Now for the men.
Men's events minus relays and heptathlon
Princeton 152, Cornell 130, Columbia 70, Harvard 58, Dartmouth 21, Penn 15, Brown 14, Yale 3
Men's events with relays, minus heptathlon
Princeton 164, Cornell 145, Columbia 98, Harvard 62, Penn 31, Dartmouth 27, Brown 15, Yale 13
Men's events with heptathlon, minus relays
Cornell 160, Princeton 152, Columbia 70, Harvard 58, Dartmouth 21, Penn 15, Brown 15, Yale 3
All men's events
Cornell 175, Princeton 164, Columbia 98, Harvard 62, Penn 31, Dartmouth 27, Brown 16, Yale 13
No stealth contender here: the title should be between Princeton and Cornell once again. But the winner is unlikely, based on the current marks, to beat the total score of the Other Six, possibly heralding a long-overdue move toward greater competitive parity in the men's meets.
Columbia has tremendous scoring potential on the track. Merber in the 1,000 and 3,000 seems an unlikely double (though Cornell's Wyner attempted something similar a few years back!); but the rest of those projected running points come from different individuals, a large group that could double back for the relays and make the Lions contenders for a win in each of the baton events. This team is markedly improved.
Harvard looks strong in the sprints and field events, particularly the throws, and could score more than the four points that their listed marks currently project in the relays. They've shown great team spirit this season, and they'll have a shot at putting several guys on the top of the awards stand in individual events.
Cornell is projected to score more than 80 points in the field, with double-figure scoring in five of the six jumps/throws; plus an additional 30(!) points in the heptathlon, based on the list's current marks. This should help offset their big hole in the distance events.
But I have to go with Princeton as my pick for a solid team win. The Tigers' current marks are worth more than 100 points in individual track events, and that's with zero current points in the 5,000. Their quarter-milers and middle-distance crew could, if needed, probably score twice the twelve points that their current relay times project. And Cornell's scoring 30 points in the hept? Not likely.
About the only scenario that I could see working for the Big Red would be if Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown tried to get the maximum possible individual-event points from their middle-distance and distance crews, diluting (a little, perhaps) Princeton's scoring in those races. But with no team title in prospect for those three squads in this meet, and the possibility of big-meet honors in the following weeks, it's hard to imagine that their coaches (especially Dartmouth's and Brown's) would opt for doubling or tripling their top guys here; a focus on top placings in single events seems more likely.
Bottom line: Princeton might possibly have the meet in hand, even before the relays begin; but if things don't break their way in the Day II finals and (especially) field events, they should have the talent to seal the win in the baton races.
At least that's how it looks to me. Now.