No. 5 — The Keystone State

Posted: 27 December by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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The leap into the top five states producing Heps athletes is a big one — from 36 for Connecticut to 75 for Pennsylvania. Despite the wide range of places from where the Heps Nation comes (46 states, 12 nations), more than half (54 percent) are from just the top five Heps-producing states. One of the big states to come does not house an Ivy League university, but the seven which do generate 51 percent of the current athletes.

The Pennsylvanian who had the biggest impact last year was Princeton’s Tory Worthen, who swept the pole vault — indoor and outdoor — as a freshman in 2010. But she was one of four individual indoor champions from the Quaker State, joining miler Trevor Van Ackeren of Princeton, 5k standout Duriel Hardy of Brown and indoor 500 champ Russell Dinkins of Princeton. Note: Last year’s roster listed Dinkins hometown as being in Massachusetts, but he is really a Philadelphian.

Getting to know Pennsylvania a bit more:

I was surprised to learn that the official’s official beverage is milk. Thought for sure it would be a concoction comprised of Yeungling, Iron City and Rolling Rock. And the state toy of Pennsylvania? None other than the Slinky. The Slinky website reports that the folks at the Philadelphia Gimbel’s were skeptical about introducing the product in 1945, but 400 of them flew off the shelves in just 90 minutes. Slinkymania had caught on, but the state legislature needed 56 years to pass a resolution making it official.

The 75 Ivies from Pennsylvania are listed after the jump.

Abington (Abington) — Sara Rubin (Princeton ’14)
Apollo (Kiski Area) — Josh Vick (Cornell ’12)
Barnesboro (Northern Cambria) — Janae Dunchack (Dartmouth ’14)
Berwyn (Conestoga) — Kacie O’Neil (Princeton ’14)
Berwyn (Conestoga) — Chris Roe (Dartmouth ’11)
Bethlehem (Liberty) — Julie Horwath (Cornell ’14)
Bethlehem (Liberty) — Trevor Van Ackeren (Princeton ’12)
Boyertown (Boyertown) — Elizabeth Simpson (Cornell ’14)
Broomall (Marple Newton) — Chris McDonnell (Penn ’12)
Camp Hill (Camp Hill) — Jake Brenza (Penn ’14)
Chalfont (Central Bucks South) — Vince Formica (Cornell ’12)
Chambersburg (James Buchanan) — Dion Lehman (Princeton ’11)
Chambersburg (Mercersburg Academy) — James Finucane (Penn ’12)
Dillsburg (Northern) — Jenna Hessert (Yale ’14)
Dillsburg (Trinity) — Erin Guty (Princeton ’13)
Dresher (Upper Dublin) — Michael Palmisano (Princeton ’13)
Dresher (Upper Dublin) — Brian Rosenthal (Penn ’12)
Easton (Easton Area) — Abigail Dubin-Rhodin (Columbia ’11)
Easton (The Hun School) — Yamira Bell (Columbia ’13)
Fort Washington (Upper Dublin) — Matt Lorenzo (Penn ’13)
Glen Mills (Cardinal O’Hara) — Sarah Houtmann (Princeton ’12)
Greensburg (Greater Latrobe) — Abby Hewitt (Princeton ’13)
Hatfield (North Penn) — Christine Cohick (Penn ’14)
Haverford (Academy of Notre Dame) — Maura McKendrick (Columbia ’14)
Haverford (Haverford School) — Tom Hopkins (Princeton ’14)
Havertown (Malvern Prep) — Matthew McCullough (Cornell ’13)
Holland (Council Rock South) — Tory Worthen (Princeton ’13)
Hummelstown (Lower Dauphin) — Michael Brown (Penn ’13)
Irwin (Norwin) — Leslie Kovach (Penn ’13)
Lancaster (J.P. McCaskey) — Karla Verkouw (Dartmouth ’13)
Lancaster (Manheim Township) — Rosalind Reynolds (Penn ’14)
Leechburg (Kiski) — Garner McCloud (Princeton ’11)
Lewisburg (Lewisburg) — Marina Ziemian (Cornell ’14)
Lewistown (Indian Valley) — Bree Shugarts (Brown ’13)
Lock Haven (Central Mountain) — Kristin Brandt (Cornell ’12)
Locust Valley (Friends Academy) — Lisa Barnett (Penn ’11)
Macungie (Lawrenceville School) — Bernie Da Costa (Princeton ’12)
Meadowbrook (Penn Charter) — Dylan Isaacson (Columbia ’11)
Merion Station (Germantown Friends) — Isaac Ortiz (Penn ’12)
Narberth (Friends Central) — Patrick DeSabato (Columbia ’13)
Nazareth (Nazareth) — Margaret Diacont (Penn ’13)
New Britain (Central Bucks West) — Elizabeth Scafuro (Dartmouth ’13)
Newtown (Holy Ghost Prep) — Matt Chylak (Penn ’13)
Perkasie (Pennridge) — Marie McKenna (Cornell ’13)
Philadelphia (Germantown Friends) — Max Kaulbach (Princeton ’12)
Philadelphia (Germantown Friends) — Gus McKenzie (Penn ’14)
Philadelphia (Germantown Friends) — Jake McKenzie (Yale ’12)
Philadelphia (Masterman) — Reuben Hampton (Penn ’13)
Philadelphia (Wilbraham & Monson) — Russell Dinkins (Princeton ’13)
Philadelphia (William Penn) — Kashif Smith (Princeton ’12)
Pipersville (Central Bucks East) — Shannon Daniels (Cornell ’14)
Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel) — Rachel Humphrey (Penn ’12)
Pittsburgh (North Allegheny) — Sean Gil (Harvard ’11)
Pittsburgh (Oakland Catholic) — Maura Carroll (Cornell ’11)
Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair) — Brian Lynch (Penn ’12)
Plymouth Meeting (LaSalle College) — Dan Lowry (Brown ’12)
Pottstown (The Hill School) — Trevor Cordivari (Penn ’13)
Radnor (Conestoga) — Hannah Kligman (Columbia ’11)
Richboro (Council Rock South) — Brett Gilson (Dartmouth ’13)
Richboro (Holy Ghost Prep) — Michael Pierce (Yale ’13)
Rose Valley (Strath Haven) — George Dickson III (Penn ’13)
Seneca (Cranberry) — Megan Powell (Penn ’13)
Slatington (Northern Lehigh) — Rebecca Delong (Cornell ’13)
Souderton (Germantown Academy) — Alex Holcombe (Cornell ’11)
Springfield (Springfield MontCo) — Mike Vido (Penn ’12)
Sunbury (Milton Hershey School) — Anna Scull (Cornell ’12)
Tyler Hill (Honesdale) — Cassilyn Schweighofer (Cornell ’11)
Wapwallopen (Crestwood) — Bobby Micikas (Cornell ’13)
Warrington (Central Bucks South) — Derek Hynes (Princeton ’12)
West Chester (Malvern Prep) — Brian Fulton (Penn ’12)
West Chester (Unionville) — Christine Smith (Cornell ’12)
Wexford (North Allegheny) — Dakota McCoy (Yale ’13)
Whitehall (Whitehall) — Brooke Hamscher (Penn ’14)
Wynnewood (Lower Marion) — Cara Piccoli (Penn ’13)
Yardley (Holy Ghost Prep) — Jim Budzinski (Dartmouth ’14)


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