Archive for October, 2009

Chenoweth, Columbia Come Through

Posted: 30 October by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


Photos by Bill Allen, NJ Sport/Action Photography

Princeton’s bid for a fourth straight men’s Heps championship came to a narrow end as the Columbia Lions, led by a fifth-place finish from Brendan Martin, defeated the Tigers by a single point. The 60-61 score was the closest Heps finish since 1972 (when Harvard and Navy tied). It is the Lions’ first team victory since Gerry Groothuis led the charge in 2004.

Individually, Harvard junior Dan Chenoweth — sporting pomegranate red shoes — became the first Crimson runner to win the men’s Heps Championship since 1995 (Ian Carswell) with Brown senior Christian Escareno in second and Princeton sophomore Brian Leung in third.

Rounding out the Ivy League first-teamers were Cornell junior Nate Edelman, Columbia’s Martin, Princeton sophomore Donn Cabral and Brown senior Duriel Hardy.

Team Scores
1. Columbia, 60
2. Princeton, 61
3. Dartmouth & Cornell, 90
5. Brown, 106
6. Harvard, 139
7. Yale, 160
8. Penn, 215

Individual Top 10 Finishers
1. Dan Chenoweth (Harvard), 25:09.2
2. Christian Escareno (Brown), 25:19.7
3. Brian Leung (Princeton), 25:28.0
4. Nate Edelman (Cornell), 25:31.2
5. Brendan Martin (Columbia), 25:31.2
6. Donn Cabral (Princeton), 25:37.9
7. Duriel Hardy (Brown), 25:40.6
8. Kyle Merber (Columbia), 25:41.9
9. Tom Robbins (Dartmouth), 25:42.4
10. John Loeser (Brown), 25:43.1

Men’s complete scoring is available here.

Costello & Princeton Roar Again

Posted: 30 October by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


Photos by Bill Allen, NJ Sport/Action Photography

The women’s race has finished and Princeton senior Liz Costello has won her third straight Heps championship by a wide margin, finishing more than 17 seconds ahead of the competition. The Stafford, Pa., native becomes the first three-time women’s champion since Harvard’s Kate Wiley won in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

Remarkably, Princeton runners took the top five places, becoming the first League team — men’s or women’s — to score a perfect 15 points as sophomore Alex Banfich, junior Sarah Cummings, junior Ashley Higginson and senior Reilly Kiernan followed Costello in.

Harvard, led by junior Claire Richardson’s sixth-place showing, was second, just ahead of host Columbia. Brown senior Ariel Wright finished seventh and joined the five Tigers runners and Richardson on the Ivy League first team this year.

Team Scores
1. Princeton, 15
2. Harvard, 69
3. Columbia, 75
4. Cornell, 97
5. Brown, 119
6. Dartmouth, 167
7. Penn, 195
8. Yale, 238

Individual Top 10 Finishers
1. Liz Costello (Princeton), 16:55.7
2. Alex Banfich (Princeton), 17:12.9
3. Sarah Cummings (Princeton), 17:15.5
4. Ashley Higginson (Princeton), 17:18.0
5. Reilly Kiernan (Princeton), 17:21.5
6. Claire Richardson (Harvard), 17:28.1
7. Ariel Wright (Brown), 17:33.9
8. Jackie Drouin (Columbia), 17:37.4
9. Stephanie Pancoast (Cornell), 17:37.4
10. Julie Quinn (Columbia), 17:46.0

Complete women’s scoring is available here.

Princeton Assistant Athletic Director Jerry Price has reported the first quote of the day: “Brown had the best cookies.” He has since reported that he is “stuffed.”

Some New Hardware

Posted: 30 October by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

jefforThe Heps cross country teams are gunning for titles today in the Bronx and the teams that emerge as champions will have new hardware to showcase — and I am particularly excited about that because both trophies are named after the best boss I ever had.

Former Ivy League Executive Director Jeff Orleans and his family have been honored in the commissioning of the cross country trophies.

Jeff has been a long-time friend of Ivy cross country and a strong advocate for the team trophy program that has seen more than 20 such pieces. He retired this past summer after 25 years of service to the League and he rarely missed the trip to the Bronx for the Championships. In fact, his trip was never complete without a stop for a piece of carrot cake across the street.

The men’s trophy is dedicated as the Jeffrey H. Orleans Trophy while the women will run for The Orleans Family Trophy, which includes Jeff’s wife Tracy and their sons Jesse and Alex.


Race Day in New York

Posted: 30 October by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

sunAccording to, there is no reason for anyone to not come to Van Cortlandt Park today for the Heps Championship. It will be in the mid- to upper-50s at race time (women start at 11:15 am) with a very low chance of precipitation. Click here to find out directions and details!

Women’s Preview: Princeton Tigers

Posted: 29 October by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

ht-pri-womNo team had ever dominated Heps like Princeton did a year ago … Led by now-senior Liz Costello, who repeated as the individual champion in a stunning record time of 16:59.9, Coach Peter Farrell’s Tigers scored an all-time best 17 total points by taking first, second, third, fifth and sixth, and nine of the first 11 spots before taking fifth place at Nationals a few weeks later … The bad news for the rest of the Ivy League is that almost everyone is back for the team ranked as high as fifth in the national polls this fall … Despite being “a rough year with all the flu like symptoms going around,” Farrell has so much talent to turn to … “Liz Costello has led us in every single race and workout. She’s just been incredibly steady. Following Liz, we’ve had some success with the next four (Sarah Cummings, Reilly Kiernan, Ashley Higginson and Alex Banfich) grouping together. Six through eight has been the domain of Alexa Glencer, Liz Deir and Mel Newbery. They should be pumped on Friday.” … Princeton recently finished third at the NCAA Pre-Nationals behind top-ranked Washington and No. 5 Florida … Costello, who will look to become the first three-time women’s Heps winner in 25 years today, was sixth in the white race, finishing the 6k course in 20:44.7, less than 20 seconds behind victor Angela Bizzarri of Illinois.

Men’s Preview: Harvard Crimson

Posted: 29 October by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

ht-har-menAfter three straight last-place finishes (2004-06), Harvard Coach Jason Saretsky has steadily built the Crimson into a legitimate contender with solid showings each of the last two years … Now expectations in Cambridge are high … “Coming into this year, both our teams were shooting for top-three finishes so we are going to take our best shot at that.” … Harvard is the only squad to return two Heps top-10 finishers from last year, resting much of its hopes on senior Chas Gillespie and junior Daniel Chenoweth … Gillespie will make his 2009 debut at Van Cortlandt Park, while Chenoweth is already in top form, winning the annual dual meet with Yale by 24 seconds in 24:20, a personal best at Franklin Park … But that was nothing compared to his eighth-place finish and personal-best 8k time of 24:01.8 in the blue race at NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., just 21 seconds behind winner Luke Puskedra of perennial national power Oregon … Freshman Jeremy Gilmour (25:21.0) and junior Ryan Neely (25:41.5) were Harvard’s next two finishers at Pre-Nats and look for solid contributions at Heps.