As we head into the final weekend before Heps, there are several items that might be of interest. Here goes:
In case you missed it, HepsTrack asked the coaches where the contenders in Van Cortlandt Park separate themselves from the pack. The famed back hills generated much of the response.
By the way, if you are going to Heps Cross Country, you should let us know and invite a friend. We have 197 RSVPs as of Saturday morning and there is no reason we shouldn’t get to 300 before the gun fires, right? (UPDATE: We are at 199, but one of those is my dog Chaka. So we really need two for 200!)
The Princeton Tigers are ranked 18th in the country in the latest coaches’ polls on both the men’s and women’s side. Two other Heps men’s teams received votes, as Columbia slots in at 32nd and Dartmouth 34th.
Bet you didn’t know that Princeton stars Sarah and Marisa Cummings were competitive figure skaters before turning to distance running. Andy Martens of the Daily Princetonian chatted the sisters up for a story this week. Sarah was in the middle of Princeton’s historical 1-2-3-4-5 sweep last year at Heps.
Former Harvard star Chas Gillespie talked with Tony Casey of FloTrack. Gillespie, now competing as a fifth year at William & Mary tells the tale of Harvard’s “Primal Scream,” a winter clothing-optional run around Harvard Yard. “It’s kind of weird because it’s not just people streaking,” he says. “People come out and watch. It’s really, very strange.”
Former Heps champion steeplechaser Max King of Cornell recently finished as the top American at the Baltimore Marathon, taking sixth overall. Six of the first eight runners to break the tape in Baltimore were Kenyans, paced by David Rutoh, who was more than two minutes ahead of King.
Again, big thanks to Mary Boggs for tracking down a lot of this data!