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Many a transplant to Boston knows that the city and state shut down on the third Monday of April and most assume it is part of the Boston Marathon festivities. Wouldn’t that be great. Pennsylvania should surely shut down during Penn Relays, but the real reason is that the Marathon falls on the state holiday of Patriots’ Day, commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. At least in the mind of HepsTrack, never was the Marathon more worthy of commemoration than in 1971 when its champion was Ivy Leaguer Jon Anderson of Cornell.

Not just the Marathon and Patriots’ Day, Massachusetts is home to 87 Heps athletes and five Heps individual champions from 2010. The since departed Erik DePalo, a Yale pole vaulter, and Duane Teixeira, a Cornell long and triple jumper, won’t return to defend titles. But three others will. Columbia’s Jeff Moriarty (Westwood) won the outdoor 800 while Princeton’s Mark Amirault (Walpole) took the outdoor 5k. Dartmouth junior Priscilla Trojano (West Bridgewater) is the reigning multi-event champion, both indoor and out.

Getting to know Massachusetts a bit more:

Driving in Boston is never fun as the road system was designed by people wearing powder wigs and riding horses. But it was astonishingly less fun before the Big Dig, a $2.5-billion project that the Boston Globe concluded would have an actual cost of $22 billion and wouldn’t be fully paid until 2038. Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank once joked, “Wouldn’t it be cheaper to raise the city than depress the artery?” In 2006, Christy Mihos made a failed independent run for governor with ‘Big Dig’ accountability high on his list of issues. Check out his fantastic commercial.

The 87 Ivies from Massachusetts are listed after the jump.