Archive for November, 2009

The Parade of Champions

Posted: 25 November by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


As we move to the indoor season, you may need to be reminded who to watch. Below is a list of the 29 individual Heps champions who are returning to defend their crowns.

Among the 16 men are three-time champ Duane Teixeira of Cornell, who was the Athlete of the Meet at Outdoor Heps, and three other multiple champions — Princeton’s Mike Eddy and Eric Plummer as well as Columbia sprinter Stefan Vutescu. Teixeira is pictured above with Heps Meet Manager Mike Muska, accepting his outstanding performer hardware.

Thirteen 2009 women’s champions are also back, including Outdoor Athlete of the Meet Brynn Smith of Brown. She is one of four multiple champions returning, including Princeton’s Sarah Cummings, Yale’s Kate Grace and Harvard’s Claire Richardson.

The coming championships for 2010 will be at Dartmouth’s Leverone Fieldhouse (Feb. 27-28) and Princeton’s Weaver Stadium (May 8-9).

MEN
John Carelli, Penn (Sr., Allentown, Pa.) — I, Triple Jump
Dan Chenoweth, Harvard (Jr., Geneseo, Ill.) — I, 3k Run
Mike Eddy, Princeton (Jr., Asheboro, N.C.) — I, 500m Dash; O, 400m Dash
Justin Frick, Princeton (Sr., Freehold, N.J.) — I, High Jump
Justin Grinstead, Harvard (Sr., Orillia, Ont.) — O, 400m Hurdles
Austin Hollimon, Princeton (Soph., Decatur, Ga.) — O, 200m Dash
Nick Huber, Cornell (Soph., Leopold, Ind.) — I, 400m Dash
Craig Kinsley, Brown (Jr., Fairfield, Conn.) — O, Javelin
Jeff Moriarty, Columbia (Jr., Westwood, Mass.) — I, 1,000m Run
Darryll Oliver, Penn (Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) — O, 800m Run
Eric Plummer, Princeton (Sr., Plainfield, N.J.) — I & O, Shot Put
Bryan Powlen, Brown (Sr., Kewanna, Ind.) — O, Discus
David Slovenski, Princeton (Soph., Brunswick, Maine) — I, Pole Vault
Duane Teixeira, Cornell (Sr., Melrose, Mass.) — I & O, Long Jump; O, Triple Jump
Stefan Vutescu, Columbia (Sr., Bucharest, Romania) — I, 60m Dash; O, 100m Dash
Nico Weiler, Harvard (Soph., Stuttgart, Germany) — O, Pole Vault

WOMEN
Kyra Caldwell, Columbia (Soph., Ypsilanti, Mich.) — O, 100m Hurdles
Liz Costello, Princeton (Sr., Strafford, Pa.) — O, 3k Run
Sarah Cummings, Princeton (Jr., Newport Beach, Calif.) — I, 5k Run; O, 10k Run
Jessica Fronk, Harvard (Jr., Owingen, Germany) — O, Javelin
Natalie Gengel, Cornell (Sr., Princeton, N.J.) — O, Pole Vault
Kate Grace, Yale (Jr., Santa Monica, Calif.) — I & O, 800m Run
Danielle Grunloh, Brown (Sr., Effingham, Ill.) — I, Shot Put
Sharay Hale, Columbia (Soph., Milwaukee, Wis.) — O, 400m Dash
Melissa Hewitt, Cornell (Soph., Brampton, Ont.) — O, 100m Dash
Ashley Higginson, Princeton (Jr., Colts Neck, N.J.) — O, Steeplechase
Claire Richardson, Harvard (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) — I, 3k Run; O, 5k Run
Brynn Smith, Brown (Jr., Saco, Maine) — O, Shot Put; O, Hammer
Alexandra Tanner, Dartmouth (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) — O, 400m Hurdles

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Preparing To Move Indoors

Posted: 25 November by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

Now that the cross country season has come to an end, it is time for the sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and throwers to get into the act. The photo to the right was taken at the 2009 Indoor Heps by Duncan Huyler, the father of former Cornell high jumping star Garrett Huyler. You can take a look at his collection of Big Red and Heps images here.

Below is a look at the Heps indoor season schedule (as gleaned from the schools’ official athletics websites):

Saturday, December 5
Alden Invitational in Providence, R.I. (Brown)
Cornell Relays in Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell)
Husky Winter Carnival in Boston, Mass. (Harvard)
Lidlifter Invitational in New Haven, Conn. (Yale)

Friday, December 11
New Years Invitational in Princeton, N.J. (Princeton)

Saturday, December 12
Harvard Open in Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard)

Friday, January 8
Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth, Harvard)
Cornell Open in Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell)

Saturday, January 9
Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth, Harvard)
Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. (Penn, Princeton)
College Invitational in New Haven, Conn. (Yale)

Sunday, January 10
Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth, Harvard)

Saturday, January 16
Harvard Invitational in Cambridge, Mass. (Brown, Harvard)
Penn State Open in State College, Pa. (Cornell, Penn)
New Hampshire, Vermont & Maine at Dartmouth

Friday, January 22
Great Dane Classic in New York, N.Y. (Penn)

Saturday, January 23
Columbia & Yale at Dartmouth
Harvard Multi-Meet in Cambridge, Mass. (Brown, Harvard)
Upstate Challenge in Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell)
Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J. (Princeton)

Friday, January 29
Terrier Classic in Boston, Mass. (Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale)
Harvard Multi-Meet in Cambridge, Mass. (Cornell, Harvard)
PSU National Invitational in State College, Pa. (Penn)

Saturday, January 30
Terrier Classic in Boston, Mass. (Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale)
Harvard Multi-Meet in Cambridge, Mass. (Cornell, Harvard)
Collegiate Duals in New York, N.Y. (Columbia, Princeton)
PSU National Invitational in State College, Pa. (Penn)
URI Invitational in Kingston, R.I. (Brown)

Friday, February 5
Geigengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn. (Brown, Penn, Yale)
Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa. (Cornell, Princeton)
New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. (Columbia)

Saturday, February 6
Geigengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn. (Brown, Penn, Yale)
Sabock Challenge in State College, Pa. (Cornell, Princeton)
Dartmouth Indoor Classic in Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth)
Battle of Beantown in Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard)
New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. (Columbia)

Friday, February 12
Virginia Duals in New York, N.Y. (Brown, Columbia, Penn)
St. Valentine’s Invitational in Boston, Mass. (Brown, Dartmouth)

Saturday, February 13
Harvard & Yale at Princeton
Virginia Duals in New York, N.Y. (Brown, Columbia, Penn)
St. Valentine’s Invitational in Boston, Mass. (Brown, Dartmouth)
Robert Kane Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell)

Saturday, February 20
Marc Deneault Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. (Cornell)
Princeton Invitational in Lawrenceville, N.J. (Princeton)

Sunday, February 21
USATF New Englands in Cambridge, Mass. (Brown, Dartmouth)

Saturday, February 27
Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in Hanover, N.H.

Sunday, February 28
Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in Hanover, N.H.

Saturday, March 6
ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. (Reggie Lewis Center)
IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass. (BU Track Center)
Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. (Columbia, Penn, Princeton)

Sunday, March 7
ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. (Reggie Lewis Center)
IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass. (BU Track Center)
Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. (Columbia, Penn, Princeton)

Saturday, March 12
NCAA National Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Sunday, March 13
NCAA National Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tigers Take Fifth At Nationals

Posted: 23 November by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

The Princeton Tigers finished fifth at the NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship for the second straight year as Villanova pulled away with a surprising national championship. Senior Liz Costello, as expected, was the first member of the Orange and Black across the finish line, taking 18th in 20:25. That was about 40 seconds behind winner Angela Bizzarri of Illinois.

The prohibitive favorite, Jenny Barringer of Colorado, struggled physically and finished in the bottom half of the race, taking the Buffs out of contention for the team title. Villanova cruised to victory with 86 points, followed by Florida State (133), defending champion Washington (188), Texas Tech (191) and Princeton (251).

For Princeton, sophomore Alex Banfich was 43rd (20:58) with juniors Sarah Cummings 49th (21:01) and Ashley Higginson 57th (21:07). Senior Reilly Kiernan was the team’s final scorer in 84th (21:19) while senior Alexa Glencer (132nd, 21:45) and junior Liz Deir (140th, 21:51) battled as well on the course in Terre Haute, Ind.

The South Bend Tribune, focusing on hometown star Banfich, talked to Coach Peter Farrell afterward. He said, “Sometimes, the nerves take over. We probably went out too hard. It’s OK, I’ll take a dozen more Alex Banfiches, if you’ve got any. I can’t tell you how much she means to our program.”

Two Harvard females also ran with junior Claire Richardson finishing 100th (21:17) and sophomore Kailyn Kuzmuk taking 185th (21:55).

No Ivy men’s teams competed as Oklahoma State won the team title and Liberty junior Samuel Chelanga crushed the course record by 22 seconds (28:41.3). Four Heps athletes did run individually, led by Harvard junior and Heps champion Dan Chenoweth, who was 42nd in 30:23.6. Also competing were three other juniors — Cornell’s Nate Edelman (93rd, 30:51.3), Princeton’s Rob Speare (123rd, 31:09.5) and Brown’s Christian Escareno (204th, 32:01.0).

For full results, please click here.

Tigers Running A Box-and-One?

Posted: 23 November by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

“We’ve got a great strategy this year. In basketball, it’s called a box-and-one. We’ve got one girl running up front and four of them running together. I kind of like those chances.” — Princeton coach Peter Farrell in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star discussing his third-ranked team’s strategy at NCAAs today. The ‘one’ is three-time Heps champion Liz Costello, who is running her final collegiate cross country race.

We are in Indiana today, but not in Terre Haute! So we will get you results of the Ivies at the NCAAs as soon as we track them down.

Tigers Set To Roar

Posted: 20 November by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized


The No. 3-ranked Princeton women’s cross country team will take its run at the national title on Monday at the NCAA Cross Country Championship on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

The race — slated to begin at 12:58 pm — will be aired live on VERSUS, with a live webstream available on NCAA.com.

Princeton — currently ranked behind only Washington and Villanova — finished fifth last season, the best showing in program history. But the 2009 team’s goal is to finish in the top four and stand on the podium during the awards ceremony.

The Tigers have a core five that will help the team challenge for one of those coveted top four spots, and all have competed in the national race before. Senior co-captain Liz Costello — a three-time League champion — was the team’s top scorer last season, finishing the 6k in 11th with a time of 20:24.

Pictured above are seniors Reilly Kiernan, Liz Costello and Alexa Glencer.

Thirty-one teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams were selected at-large. Thirty-eight individuals were selected to participate in each championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 in their region.

From Wire-To-Wire In The Mire

Posted: 17 November by Brett Hoover in Uncategorized

In his weekly newsletter to his alumni and booster group, Dartmouth Coach Barry Harwick painted the picture of the NCAA Northeast Regional at Franklin Park in Boston:

“A Nor’easter blew into Boston early Saturday morning with heavy rain and wind. Even more interesting was the eight high school races scheduled for Franklin Park for Saturday morning. By the time we got to the park, the course was either mud or under water.”

But Harvard junior Daniel Chenoweth trudged his way through the muck to finish third, claiming an automatic berth to next week’s NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. Afterward, the folks from FloTrack caught up with Chenoweth for a breakdown of the events.

And to see photos of the morass, please click here.