Archive for September, 2009

Chicago’s Final Pitch

Posted: 28 September by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

chicagoPresident Obama will be heading to Copenhagen, Denmark, this week as part of the final push to bring the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to Chicago.

If successful, Chicago will be just the fourth American city to host the Games, joining St. Louis (1904), Los Angeles (1932 and 1984) and Atlanta (1996).

In its storied history, nearly 900 Ivy Leaguers have competed at the Olympic Games, including 180 in track and field.

Chicago is one of four finalists, joining Rio de Janiero, Madrid and Tokyo.

NCAA Announces Changes

Posted: 23 September by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

ncaa-trackThe NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Committee has opted to scrap its four-region system for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2010, replacing it with a lopsided two-region event instead.

The East Regional, which will take place at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University, will have athletes from 195 teams competing for spot in the field. The West Regional, which will be hosted at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, will be comprised of athletes from just 107 schools.

Both regionals will take place on May 27-29 with the Championship scheduled for June 9-12 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.

Freshman Turns Heads

Posted: 19 September by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

silvaThe big news among the Ivy Leaguers at the Iona Meet of Champions in the Bronx, N.Y., on Saturday was Harvard freshman Sammy Silva leading her Crimson to the crown by winning the individual title in 22:35.43. Silva (pictured from her high school days) trekked the 6,000-meter Van Cortlandt Park course in 22:35.43, more than 16 seconds fastest than runner up Alexandra Lizarrib of Kent State.

Harvard took the team championship, scoring 44 points to Penn’s 62. Silva was one of four Crimson runners in the top six as sophomores Jeanne Mack (third), Kailyn Kuzmuk (fifth) and Nicole Cochran (sixth) were not far behind. For the Quakers, Leslie Kovach led the way, crossing the line in 23:16.06. Yale was sixth among the 21 teams which competed.

On the men’s side of the competition, Yale was fourth overall behind Kent State, Wisconsin and Malone. Junior Conor Dooney led the Elis and was the first Ivy Leaguer to finish the run, taking ninth in 25:49.29 over the 8,000-meter course. Penn’s Chris Baird was 10th, about a second-and-a-half behind Dooney as the Quakers took seventh in the 22-team field. Harvard was 14th.

The Look Ahead

Posted: 17 September by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

skedphotoHere is a quick look at the cross country meets this fall which will attract several of the Heps teams. Here at, we will keep an eye on the results and pass them along.

Saturday, September 19
Iona Meet of Champions
Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.

Friday, October 2
Paul Short Invitational
Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Saturday, October 10
New England Championships
Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.

Friday, October 16
Penn State Invitational
Penn State University in State College, Pa.

Saturday, October 17
NCAA Pre-Nationals
LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

Friday, October 30
Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.

Saturday, November 14
NCAA Regionals
Northeast Regional in Boston, Mass.
Mid-Atlantic Regional in Princess Anne, Md.

Monday, November 23
NCAA Championships
LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Track’s Where It’s At

Posted: 16 September by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

shoesThe National Federation of State High School Associations has released its annual High School Athletics Participation Survey and it turns out that track and field is hot.

In fact, in the girls’ participation, outdoor track and field has bumped off basketball as the top sport with volleyball in third. On the boys’ side, outdoor track and field is second, well behind football, but ahead of basketball.

In all last year, more than 1 million high schoolers participated in outdoor track & field.

Taking A Shot At Change

Posted: 11 September by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

eplummerPrinceton University’s Eric Plummer is an imposing figure. In fact, as a sophomore at Outdoors Heps, he flung the shot just an inch shy of 60 feet, nearly becoming the first Ivy Leaguer to manage that feat at the Championship in more than two decades. Even two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson didn’t pop a 60-footer at Heps!

But Plummer, a senior from Plainfield, N.J., possesses an enormously disarming smile and a huge heart. Not only is he a member of the board that has planned and will launch the Community House Academy on Princeton’s campus, he is a project coordinator for Crossings, an initiative to examine diversity with the students from the John Witherspoon Middle School.

Community House, founded in 1969, will be launching a new initiative with the Academy, an after-school program designed to tackle the minority achievement gap, the disparity between students of color and white students. The local public high school has run afoul of No Child Left Behind statutes because of its enormous racial and economic achievement gaps in recent years, yet the initial response from an assistant superintendent, according to a 2005 New York Times story, was to arrogantly declare, “We’re proud of our F.”

“I’m excited about the new building and also that Community House is concentrating its effort” on the minority achievement gap, Plummer said. “Hopefully it will show that with our manpower we can actually make a change.”

Community House is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a public open house at its new home at 58 Prospect Avenue from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, September 19. Please click here for more on the celebration and the outreach efforts.