Archive for December, 2010

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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.

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What do you get when you have one of the highest rates of population density and a neighboring metropolis with oodles of employment opportunities? How about traffic snarls, even at times that don’t make sense. For those who don’t live there, that is the story of Connecticut. But many in New Haven are breaking free of the cars that bind them and resorting to pedal power, making it one of the top bicycling cities on the East Coast.

Of course, Nutmeggers have been showing athletic prowess for a long time, but it might be a surprise that when it came to scoring points at Outdoor NCAAs, none of the Ivy states fared as well as Connecticut. Fairfield’s Craig Kinsley of Brown won the national championship in the javelin throw while Glastonbury’s Donn Cabral was second in the steeplechase and sixth in the 5,000 for Princeton. This fall Columbia sophomore Caroline McDonough, a Darien native, missed All-America status in cross country by less than a half-second.

Getting to know Connecticut a bit more:

The Nutmeg State might be the only state with an official state hero and heroine. The hero — Nathan Hale — is probably someone with whom you are familiar. The former Yalie famously uttered, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” before being hanged by the British. But the state heroine, Prudence Crandall, deserves more attention. She started a private school in Canterbury, Conn., in 1831 and raised a stir by admitting an African-American student. Instead of giving in to the backlash, she instead transformed it into Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.

The 36 Ivies from Connecticut:

Branford (Branford) — Matthew Casey (Columbia ’12)
Brookfield (Brookfield) — Lauren Tanz (Cornell ’11)
Cheshire (Cheshire) — Irene Kalbian (Columbia ’13)
Darien (Darien) — Caroline McDonough (Columbia ’13)
Darien (Darien) — James Wyper (Yale ’11)
Fairfield (Fairfield Prep) — Craig Kinsley (Brown ’11)
Gales Ferry (Ledyard) — Andrew Esposito (Yale ’12)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Donn Cabral (Princeton ’12)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Robert Dugger (Penn ’11)
Glastonbury (Glastonbury) — Jamie Olson (Harvard ’11)
Greenwich (Greenwich) — Maggie McKeever (Princeton ’13)
Greenwich (Horace Mann) — Kisho Watanabe (Yale ’12)
Guilford (Hopkins) — Max Walden (Yale ’11)
Hartford (Conard) — Sophia Harrington (Columbia ’14)
Monroe (Masuk) — Erika Mansson (Yale ’12)
Monroe (Masuk) — Amanda Snajder (Yale ’14)
Mystic (Robert E. Fitch) — James Shirvell (Yale ’14)
Naugatuck (Naugatuck) — Andrew Corridore (Cornell ’11)
Norwich (Norwich Free Academy) — Sarah Eagan (Columbia ’14)
Orange (Amity Regional) — Ryan Laemel (Yale ’14)
Storrs (E.O. Smith) — Ben Nollet (Dartmouth ’14)
Unionville (Farmington) — Jared Sawyer (Harvard ’14)
Vernon (East Catholic) — Brendin Beaulieu-Jones (Dartmouth ’13)
Waterford (Waterford) — Nathan Molina (Yale ’13)
Watertown (The Taft School) — Kristen Proe (Yale ’14)
West Simsbury (Simsbury) — Meaghan Werle (Cornell ’14)
Weston (Weston) — Steve Piscatelli (Penn ’14)
Westport (Staples) — Paul Chandler (Yale ’14)
Wethersfield (Choate) — Caroline Bazinet (Princeton ’14)
Wilton (Wilton) — Chris Collins (Brown ’11)
Wilton (Wilton) — Cara Costich (Cornell ’13)
Wilton (Wilton) — Phoebe Gaston (Yale ’13)
Wolcott (Wolcott) — Chris Bendtsen (Princeton ’14)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — John Cocco (Yale ’14)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — Annelies Gamble (Yale ’13)
Woodbridge (Amity Regional) — Adam Trofa (Cornell ’13)

Tis The Season

Posted: 25 December by Pat Melton in Announcement
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We have some stories of the season today for Christmas. First, in Yale’s efforts to encourage bone marrow donors to sign up in the hopes of a match with hockey player Mandi Schwartz, there have been at least four genetic matches for patients in need, including sophomore field hockey player Lexy Adams. Click here for a story from AOL Fanhouse columnist Dave Whitley.

Next up. We have no idea where Malden Catholic footballer Rudy Favard will wind up, but he would certainly be an asset to any Ivy League campus. Yvonne Abraham of the Boston Globe detailed his commitment to a stranger, an eight-year-old with cerebral palsy. Click here for that story.

And finally, as we told you, NBC Nightly News highlighted former Harvard track Tim McLoone’s efforts to bring joy throughout the holiday season. Click here for the broadcast portion of Natalie Morales’ Making A Difference and click here for an extended web-only segment.

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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The winner of the first NCAA 880-yard run championship — Earl Eby — was an Ivy Leaguer out of Chicago’s Calumet High. But by the time Eby won that 1921 title, he had already served in World War I and won a silver medal in the Olympic Games. HepsTrack is fond of Eby because he became a track-and-field journalist for the Philadelphia Bulletin, reporting on the Penn Relays for more than three decades. But now we speed up to the 21st century.

In 2010 Illinois fared very well at the Heps Championships. Seniors Kathryn Gevitz of Penn and Dani Grunloh of Brown each won their specialty event — the triple jump and the shot put — at both the indoor and outdoor championships, while Princeton newcomer Peter Callahan was victorious in the indoor 800. At the Heps Cross Country Champs this fall, Harvard’s Dan Chenoweth was again a first-team All-Ivy performer as was Brown first-year Margaret Connelly.

Getting to know Illinois a bit more:

Illinois is the third top 10 state to have officially designated the square dance as the state’s official dance, joining Washington and Texas. Given that lack of originality, HepsTrack would like to see Illinoisans lobby to change the state’s official dance to krumping, as that would liven up election night parties. But if that wasn’t enough to consider, Illinois’ state nickname — if Abe Lincoln’s family didn’t move there in 1830 fearing milk sickness — would be the Sucker State. Ouch.

The 35 Ivies from Illinois:

Barrington (Barrington) — Kevin Crowley (Dartmouth ’13)
Barrington (Barrington) — Molly Glantz (Cornell ’12)
Chicago (Fenwick) — Margaret Connelly (Brown ’14)
Chicago (Loyola Academy) — Nico Composto (Columbia ’14)
Clarendon Hills (Hinsdale Central) — Elaine Kuckertz (Brown ’14)
Deerfield (Deerfield) — Scott Friedlander (Brown ’12)
Downers Grove (Downers Grove) — Shane Molidor (Princeton ’14)
Downers Grove (Downers Grove North) — Ellen McCammon (Harvard ’14)
Evanston (Loyola Academy) — Tom Robbins (Dartmouth ’11)
Evanston (North Shore Country Day) — Peter Callahan (Princeton ’13)
Galesburg (Galesburg) — Shannon Stacey (Brown ’12)
Geneseo (Geneseo) — Daniel Chenoweth (Harvard ’11)
Geneva (Geneva Community) — Alexandra Pace (Harvard ’14)
Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) — Libby O’Brien (Cornell ’13)
Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) — Sarah Udelhofen (Cornell ’14)
Glenview (Glenbrook South) — Joe Tracy (Dartmouth ’12)
Hinsdale (Hinsdale Central) — Chelsea Celistan (Harvard ’14)
Hinsdale (Hinsdale Central) — Stephanie Green (Penn ’14)
Hinsdale (Hinsdale Central) — Graylin Harrison (Dartmouth ’14)
Hinsdale (Hinsdale Central) — Laura Zumbach (Princeton ’13)
Homer Glen (Providence Catholic) — Eileen Moran (Princeton ’12)
Indian Head Park (Lyons) — Matthew Polega (Harvard ’13)
Inverness (Loyola Academy) — Dylan Remick (Brown ’13)
Lake Bluff (Lake Forest) — Austin Goldberg (Dartmouth ’13)
Lake Forest (Lake Forest) — Sam Howard (Brown ’14)
Mount Prospect (Prospect) — Beata Fiszer (Yale ’14)
Mount Prospect (Rolling Meadows) — Christian Escareno (Brown ’11)
Naperville (Benet Academy) — Kristin Sellers (Cornell ’11)
Oak Brook (Hinsdale Central) — Adabelle Ekechukwu (Harvard ’14)
Quincy (Quincy Senior) — Nathan Elder (Brown ’13)
St. Charles (Burlington Central) — Dan Hagberg (Cornell ’12)
St. Charles (St. Charles North) — Matt De Silva (Cornell ’11)
Skokie (Loyola Academy) — Kristina Black (Dartmouth ’12)
Tinley Park (Victor J Andrew) — Kailyn Kuzmuk (Harvard ’12)
Winfield (Community) — James Foreman (Penn ’11)

The Great Equalizer

Posted: 23 December by Brett Hoover in Alumni, Athletes, Yale
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He helped launch a running revolution by winning Olympic gold in Munich in 1972. And what is former Yale great Frank Shorter doing now?

Through his promotional work with the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon series, he continues to inspiring runners. And not just the elite running with the lead pack, but the person in the back of the group that got the most of themselves through their own journey.

He recently told Richard Oliver of the San Antonio Express-News:

“I actually ran my first marathon because the guys who did it at the time sort of felt like they were exclusive. My thought was, ‘Hell, I run 20 miles every Sunday around the track; I can do this. They’re not that special, and they hold themselves out there like there’s something mystical about this.’

“I always wanted it to be inclusive. I wasn’t doing it to show that I had something that other people didn’t.”

Shorter’s marathon series is coming to two Ivy League cities in 2011 and you have eight months or so to train. Rock ‘n Rollin’ for 26.2 miles comes to Providence on Aug. 7 and Philadelphia on Sept. 18.

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Earlier this month, we discovered that the Ivy League has fed the track team at the University of Texas with five graduate athletes — Lawrence Adjah, Mike Carmody, Weldon Johnson, Samyr Laine and Owen Washburn. So it stands to reason that Austin would also feed Heps as well and with six current athletes from that city, only New York, Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif., can brag of more.

Last year only one Texan — Cornell’s Mecha Santos — earned first-team All-Ivy status and that came as part of a 4×100-meter relay. But at Outdoor Heps in 2009, three different senior Lone Star women won field event titles — Harvard’s Becky Christensen (high jump), Cornell’s Jeomi Maduka (long jump) and Cornell’s Maria Matos (discus).

Getting to know Texas a bit more:

Texans are fond of belt buckles and animals. After all, the state has officially designated rodeo as the state sport and the Texas longhorn as the state large mammal. But that’s not all. There are also designees for small mammal (the nine-banded armadillo), flying mammal (Mexican free-tailed bat), dog (Blue Lacy), dinosaur (Brachiosaurus) and reptile (Texas horned lizard).

The 30 Ivies from Texas:

Austin (Liberal Arts & Sciences) — Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia ’14)
Austin (McNeil) — Christina Alexander (Dartmouth ’11)
Austin (St. Michael’s Catholic) — Sean Welleck (Penn ’13)
Austin (St. Stephen’s) — Alexandra Tully (Yale ’14)
Austin (Westlake) — Ben Stephenson (Brown ’13)
Austin (Westlake) — Lucy Stephenson (Brown ’13)
Colleyville (Colleyville Heritage) — Cody Love (Columbia ’14)
Coppell (Hockaday) — Jordan Brown (Penn ’12)
Dallas (Episcopal School) — Tyler Funk (Harvard ’12)
Dallas (Hockaday) — Adriane McCray (Penn ’12)
Dallas (Ursuline Academy) — Melanie Wilcox (Dartmouth ’13)
Ferris (Ferris) — Casey Leamon (Cornell ’14)
Highland Village (Marcus) — Rachael Apfel (Harvard ’14)
Houston (Cypress Creek) — Kelley Roach (Cornell ’14)
Houston (Strake Jesuit) — James Webb (Princeton ’13)
Houston (Westbury Senior) — Philip Pierott (Columbia ’12)
Irving (Irving) — QueenDenise Okeke (Columbia ’13)
Justin (Northwest) — Chris Bain (Cornell ’14)
Katy (Cinco Ranch) — Sonate Dan-Princewill (Cornell ’13)
Keene (Southwest Christian) — Buddy Yow (Brown ’12)
Lancaster (St. Mark’s School) — Jacques Barjon (Harvard ’12)
Pearland (Dawson) — Jennifer Bush (Cornell ’14)
Pharr (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo) — Julian Caballero (Yale ’14)
Plano (Plano West) — Samantha Anderson (Princeton ’14)
San Antonio (Communication Arts) — Mecha Santos (Cornell ’11)
San Antonio (Winston Churchill) — Paul Snyder (Columbia ’13)
The Woodlands (The John Cooper School) — Tim Cousins (Columbia ’14)
The Woodlands (The Woodlands) — Thomas Sanderson (Columbia ’14)
Tyler (Bishop Gorman Catholic) — Racquel Satterwhite (Dartmouth ’14)
Tyler (Northfield Mount Herman) — Ablorde Ashigbi (Harvard ’11)