks ago. Her developing world-class range is unusual.

Afterward, she spoke to Mark Floreani of FloTrack and that interview is available here.

Willard was not the only Ivy Leaguer in the stellar field as Penn grad Jesse Carlin was seventh (2:03.42) and Cornell grad Morgan Uceny — returning from injury — was ninth.

Just three years ago at Outdoor Heps at Penn, Carlin won the 400-meter dash, Uceny broke the meet record in the 800-meter run and Willard set a meet standard in the steeplechase. The photo above, taken by Dan Grossman, is Willard emerging from the water during that run.

Final Notes From Greensboro

Posted: 30 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

lightsonIn the final individual event — the men’s triple jump — no Ivy Leaguers advanced, although Cornell junior Gary Jones did take eighth with a best effort of 50-10. The point he earned was the Big Red’s 26th on the weekend, good for eighth place overall in the roughly 100-team region.

Seventeen of the 100 Ivy League athletes competing at the East Regional have punched an automatic ticket to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. (June 10-13) while others will be waiting to see if they are granted at-large entries. Scroll down one post to see a list of those whom advanced. Harvard rookie pole vaulter Nico Weiler was the League’s lone event champion.

The final team scoring looked like this:

MEN
1. Florida 84; 2. South Carolina 62; 3. Georgia 59; 4. Florida State 51; 5. Georgia Tech 41; 6. Virginia 29; 7. Virginia Tech 26 1/2; 8. Cornell 26; 9. Clemson 23; 10. Albany 21.
Other Ivy top 20 finishers: 15. Princeton 14; 19. Harvard & Brown 13.

WOMEN
1. Florida State 71; 2. Penn State 60; 3. Miami 51; 4. Florida 48; 5. Virginia Tech 42; 6. South Carolina 37; 7. Connecticut 35; 8. North Carolina 25.50; 9. Virginia & Central Florida 24.
Ivy top 20 finishers: 16. Columbia 15; 19. Cornell 11.

Okay, lights out!

Two More In The Discus

Posted: 30 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

pre-bro-powlenIn the midst of a remarkable flurry of Ivy advancement, two Ivy discus throwers have pushed the number of Leaguers headed to nationals to 17. Brown junior Bryan Powlen and Yale senior Jeff Lachman were fourth and fifth as Powlen had a best of 53.82 meters (176-7) and Lachman 53.59 (175-10). Virginia senior Yemi Ayeni won the discus in 190-5. For the complete results in the men’s discus, please click here.

HEADING TO ARKANSAS FOR NATIONALS
Becky Christensen, Harvard — High Jump
Kate Grace, Yale — 800m Run
Sharay Hale, Columbia — 400m Dash
Ashley Higginson, Princeton — Steeplechase
Garrett Huyler, Cornell — High Jump
Craig Kinsley, Brown — Javelin Throw
Jeff Lachman, Yale — Discus Throw
Michael Maag, Princeton — 5,000m Run
Maria Matos, Cornell — Discus Throw
Alex Pessala, Princeton — Hammer Throw
Bryan Powlen, Brown — Discus Throw
Jeff Randall, Columbia — Steeplechase
Monique Roberts, Columbia — High Jump
Brynn Smith, Brown — Hammer Throw
Duane Teixeira, Cornell — Long Jump
Nico Weiler, Harvard — Pole Vault
Jimmy Wyner, Cornell — 1,500m Run

Randall Joins The Party

Posted: 30 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

randall-previewColumbia senior Jeff Randall, who broke through to win the Heps steeplechase after three near misses, will finish his collegiate career at the NCAA Championships in Arkansas after taking third at the East Regionals. Randall finished in 8:50.23, not far behind Syracuse senior Kyle Heath and Virginia sophomore Steven Finley. Cornell sophomore Adrien Dannemiller just missed, taking sixth in 8:54.73. For complete results in the men’s steeple, please click here.

HEADING TO ARKANSAS FOR NATIONALS
Becky Christensen, Harvard — High Jump
Kate Grace, Yale — 800m Run
Sharay Hale, Columbia — 400m Dash
Ashley Higginson, Princeton — Steeplechase
Garrett Huyler, Cornell — High Jump
Craig Kinsley, Brown — Javelin Throw
Michael Maag, Princeton — 5,000m Run
Maria Matos, Cornell — Discus Throw
Alex Pessala, Princeton — Hammer Throw
Jeff Randall, Columbia — Steeplechase
Monique Roberts, Columbia — High Jump
Brynn Smith, Brown — Hammer Throw
Duane Teixeira, Cornell — Long Jump
Nico Weiler, Harvard — Pole Vault
Jimmy Wyner, Cornell — 1,500m Run

Lemme Take You Higher

Posted: 30 May by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

highjumpers
The fact that Harvard senior Becky Christensen is heading to the NCAA Championships in the high jump is not really a surprise. But that she finished behind Columbia freshman Monique Roberts is something of a shocker. Both athletes cleared 5-11 1/4, but it took Christensen three attempts for that clearance while Roberts did it on her first try to finish second behind UConn junior Carin Knight, who cleared 6-0 1/2. That brings the Ivy count to 14 national qualifiers. For complete results in the women’s high jump, please click here.

HEADING TO ARKANSAS FOR NATIONALS
Becky Christensen, Harvard — High Jump
Kate Grace, Yale — 800m Run
Sharay Hale, Columbia — 400m Dash
Ashley Higginson, Princeton — Steeplechase
Garrett Huyler, Cornell — High Jump
Craig Kinsley, Brown — Javelin Throw
Michael Maag, Princeton — 5,000m Run
Maria Matos, Cornell — Discus Throw
Alex Pessala, Princeton — Hammer Throw
Monique Roberts, Columbia — High Jump
Brynn Smith, Brown — Hammer Throw
Duane Teixeira, Cornell — Long Jump
Nico Weiler, Harvard — Pole Vault
Jimmy Wyner, Cornell — 1,500m Run