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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.


Coach Knows Best

Posted: 17 December by Pat Melton in Athletes, Columbia
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Columbia senior Jeff Moriarty has won both individual and relay Heps championships in his time in Morningside Heights. But as a senior he has dreams that are bigger as he longs for a shot at an NCAA title. Casey Snedecor of his school’s athletics communications office recently profiled the Massachusetts native.

Along with talking about his hopes for the season, Moriarty discussed his experience at Columbia:

Even though I plan on continuing my running career after graduation, I’ll never have the camaraderie that I do now.  This team has been like a family to me the past four years … So have the coaches.

It’s tough to put in words how much I love and respect our coaches. Trusting in them fully has been one of the biggest keys to my success on the track.

Take note, youngsters. Listen to your coach!

And a followup. We recently wrote that it looked like the NCAA Cross Country Championships would return to Terre Haute, Ind., in 2011 for the eighth straight year. That is now confirmed.

“We’re really excited about this moniker of Cross Country Town, USA, and we’re really going to hype that up this year because that’s something that anybody that knows anything about the sport knows we have the best facility in the United States as well as knowing we run the best championship that can be run in the sport of cross country,” said a hyped Indiana State University Athletics Director Ron Prettyman.

Congrats to the Sycamores.