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2012 Indoor Heps Set For This Weekend in Ithaca

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 02/24/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. - The 2012 Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Championships are set for this weekend in Ithaca, N.Y. Cornell will host the two-day meet at Barton Hall beginning Saturday morning.

Both the Dartmouth men and women will look for strong showings in Central New York following a weekend off for rest in preparation for the 2012 Heps Championships.

The Big Green and the rest of the Ivy League will have their work cut out for them as the Princeton men and women each claimed titles last year at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York, City.

However, Dartmouth has run well in the two months leading up to this weekend's league championship meet, which begins Saturday at 11 a.m. and is set to conclude Sunday afternoon.

On the men's side, the Big Green come into Heps riding a surge of momentum from a stellar final day at BU's Valentine Invitational.

Fast times and first-place showings were the theme that day in Boston.

Sophomore John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) may have stolen the spotlight that afternoon with a first-place finish in the 3,000 meters. Against a field of more than 100 runners, Bleday ran the sixth-fastest time in program history as he crossed in 8:03.78.

Senior Ethan Shaw (Falmouth, Maine) also earned first place in Beantown, taking the top spot in the 5,000 meters in 14:16.17. First-place came in dominating fashion for Shaw, who crossed the line six seconds ahead of the second-place runner.

In the mile race, senior Matt Miner (Ashland, Ore.) claimed 14th in a field of more than 250 competitors in 4:04.37. That time ranked as the sixth-fastest in program history.

Sprinter Connor Reilly (Niskayuna, N.Y.) will look to duplicate his record-setting performance from last year's Heps in the 60 meters when he ran a 6.84 at the event to set the new program standard.

Reilly has gone under seven seconds in each of his last two meets in the event, running a 6.94 at the Dartmouth Indoor Classic and a 6.93 at BU.

Expect sophomore pole vaulter Josh Cyphers (Grantham, N.H.) and freshman jumper Jeremy Birck (Libertyville, Ill.) to make an impact on the men's scoring with points in their respective events this weekend.

Sophomore thrower Dom Filiano (Lebanon, N.H.) has had a solid showing this season after injuries limited him as a freshman. Recently, Filiano was second in the shot and fourth in the weight throw at UNH after several first-place showings across different events to open the season.

Fans interested in attending the 2012 Heptagonal Ivy League Championships can find all the information regarding the event by clicking HERE.

Schedule:
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, 4:15 p.m.

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