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Subject: RE: HEPS 2012 INDOOR
On the men's side, picking a favorite right now is pretty easy: Princeton. With the possible exceptions of the 60, HJ, throws, and heptathlon, the Tigers have the potential for *multiple* scorers in every individual event, plus the personnel for some dynamite relays. This is a very fine team: talented, well balanced, deep.
As usual, the only squad with any shot against them would seem to be Cornell. The Big Red are showing their usual strength in the heptathlon, and seem to have more depth/quality in the throws than last year; but they're not yet showing their usual dominance in the jumps (other than HJ) and don't seem to have many potential scorers in the distances (granting that it's still early for all the League's distancemen). In the shorter races (with the exception of the 60), Cornell doesn't seem likely to score more than Princeton.
While the other squads seem to be closing the gap a bit, none seems to have the potential to threaten either of the Big Two, and Princeton might once again outscore the Other Six combined.
*Columbia can do some serious damage on the track, from the long sprints on up (including relays), but shows little potential in the field; they still should move up from last year's sixth place.
*Dartmouth has better coverage of the events, but so far nothing close to a league-leading performance. They could score quite a few minor places, but don't seem to have a star or two to help them repeat in third.
*Harvard has seen limited action, but so far shows little scoring potential from events other than the throws and hurdles; at present they seem unlikely to repeat last year's fourth-place finish.
*Penn has Reynolds in the high jump, and improving long-sprint/mid-distance groups that might score well (more likely in the relays than individually).
*Brown and Yale seem fairly evenly matched, each with one or two individuals who could place very high, and others who could chip away at minor placings; at least one of these teams may move out of the cellar. Yale seems to have the edge in the relays right now, but it's early days.
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