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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)

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)

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)

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

Nine different Ivy Leaguers have been named to Track & Field News‘ year-end national rankings, including three that the ‘Bible of the sport’ considers to be in the top 10 in the world.

Ageless Adam Nelson of Dartmouth, a three-time Olympian, was Heps’ top-ranked athlete on the world stage, tabbed seventh globally in the shot put (third in the U.S.). Two other former Heps champions — Anna Pierce of Brown and Morgan Uceny of Cornell — were ranked eighth and ninth in the world in the 800-meter run. Each was ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. in both the 800- and the 1,500-meter runs. Pierce was second in the 800 and sixth in the 15 while Uceny was third in each.

While not ranked in the top 10 in the world, Dartmouth’s Sean Furey was the only Heps athlete to hold down a top spot in the U.S. in his specialty, the javelin throw. Brown senior Craig Kinsley, the NCAA champion in that discipline, is ranked third nationally.

Kinsley is one of three active Hepsters to be ranked, joining a pair of Princeton steeplechasers. Junior Donn Cabral is ranked eighth among the men and senior Ashley Higginson fifth for the women.

The final two Ivy Leaguers in the rankings are each multiple League champions — Princeton high jumper Tora Harris (fourth) and Columbia steeplechaser Delilah DiCrescenzo (ninth).

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Outside of my home state, I have spent more of my life in New Jersey than anywhere else. I moved there twice and spent eight years in my second stint. So in praise of my second home, I love its public transit system. Seriously. The Northeast Corridor train was almost always on time, it ran frequently and the much-maligned conductors were usually nice to me. It made me wonder why anyone would drive to New York. First, it cost toll money to leave the state (but it is free to enter). Parking is hard to find since Manhattan during the daytime has 800,000 cars in it and only 200,000 parking spaces. And the traffic is a nightmare. Use public transportation, people.

I would bet that most of the 112 Jersayans competing in Heps this year use public transit, but some of them made a very short trip. That because Princeton has taken the greatest advantage of its home-grown talent. Last year six individual titles went to Jerseyites representing the Tigers, including three from now-senior Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck), the League recordholder in the steeplechase. She won the indoor mile and the outdoor 3k and steeple. Princeton shot put extraordinare Eric Plummer (Plainfield) sweep the event indoor and outdoor while Tiger high jumper Justin Frick (Freehold) again won outdoor. In addition, two young guns won Heps titles in their championship debuts — Penn’s Tim Carey (Sewell) in the indoor high hurdles and Cornell’s Victoria Imbesi (Estell Manor) in the javelin.

Getting to know New Jersey a bit more:

For reasons unknown, New Jersey is one of the few states without an official song. And that doesn’t sit well with an 86-year-old named Red Mascara, who wrote his “I’m From New Jersey” anthem about 50 years ago and has been lobbying the state legislature to make it official ever since. Here is his website and you can take a look at a video about Mascara produced by the Newark Star Ledger. The title of his song reminded me of another memorable mention of being from New Jersey. So if Mascara’s song doesn’t pan out, we offer this as an alternative. And, please, no more Snookis.

The 112 Ivies from New Jersey are listed after the jump.

It would be highly unlikely that the No. 18 Tigers could repeat their 1-2-3-4-5 finish from a year ago … After all, no team, men or women, had done it before … But then again Coach Peter Farrell must at least like his chances for the top three spots … That’s because he has a trio of All-Americans in junior Alex Banfich [Plymouth, Ind.] and seniors Ashley Higginson [Colts Neck, N.J.] and Sarah Cummings [Newport Beach, Calif.] … “They’ve been leading us all season, said Farrell. “Sarah broke a venerable record on the Yale Golf Course when she won HYP. The old record belonged to Sarah Smith, a member of those great Yale teams in the eighties. Alex finished second at Pre Nats with a very impressive 20:08. Ashley chimed in with an eighth place finish.” … Banfich has positioned herself to be the League’s top threat with her showing at Pre-Nats and her fourth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational … Farrell expects a strong group of sophomores led by Mel Newbery [London, England] to fill out the team’s top five.

Princeton junior Donn Cabral, who broke through as a national power in the steeplechase last spring and summer, doesn’t appear to be resting on his laurels as he led his Tigers to victory at the season-opening Spiked Shoe Invitational in University Park, Pa., on Saturday. Cabral outpaced the 193-man field with a winning time of 25:13.4. Princeton’s seventh-ranked women were second at the elite meet with three well-known figures — senior Sarah Cummings (third), junior Alex Banfich (fourth) and senior Ashley Higginson (ninth) — taking spots in the top 10.

Dartmouth outdueled Yale at the Big Green Invitational on Saturday, claiming both the men’s and women’s team and individual champions. The men’s side was close as Coach Barry Harwick’s squad pulled out a five-point victory over the Bulldogs, led by junior champion Ethan Shaw. Yale junior Sam Lynch was second across the line. Big Green junior Amy Schuman broke the tape in the women’s race, which featured the return of Sandy Ford-Centonze as the head coach of the cross country squad. Sophomore Elizabeth Marvin was the top Yalie, finishing third.

Penn opened the season in fine fashion on the League’s championship course at the Fordham Fiasco, both teams taking the title. For the women, sophomore Leslie Kovach was the first Quaker across the line, taking second in 18:26. For Coach Charlie Powell’s men’s, senior Luke Grau was the first of four Red and Blue runners in the top 10.

Cornell was the Ivy squad that actually opened the 2010 season, squaring off with the Army Cadets on the academy golf course in West Point, N.Y. The Cornell women dominated with a sweeping 15-50 victory as freshman and Washington state native Devin McMahon led the way with a victory in her collegiate debut. The Big Red men won by a closer margin with seniors Adrien Dannemiller and Nate Edelman taking the top two spots.