Archive for July, 2010

This Is Harder Than The Vault?

Posted: 30 July by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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This is sure to start a fight, but a panel of ‘experts’ have rated sports by the demands of the athletes who compete. If you could see me right now, you’d see me airquote the word ‘experts’ with my fingers, because it included Chris McKendry, Jim Caple and Michael Knisley of ESPN.

A look at track and field events shows that they pretty much bunched them up, except for the pole vault, the top-ranked track event. Somehow they rated all track and field events behind things like softball, tennis, lacrosse and soccer. Kinda pokes a huge hole in the expert thing, huh?

Another red flag? How about the omission of multi-events, hurdles and the steeplechase?

Anyway, the field events in their order: 1. pole vault; 2. high jump (behind auto racing?); 3. horizontal jumps; 4. sprints; 5. distance (beating out bull-riding?); 6. middle distance; 7. weights (behind table tennis?).

The top five sports? 1. boxing; 2. ice hockey; 3. football; 4. basketball; 5. wrestling.

The bottom five? 56. curling; 57. bowling; 58. shooting; 59. billiards; 60. fishing. Hard to disagree too much with the bottom five as most people do three of them better while drinking.

Flame away under comments. Just remember that HepsTrack didn’t rank these, we just reported on them.

The Matchup in Mayaguez

Posted: 29 July by Brett Hoover in Alumni, Cornell, Harvard
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In 2005, Harvard’s Samyr Laine recorded the longest triple jump in Ivy League history, landing 53-7 1/2 from the takeoff board. Three years later, Muhammad Halim of Cornell broke that mark, leaping 54-5 1/2 and winning the NCAA Championship. Those two still stand first and second in League annals.

Well, today in Mayaguez, P.R., they squared off at the Central American & Caribbean Games, Laine wearing the colors of Haiti and Halim representing the U.S. Virgin Islands. This time Laine got the better of the Cornellian, taking third (55-9 3/4) while Halim was fifth (53-8 1/4).

“There’s more in the tank,” wrote Laine on Facebook last night. “But I’ll take the bronze; for now…”

Saving his winning performance for his final jump, Leevan Sands of the Bahamas beat Grenada’s Randy Lewis by a centimeter (17.21 to 17.20). Sands’ mark translates to 56-5 3/4.

UPDATE: Halim — who was born in St. Croix, USVI — had won silver in the long jump a few days ago and I completely missed it. His 25-6 3/4 was bettered only by Bermuda’s Tyrone Smith (26-11 3/4).

And Now… The Men

Posted: 29 July by Brett Hoover in Announcement, Athletes, Brown, Cornell
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Yesterday the U.S. College Track Coaches (USTFCCCA) named 27 Ivy women to its All-Academic team. Today that group added 26 Ivy men to the list, led by NCAA Champion javelin thrower Craig Kinsley of Brown and former Heps Athlete of the Meet Duane Teixeira, a horizontal jumper from Cornell.

Here’s the group:

Mark Amirault, Princeton
Peter Callahan, Princeton
Bob Belden, Cornell
Matthew Bogdan, Yale
Adrien Dannemiller, Cornell
Eric DePalo, Yale
Mike Eddy, Princeton
Chas Gillespie, Harvard
Duriel Hardy, Brown
William Harris, Yale
Brian Hill, Harvard
Nick Huber, Cornell
David Irving, Dartmouth
Brett Kelly, Cornell
Craig Kinsley, Brown
Chris Labosky, Yale
Ted Lesher, Dartmouth
Michael Levine, Yale
Alex Lippai, Dartmouth
Jordan Maddocks, Brown
Phil Royer, Dartmouth
Duane Teixeira, Cornell
Trevor Van Ackeren, Princeton
Elliot Welder, Princeton
Chris Zablocki, Dartmouth
Richard Zamora, Cornell

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.

Preparing for Wreck Shop

Posted: 29 July by Brett Hoover in Alumni, Columbia, Harvard
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Tonight, at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the favorite in the triple jump has Ivy roots.

That’s because of the 13-person field, the one with the best career and season jumps is Harvard graduate Samyr Laine, who will be leaping for Haiti.

Laine, who has leapt, stepped and bounded more than 57 feet, represented Haiti at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, back in March and gave HepsTrack his insights back then. Click here for that story.

In a recent post on his great website, Laine mentioned the CAC Championships, writing, “Haiti’s team is stronger than ever before and I’m feeling 110 percent ready to wreck shop when I get on that runway.”

In addition to Laine in the triple and Nicky Grant taking bronze in the hammer throw, Columbia grad Erison Hurtault, representing Dominica, took fifth in the 400-meter dash, running 45.69. The Assault won all eight Heps 400 dash crowns in his stellar career in Morningside Heights.

Ivy Women Honored Academically

Posted: 28 July by Brett Hoover in Announcement, Athletes
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Led by Yale All-American Kate Grace and Heps hammer throw record-holder Brynn Smith of Brown, 27 Ivy Leaguers have been named to the U.S. Track Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s All-Academic team. They are:

Mallory Anderson, Columbia
Gabriela Baiter, Brown
Alex Banfich, Princeton
Alexandra Cadicamo, Yale
Sarah Cummings, Princeton
Carlyle Davis, Harvard
Jacqueline Drouin, Columbia
Claudia Duncan, Yale
Jessica Fronk, Harvard
Molly Glantz, Cornell
Kate Grace, Yale
Kelsey Karys, Cornell
Reilly Kiernan, Princeton
Serita Lachesis, Columbia
Emily Lanois, Columbia
Anne Lovelace, Yale
Mel Newbery, Princeton
Queen Okeke, Columbia
Stephanie Pancoast, Cornell
Lauren Pischel, Brown
Julianne Quinn, Columbia
Claire Richardson, Harvard
Erin Roberts, Cornell
Brynn Smith, Brown
Alexandra Tanner, Dartmouth
Tory Worthen, Princeton
Ariel Wright, Brown

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or participated in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds) in their respective event.

The men’s team will be announced on Thursday.

A weekend Heps report from Mary Boggs:

Back in 2002, Nicky Grant of Harvard simply crushed the Outdoor Heps record in the hammer throw, putting the mark at 195-6, about 17 feet further than the previous record. That record held until this spring when Brown junior Brynn Smith won Heps with a toss of 199-8.

But Grant isn’t looking back because she is too busy looking ahead. In fact, over the weekend the 29-year-old won a bronze medal for Jamaica at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, P.R. Her throw was 196-7, better than her record Heps mark of eight years ago. She repeated as a bronze medalist, as she had done the same at the 2005 CAC Championships in the Bahamas.

And Grant wasn’t the only Ivy Leaguer in action over the weekend (not even counting the IAAF World Juniors) as Dartmouth graduate Ben True ran at the USA Seven-Mile Championships in Davenport, Iowa. He finished seventh, in 33:27, despite running in a thunderstorm at the Quad City Times Bix 7, which is host to the Championships. True was 32 seconds behind champion Ryan Hall.