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MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Wow. Princeton junior Austin Hollimon (Decatur, Ga.) produced the most stunning of a series of stunning marks from the Tigers at the Armory’s NYRR Saturday Night at the Races. His winning 400-meter dash time of 46.47 was two seconds clear of the field and the fourth-best in the nation this winter. It was also the second-fastest indoor 400m in Heps history, just .13 behind Erison Hurtault’s 46.34 in 2007. Hollimon wasn’t done. He also anchored the Tigers to a winning 3:11.63 time in the 4×400-meter relay, breaking the school record and placing third all-time in Heps’ history. Princeton claimed the team title on Saturday as well.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Nick Huber (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Darcy Wilson (Harvard) & Austn Hollimon (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Bob Belden (Cornell) & Russell Dinkins (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)
Jan. 23 — Marty Evans (Yale)
Jan. 30 — Austin Hollimon (Princeton)

MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth’s Jalil Bishop (Twinsburg, Ohio) had a sensational 200-400 double over the weekend at the Terrier Classic at Boston University, recording top-five times in the League in each event. His 22.03 in the 200-meter dash is the second-fastest overall, although three other freshmen are within .12 of his time! His 49.38 in the 400-meter dash is fifth overall and tops among first years.

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Chris Bain (Cornell) & Kinsley Ojukwu (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Tom Hopkins (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Damon McLean (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)
Jan. 23 — John Spooney (Brown)
Jan. 30 — Jalil Bishop (Dartmouth)

FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Things have gotten kinda tough for the selection committee. And when times get tough, the selection committee wilts, naming three women as this week’s top athletes — Columbia junior Sharay Hale (Detroit, Mich.), Cornell junior Melissa Hewitt (Brampton, Ont.) and Princeton senior Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck, N.J.). Hale was a second faster than any collegian in an elite 400-meter field at the Penn State National Invitational, winning in 53.77, a time that is ninth nationally. She also ran a personal-best 24.15 in the 200, the second-fastest time in League history. Hewitt simply dominated at the New York Road Runners’ Saturday Night at the Races held in the NYC Armory. She won the 60- (7.46) and 200-meter dashes (24.55) as well as the long jump (18-10 1/2) as the Big Red held off Princeton and Villanova for the team title. Her 60m time is one-hundredth of a second behind Jeomi Maduka’s all-time Heps record. Higginson put down a remarkable 3k time at the Armory, winning in 9:14.47. That is the sixth fastest time in the nation this winter and has been bettered, indoor or outdoor, by only four Ivy Leaguers — Jenny Stricker, Lynn Jennings, Kate O’Neil and Cack Ferrell.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Kate Grace (Yale) & Brynn Smith (Brown)
Dec. 12 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton) & Melissa Hewitt (Cornell)
Jan. 16 — Kim Standridge (Cornell) & Sharay Hale (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Kate Grace (Yale)
Jan. 30 — Sharay Hale (Columbia), Melissa Hewitt (Cornell) & Ashley Higginson (Princeton)

FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia’s Tara Richmond (Long Beach, Calif.) has taken honors for the second straight week, clearing 1.75 (5-10 1/2) in the high jump and bounding 11.92 (39-1 1/4) in the triple jump at the Penn State National Invitational. The high-jump mark places her in the League’s top 10 all-time, but it came with a lot of suspense. She missed twice at 5-8 3/4 before clearing and then missed her first try at 5-10 1/2. Richmond is now tied for 15th nationally in the event.

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Colby Lubman (Brown) & Gabrielle Piper (Penn)
Dec. 12 — Alaina Murphy (Harvard) & Kristin Smoot (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Kristin Smoot (Princeton) & Katelyn Walker (Dartmouth)
Jan. 16 — Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Tara Richmond (Columbia) & Monica Adler (Dartmouth)
Jan. 30 — Tara Richmond (Columbia)

And for the stat-minded among us:
Princeton, Cornell and Columbia at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Races (New York, N.Y.)
Brown and Yale at the Boston Indoor Games (Roxbury, Mass.)
Dartmouth at the Terrier Classic (Boston, Mass.)
Penn at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational (Annapolis, Md.)
Harvard and Dartmouth at the Harvard Multi-Meet (Cambridge, Mass.)
Columbia at the Metropolitan Championships (New York, N.Y.)
Updated Heps Performance Lists

Back On The Good Foot

Posted: 28 January by Brett Hoover in Athletes, Dartmouth
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At Outdoor Heps in Philadelphia two years ago, Dartmouth’s then-sophomore Alex Tanner had a breakthrough. Her winning time in the final of the 400-meter hurdles (59.04) was the fastest at the Championships in nine years and the fastest by any Ivy Leaguer in any meet in five.

What would she do for an encore in 2010? She told Austin Major of The Dartmouth recently that she had a “dismal season.” By the end of the year, she did run within a quarter-second of her winning time at Outdoor Heps, but this time it was good for only fourth place.

She told Major, “I had a rough time getting back into track last indoor season after my off-term — needless to say, I was kind of out of shape. When you’re used to doing well, not doing well becomes unacceptable. I told myself no matter how much it hurt, I would get back to where I needed to be before the year ended, and by mid-outdoor I had, and this year I’ve already improved even more.”

To say the least. The senior captain has already matched the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, which isn’t necessarily her specialty. More impressively, she recently ran a personal-best 56.14 in the 400-meter dash, which is second only to Sharay Hale of Columbia this winter. She also anchored the Big Green to a win in the 4×400-meter relay at the Dartmouth Relays as her success is spilling over to the underclassmen. Coach Sandy Ford-Centonze explained that that’s why she is the team’s captain. “She is someone that will push herself beyond her limits,” she said. “And will also push her teammates.”

The pushing continues this weekend at the Terrier Classic in Boston.

The Green, Black and Gold

Posted: 27 January by Brett Hoover in Athletes, Princeton
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It is no longer a secret that track and field is a national obsession on the island of Jamaica. There are far more Jamaican flags waving about in the stands at the Penn Relays than red, white and blue ones. And when I lived in New Jersey, I couldn’t catch the bus without running into a Jamaican track hero as former George Mason middle-distance star Simon Bowen was my neighbor and remains a close friend.

There hasn’t been a huge migration from the land of Marley to the Ivy League, but there have been some notable exceptions. Brown grad Mark Thompson represented the homeland in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1992 Barcelona Games while Harvard’s Nicky Grant has won several Jamaican hammer throw titles.

And the latest Jamaican looking to conquer Heps is Princeton freshman Damon McLean, who is the League’s top triple jumper this year. Paul Burrowes of the Jamaica Observer recently caught up with McLean, who said that he chose Princeton because he “watned to grow both intellectually and athletically.”

He reported that “academics take the forefront” in the Ivy League. “I eventually decided to enter the Ivy League, especially Princeton, because I found the coach to be a great one … that is capable of helping me better myself,” McLean told Burrowes. “I really want to establish myself on the national scene. I know this will take time, but with the experience of the coaching staff and my work ethics, I know I will continue the strong tradition of Jamaican jumpers in the NCAA.”

He will also look to continue a remarkable line of Ivy TJers, which include NCAA Champions Rayon Taylor and Muhammad Halim and world championship qualifier Samyr Laine.

The Weekend, Then The Returns

Posted: 27 January by Pat Melton in Announcement, Athletes
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It might be too early for this. And, in fact, there may never be an appropriate time for this. But after this weekend’s action, we will be breaking down the season performance list — Heps scoring style — and seeing where things shake out.

If we did it now, you’d see that on the women’s side it is a tight battle between Columbia and Princeton with Cornell not too far behind. On the men’s side, the superior depth of the Big Red has Cornell with a substantial lead over Princeton. But we will wait through the weekend to gather that data as we will finally be heading into Heps month.

Because of conflicting information online, here is my best stab at putting together this weekend’s schedule:

Friday
Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale at the Terrier Invitational (Boston U. Track Center: Boston, Mass.)
Harvard hosts Dartmouth at the Harvard Multi-Meet (Gordon Track: Cambridge, Mass.)
Columbia and Penn at Penn State National Invitational (Ashenfelter Track: University Park, Pa.)
Brown at the Boston Collegiate Indoor Games (Reggie Lewis Center: Boston, Mass.)

Saturday
Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale at the Terrier Invitational (Boston U. Track Center: Boston, Mass.)
Harvard hosts Dartmouth at the Harvard Multi-Meet (Gordon Track: Cambridge, Mass.)
Columbia at Metropolitan Championships (The Armory: New York, N.Y.)
Columbia and Penn at Penn State National Invitational (Ashenfelter Track: University Park, Pa.)
Penn at Wesley Brown Invitational (Wesley Brown Field House: Annapolis, Md.)
Cornell and Princeton at NYRR Saturday Night at the Races II (The Armory: New York, N.Y.)

By the way, that is a great photo from the great Dan Grossman from the Harvard Challenge last weekend.

Class Warfare

Posted: 25 January by Brett Hoover in Athletes
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Noticing that a number of freshmen were among the Ivy’s top sprinters and jumpers, the staff here at HepsTrack.com went into deep research mode — which means that a certain puppy didn’t get her walk in until 8:30 am.

The results confirmed our suspicions. The class with the most spots among the top 10 in the League? FRESHMEN. That’s thanks to a wide lead from the men’s Class of 2014, which is holding down 53 of the spots, compared to the second-place junior class total of 41. Among the women, the junior class leads (with 45) by a much narrower margin.

Here’s the total class breakdown of top 10s: Overall — 1. Freshmen, 93; 2. Juniors, 86; 3. Sophomores, 76; 4. Seniors, 67. Men — 1. Freshmen, 53; 2. Juniors, 41; 3. Sophomores, 36; 4. Seniors, 32. Women — 1. Juniors, 45; 2. Freshmen & Sophomores, 40; 4. Seniors, 35.

All that said, freshmen hold the top spot in just five events total — Cornell’s Chris Bain (60m), Penn’s Maalik Reynolds (HJ), Princeton’s Damon McLean (TJ), Columbia’s Tara Richmond (HJ) and Penn’s Christine Cohick (5k).

The leaders:

MEN
60m dash — Chris Bain, Cornell (6.79)
200m dash — Marty Evans, Yale (21.87)
400m dash — Russell Dinkins, Princeton (47.95)
500m dash — Mike Eddy, Princeton (1:03.79)
800m run — Peter Callahan, Princeton (1:51.43)
1,000m run — Nick Wade, Cornell (2:23.66)
Mile run — Adrien Dannemiller, Cornell (4:08.56)
3,000m run — Ethan Shaw, Dartmouth (8:16.89)
5,000m run — Robert Miclkas, Cornell (15:12.47)
60m hurdles — Richard Sheldon, Princeton (8.25)
High jump — Maalik Reynolds, Penn (7-3)
Pole vault — David Slovenski, Princeton (16-2 3/4)
Long jump — Dion Lehman, Princeton (23-11)
Triple jump — Damon McLean, Princeton (50-10)
Shot put — Bob Belden, Cornell (55-9)
Weight throw — David Irving, Dartmouth (61-2 1/4)
Heptathlon — Nick Huber, Cornell (5,370)

WOMEN
60m dash — Melissa Hewitt, Cornell (7.53)
200m dash — Melissa Hewitt, Cornell (24.68)
400m dash — Sharay Hale, Columbia (54.18)
500m dash — Sharay Hale, Columbia (1:12.49)
800m run — Kate Grace, Yale (2:11.88)
1,000m run — Kim Standridge, Cornell (2:46.48)
Mile run — Ashley Higginson, Princeton (4:48.73)
3,000m run — Mel Newbery, Princeton (9:41.78)
5,000m run — Christine Cohick, Penn (17:42.24)
60m hurdles — Kyra Caldwell, Columbia (8.64)
High jump — Tara Richmond & Monique Roberts, Columbia (5-8 3/4)
Pole vault — Tory Worthen, Princeton (12-9 1/2)
Long jump — Melissa Hewitt, Cornell (19-7)
Triple jump — Rachel Biblo, Brown (39-8)
Shot put — Thanithia Billings, Princeton (49-1 3/4)
Weight throw — Thanithia Billings, Princeton (63-0 1/4)
Pentathlon — Karen Schillinger, Cornell (3,305)

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Yale senior Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif.) looks poised to complete her Yale career with a bang in 2011. She didn’t just post the fastest 800-meter run (2:11.88) in the League Saturday night at the New York City Armory in a triangular meet with Dartmouth and Columbia, Grace also legged out on the top times in the mile run (4:54.85) as well. The All-American won both events.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Kate Grace (Yale) & Brynn Smith (Brown)
Dec. 12 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton) & Melissa Hewitt (Cornell)
Jan. 16 — Kim Standridge (Cornell) & Sharay Hale (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Kate Grace (Yale)

FEMALE ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Columbia’s Tara Richmond (Long Beach, Calif.) and Dartmouth’s Monica Adler (Manchester, Mass.) share the award this week. Richmond won the high jump at the annual triangular meet with Dartmouth and Yale at the New York City Armory on Saturday, clearing a League-season-best 5-8 3/4. RIchmond beat teammate and defending Heps champion Monique Roberts, who cleared the same height but with more misses along the way. A product of the famed Long Beach Poly program, Richmond leapt 5-11 in the high jump and 40-9 in the triple as a senior. Adler kept pace with Yale’s Kate Grace on Saturday at the Armory in New York City, crossing the tape within a second of the All-American (2:12.52). Her time is the second-best in Heps this winter and fifth among all ECAC runners.

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Colby Lubman (Brown) & Gabrielle Piper (Penn)
Dec. 12 — Alaina Murphy (Harvard) & Kristin Smoot (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Kristin Smoot (Princeton) & Katelyn Walker (Dartmouth)
Jan. 16 — Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Tara Richmond (Columbia) & Monica Adler (Dartmouth)

MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Yale senior Marty Evans (Charlotte, N.C.) was a close second in the 200-meter dash at Outdoor Heps last spring, but now he is showing that he will be searching for an outright Indoor title at the Armory next month (ed. note: but not in the 200 as it isn’t contested at Indoor Heps). On that same Championship track at the Armory, Evans steamrolled to victory in the 200 in the triangular meet with Dartmouth and Columbia, completing the sprint in 21.87, easily the swiftest in the League this season. For good measure he also threw down a 49.49 in the 400, also among Heps’ top five.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Nick Huber (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Darcy Wilson (Harvard) & Austn Hollimon (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Bob Belden (Cornell) & Russell Dinkins (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)
Jan. 23 — Marty Evans (Yale)

MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown’s John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) claimed the title in the 200-meter dash at the Harvard Challenge in Cambridge on Saturday, posting a time of 22.12. That was the fastest in the League this winter until Yale’s Marty Evans went even faster (21.87) later that evening in New York. Spooney, an All-Ohio performer in the 100-meter dash last spring, is also one of seven freshmen listed among Heps’ fastest 14 in the 60-meter dash.

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Chris Bain (Cornell) & Kinsley Ojukwu (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Tom Hopkins (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Damon McLean (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)
Jan. 23 — John Spooney (Brown)

And for the stat-minded among us:
Yale, Dartmouth & Columbia at the Armory Triangular Meet (New York, N.Y.)
Brown & Harvard at the Harvard Challenge (Cambridge, Mass.)
Princeton at the Princeton Relays (Princeton, N.J.)
Penn at the Albany Great Dane Classic (New York, N.Y.)
Cornell at the Upstate Challenge (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Updated Heps Performance Lists