National Records Abound At Heps

Posted: 4 December by Brett Hoover in Announcement

Many years ago, I was sitting next to the late Eric Kloiber at the Penn Relays, when his Mount St. Mary’s team finished deep in the field in an overcrowded distance medley relay. Eric pulled out his media guide, turned to the record section and declared that the Mount had broken the school record. Because his team hadn’t finished in the top 10 in a race that didn’t even include any elite teams, I chuckled a bit. But Eric, the consummate sports information director, shook it off and said, “Hey, I have the lede for my story now.”

So the next year, Eric had found some online resource with a variety of national records. He printed it out and peppered me with useless information throughout the meet. Things like, “Did you know that if Coatesville High’s 4×4 consisted of four natives of Burkina Faso, they’d have just broken the national record?”

Yeah, I still miss Eric. I was telling a story about him recently and I was reminded of his ‘everyone sets a national record’ approach to sports. So this post is in honor of Eric. For purposes of this exercise, I have ignored wind readings. And that would have annoyed him to no end. His love of track was so deep that Mount St. Mary’s named a track and field invitational meet for him.

Through Kloib’s eyes last year’s Outdoor Heps saw national records in every event, if only Mark Amirault was from Bermuda; Dani Grunloh from Mexico and on and on.

100m dash — Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell), 10.64 (Syria: 10.67, Nabil Nahri, 1980)
200m dash — Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell), 21.54 (Albania: 21.59, Oltion Luli, 1998)
400m dash — Mike Eddy (Princeton), 47.26 (Paraguay: 47.46, Francisco Rojas Soto, 1972)
800m run — Jeff Moriarty (Columbia), 1:48.29 (Bahamas: 1:49.54, Chris Brown, 1998)
1,500m run — Kyle Merber (Columbia), 3:54.62 (El Salvador: 3:55.52, Francis de Jesus Jimenez, 2006)
5,000m run — Mark Amirault (Princeton), 14:24.74 (Bermuda: 14:38.15, Terrance Armstrong, 2001)
10,000m run — Donn Cabral (Princeton), 29:51.71 (Senegal: 30:15.17, Ibrahima Gning, 2007)
110m hurdles — Nick Huber (Cornell), 14.86 (Niger: 14.93, Ibrahim Tondi, 2004)
400m hurdles — Justin Grinstead (Harvard), 52.19 (Ecuador: 52.51, Jhon Tamayo, 2003)
Steeplechase — Donn Cabral (Princeton), 8:54.55 (Egypt: 8:55.1, Abdel Rasoul El Badry, 2000)
High jump — Justin Frick (Princeton), 2.16 / 7-1 (Mali: 2.15, Kousse Kone, 2001)
Pole vault — Eric DePalo (Yale), 5.00 / 16-4 3/4 (Pakistan: 4.90, Muhammad Ayub, 2005)
Long jump — Joshua Kirkpatrick (Cornell), 7.54 / 24-9 (Singapore: 7.53, Matthew Goh Yujie, 2009)
Triple jump — Gary Jones (Cornell), 15.85 / 52-0 (Sierra Leone: 15.83, Osman Cline-Thomas, 1995)
Shot put — Eric Plummer (Princeton), 18.30 / 60-0 1/2 (Kenya: 18.19, Robert Welikhe, 1989)
Discus — Bryan Powlen (Brown), 53.98 / 177-1 (Cameroon: 53.08, Pierre Ndongo, 1997)
Hammer — Conor McCullough (Princeton), 70.37 / 230-10 (India: 70.17, Rakesh Kumar Yadav, 2003)
Javelin — Craig Kinsley (Brown), 70.06 / 229-10 (Jamaica: 68.97, Robert Barnes, 2003)
Decathlon — Joshua Kirkpatrick (Cornell), 6,901 (Uganda: 6,805, Teddy Sondota-Ruge, 2003)
4×100m relay — Cornell, 40.65 (Bolivia: 40.91, 1978)
4×400m relay — Cornell, 3:12.74 (Guatamala: 3:13.83, 2008. Corrected from Guam!)

100m dash — Melissa Hewitt (Cornell), 11.72 (Namibia: 11.73, Marian Basson, 1988)
200m dash — Sharay Hale (Columbia), 23.83 (Costa Rica: 23.92, Zoila Rosa Stewart, 1993)
400m dash — Kali Strother (Penn), 54.02 (Panama: 54.24, Irina Ambula, 1984)
800m run — Kate Grace (Yale), 2:08.17 (Fiji: 2:08.81, Makelesi Batimala, 2008)
1,500m run — Jackie Drouin (Columbia), 4:32.11 (Barbados: 4:32.64, Sheena Gooding, 2008)
3,000m run — Ashley Higginson (Princeton), 9:46.71 (Ghana: 9:46.8, Gifty Abankwa, 1982)
5,000m run — Ariel Wright (Brown), 16:37.22 (Philippines: 16:40.81, Mercedita Manipol, 2003)
10,000m run — Sarah Cummings (Princeton), 35:03.79 (Sudan: 35:09.24, Mashair Abdelreda, 2004)
100m hurdles — Kyra Caldwell (Columbia), 14.03 (Zimbabwe: 14.49, Tamia Denise Pietersen, 2008)
400m hurdles — Kyra Caldwell (Columbia), 58.24 (Turkmenistan: 58.47, Merjen Ishankuliyeva, 2009)
Steeplechase — Ashley Higginson (Princeton), 10:20.53 (South Korea: 10:24.74, Choi Kyun-Hee, 2008)
High jump — Monique Roberts (Columbia), 1.73 / 5-8 (Cayman Islands: 1.72, Ashleigh Nalty, 2008)
Pole vault — Tory Worthen (Princeton), 4.00 / 13-1 1/2 (Peru: 3.75, Maria Ferrand, 2008)
Long jump — Melissa Hewitt (Cornell), 6.11 / 20-0 1/2 (Mongolia: 6.08, Beatarchu Odonchimeg, 1987)
Triple jump — Kathryn Gevitz (Penn), 12.37 / 40-7 (Jordan: 12.32, Rima Farid Taha, 2008)
Shot put — Danielle Grunloh (Brown), 16.25 / 53-3 3/4 (Mexico: 15.98, Rosario Sanchez, 2008)
Discus — Lacey Craker (Brown), 45.72 / 150-0 (St. Lucia: 44.52, Tamara Popo, 2004)
Hammer — Brynn Smith (Brown), 60.85 / 199-8 (South Africa: 59.47, Elmarie Knoetzen, 2002)
Javelin — Victoria Imbesi (Cornell), 44.15 / 144-10 (Angola: 43.77, Indira Manuel, 2003)
Heptathlon — Priscilla Trojano (Dartmouth), 4,787 (Iran: 4,781, Padideh Bolorizadeh, 2007)
4×100m relay — Cornell, 45.86 (Slovakia: 45.99, 2002)
4×400m relay — Columbia, 3:35.69 (Denmark: 3:36.2, 1969)

  1. Mary Boggs says:

    Sounds like you have a lot of time on your hands, lol.

  2. Greg Page says:

    Great feature, Brett!–but I regret to say that a correction may be needed:

    You listed Guam’s national record in the men’s 4×400 as 3:13.83. I’m *from* Guam, and was astonished to see that four Guamanians had managed to get a baton around the track in an average of 48.xx per man–not least because, the last time I was there, Guam didn’t have any real tracks, just crushed-coral ovals that were “about” a quarter-mile long. (I understand the situation has improved, since last I visited the island.)

    In any case, I found a 4×400 listing for *Guatemala* that was also precisely 3:13.83: Given that the two polities are next to each other, alphabetically; that 48.xx is the Guamanian record for an *individual* 400m (; and that Guam, as near as I can tell, does not yet *have* an official 4×400 record, I have to think that Cornell’s relay bested Guatemala and not Guam.

    Still, a great feature–thanks! Who knew that the Ivy League had performances superior to Kenya’s and Mexico’s and South Africa’s?

    • Brett says:

      Got it fixed. Add in India there on the list (McCullough’s hammer). Not that India has been a track powerhouse, but it has a billion people!

      It is funny. I told Pat Melton that her time at nationals in the 400m hurdles in the early 1980s was faster than any Mexican woman has ever run. It took a minute for that to sink in.

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