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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)

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)

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)

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

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.

A Winter Walk

Posted: 22 December by Brett Hoover in Cornell, Princeton, Yale
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A quick shout out to the entire Ivy League for the start of a sensational winter.

Three Ivy teams are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation — Cornell wrestling, Yale men’s ice hockey and Cornell’s women’s ice hockey.

The Princeton women’s hoops team has been receiving top-25 votes after a blistering start while Brown and Yale have each knocked off a nationally-ranked foe.

And the collective men’s hoops group is trying to do something rare. With a combined 40-38 record heading into tonight, the Ancient Eight are trying to post an overall non-conference winning record for the first time since 2001-02. Even with three 20-game winners last year, the League fell just short.

Congrats to all! And just wait for the noise track and field is ready to make after the New Year.

Okay, yeah. We are finally doing this. So a note to all the sports information folks out there: Post your results online in a timely fashion. And thanks for Dan Grossman of Maple Leaf Photos for the images below.

Male Athlete of the Week
Cornell junior Nick Huber (Leopold, Ind.) broke the school record in the heptathlon at the Cornell Relays, posting 5,370 points along the way. Not surprisingly, Huber scored his biggest bounty in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.27 for 915 points. He had won the Outdoor Heps’ 110-meter hurdles in May in Princeton. Huber also topped 800 points in both the 60-meter dash (7.22) and the 1,000-meter run (2:45.70).

Male Rookies of the Week
Cornell had two superb rookie debuts on Saturday which left Chris Bain (Justin, Texas) and Kinsley Ojukwu (Camas, Wash.) sharing the weekly honor. Bain edged Ojukwu in the finals of the 60-meter dash at the Cornell Relays as both times, 6.79 and 6.80 respectively, moved the duo into the top 10 all-time in Heps history. In fact, only two Ivy Leaguers — Chris Lambert of Harvard (6.73) and Jordan Lester of Cornell (6.75) — have run faster than Bain, who took third at the Texas state championship in the 100 as a junior (10.52w). Ojukwu, who won several state championships as a high schooler, also triple jumped 46-11 3/4 in his collegiate debut.

Female Athletes of the Week
An All-American — Yale senior Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif.) — and a former Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Performer — Brown senior Brynn Smith (Saco, Maine) — share the highest weekly honor. Grace simply destroyed the field in the 1,000-meter run (2:55.53) at the Yale Lidlifter before doubling back to claim her specialty, the 800-meter run, in 2:14.99. Smith took titles in both the shot put (47-4 1/4) and weight throw (57-1 1/2) at the season-opening Alden Invitational at Brown. Those marks position her well for a stellar indoor campaign.

Female Rookies of the Week
A pair of young sprinters — Brown’s Colby Lubman (Commack, N.Y.) and Penn’s Gabrielle Piper (Marietta, Ga.) — share the rookie award after shining in their collegiate debuts. Lubman won the 300-meter dash in 41.16, besting 34 other runners, at the Alden Invitational in Providence. She was also fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.36), far off her Suffolk County record pace (7.17) as a high schooler. Piper, who led Lassiter High to a state title with two medalist performance last spring, took third in both the 60-meter dash (7.83) and hurdles (9.04) at the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa.

Alumni News
Former Brown standout Duriel Hardy won the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association Cross Country Championship on the Indiana University course in Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 13. Representing the University of Michigan, Hardy finished the eight-kilometer trek in 25:24, a full 20 seconds in front of Clemson’s Wallace Campbell. To learn more about NIRCA, please visit its website. To see FloTrack coverage of Hardy’s victory, please click here. Thanks to Madeleine Marecki for sharing this!

By the way, at the Cornell Relays over the weekend, 2008 Cornell grad and former NCAA champion Muhammad Halim set a Barton Hall record and a national record for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the triple jump with a mark of 16.70 meters (54-9 1/2). Wow!

Eagle-eyed Mary Boggs reports that Olympian Kate O’Neill of Yale has gotten hitched to a fellow former All-American (Adam Tenforde of Stanford). The bride, according to the New York Times wedding announcement, is now training for a spot at the 2012 Olympics as a marathoner.

What’s two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson of Dartmouth up to? Let him tell you:

Leave Your Vuvuzela Behind

Posted: 20 November by Brett Hoover in Announcement, Harvard, Yale
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Harvard has outlawed the vuvuzela for The Game, which is taking place before a filled-to-capacity Harvard Stadium and being shown to the masses on the VERSUS Network today at noon. Yale is 7-2 heading into the game while Harvard is 6-3. Unless Cornell can pull off a major upset this afternoon, the Penn Quakers will be the unbeaten Ivy champion for 2010.

The vuvuzela ban comes as great news for 33,000 spectators and all the players, but it wasn’t a welcome development for Yale freshman Jonathan Desnick, who purchased 700 vuvuzelas with the school’s ‘Y’ imprinted on it. “I think it would have been a lot of fun,” he told the Associated Press. “It would have gotten the energy up on the field, and may we would have even got our game on ESPN.”

Note to Jonathan: The Harvard-Yale game is ALWAYS highlighted on ESPN. Vuvuzelas or not. And thankfully, this time, not.

And to make sure that this post deals with Heps, here’s something. Did you know that since the NCAA added the Women’s Cross Country Championship in 1982, Heps has had at least six men’s and women’s runners place in the top 100 each year? That’s 28 years in a row. The all-time high was 20 (13 men and seven women) at the 1986 Championships in Tucson, Ariz. In all, more than 300 Heps runners have finished in the top 100 in the last 28 years, an average of nearly 11 per fall.

On Monday morning I blasted out an email to 11 runners who will be representing their schools and, of course, Heps at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. And the six guys replied right away! Some of the women have replied, so we will give them another day to see if more come in.

Today, the men:

Mark Amirault, Princeton

Our team has been gearing towards Nationals all season, so we’re excited to see how we stack up against the nation’s best. The key for us is to not get caught up in the hype surrounding the NCAA Championships and run a controlled, intelligent race. As a team I think we have gotten better every meet and demonstrated strong depth. If we run the way we have all season, we should be very competitive. Individually, I think the course in Terre Haute suits me well and I look forward to the challenge next Monday.

Tom Poland, Columbia

Heading into Nationals, I am looking to simply treat it just the way I have every other race this season and place as high as I possibly can. This is a new stage for me because I have never been to Nationals and I don’t know what to expect, but I think if I can go into the race with the intention of taking care of business, I will leave Terre Haute without any doubts about my ability.

Donn Cabral, Princeton

One thing that is on our minds regarding the season as a whole, and especially coming out of the regional championships with a W, is how far we’ve come since last year. We really buckled down and managed to put the pieces together this year and it has been showing. Going into nationals we’re trying to compete with confidence and to the best of our ability even though only one of us, Brian Leung, has prior experience at this meet. We haven’t been really eyeing a particular team place, but if we race at the level we’ve been at all season we’re definitely a top-15 team, and most likely a top-10 team. Regardless of how things turn out, we’re excited to finally make it to Nationals and we’re looking forward to representing the League well.

Dan Chenoweth, Harvard

This year we’ve been focusing on the process of training and racing well. Cross country can be fairly fickle and you can’t really predict how a particular race on a particular day is really going to go or how you are going to feel. What I hope to do is execute to the best of my ability and run the best race I can next Monday by focusing on the issues I can control.

Jeff Perrella, Yale

I always set my sights high. At Terre Haute I am hoping to make a run for All-American. I have every confidence in Coach Ireland’s training and the work I have put in over the last few years to make something like this possible. As far as getting to Nationals, I could not be happier. I have worked a long time to get back to the national stage and I believe the full, uninterrupted season of training has made all the difference. Coach Ireland has always preached consistency in training and now that I have finally gotten it I have been able to do some damage.

Brian Leung, Princeton

I couldn’t have been more excited with the team result at regionals. At last year’s regional meet I got spiked in the hand and had to drop out of the race, so finishing this year and, fortunately, winning the race as a team was a much better result. I think we’re ready to have our best race at Nationals. Coach Dolan’s training philosophy for the cross season has always been strength-based and the transition to 10k should not be difficult. Although this is our first time to the meet as a team, we are looking to score extremely well. This is not a situation where we are complacent just to have made it to the national meet — we are going in with the attitude that we can, and will, be competitive with the best teams in the country.