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Diary: Heptagonal Games Association 2007
  • March 19th, 2007

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An online diary contribution by our Team Singapore athlete, Shafiq Kashmiri. Based in USA Princeton currently his specialized events includes the 100m, 200m, 400m and the relays

Hello Singapore, I’m Shafiq Kashmiri. A Singapore student athlete based in the states, Here’s my first blog entry for Singapore Athletics.

I ran recently in late February an indoor competition at New Balance Track & Field Center, New York for the 2007 Heptagonal Games Association (2/24/2007 to 2/25/2007).

I ran 6.96s (ET) for the 60m indoors for the prelims and qualified for the finals. I did a 7.02s in the finals however and finished 6th. I also ran the silver winning Princeton 4x400m relay team and I was clocked a split of 48.6s.

1 Raymond, Paul JR Brown University 6.84 6.85@ 10points
2 Brown, Joey SO Penn 6.84 6.86@ 8points
3 Giles, Brandon SO Yale University 6.88 6.91@ 6points
4 Cheng, Victor JR Yale University 6.88 6.93@ 4points
5 Cloninger, Douglas FR Cornell University 6.97 6.95@ 2points
6 Kashmiri, Shafiq SO Princeton 6.96 7.02 1point
7 Kempf, Russell SR Yale University 6.99 7.03
8 Hendry, Tyler SO Columbia University 6.96 7.07

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In the process I did my ‘small’ part in helping my school Princeton to win the Heptagonal Games Association. Cornell University was a close second, 3 points separate between us after 19 events score was tabulated.

Men – Team Rankings – 19 Events Scored
1) Princeton University 154
2) Cornell University 151
3) University of Pennsylvania 90
4) Columbia University 61
5) Brown University 48
6) Yale University 47
7) Dartmouth College 30
8) Harvard University 8

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I’ve finally earned my All-Ivy status at the Heptagonal Indoor Championship in New York. New Balance Track & Field Center is a magnificent place. With high banks and the latest Mondo surface, it lays claim to the fastest indoor track in the world. Whether that’s true or not, every year sees a stream of national high school records set there. The 200-meter MONDO banked track is the only facility of its kind within a 50-mile radius of New York City.

The track currently hosts 90 meets annually, with between 500 and 5,000 competitors per meet. Last year, more than 350,000 athletes, coaches, parents and fans from 1,000 high schools and 36 states visited the place.

The facility includes a pole vault runway, an eight-lane sprint and hurdle straightaway, two long jump pits, two high jump areas and a shot put area. The arena seats more than 4,000 people, and those fans have been treated to some classic performances over the years.

You can view the place virtually here

The article extracted from GoPrincetonTigers website

The final event is now complete and the Princeton men’s track team has won the 2007 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championship at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York City.

In a dramatic finish to the exciting weekend, the team title came down to the relays. Heading into the final event, Princeton held a five-point lead (146-141) over Cornell after winning a very exciting Distance Medley Relay in a time of 9:53.28. The Tigers needed to finish third or better in the 4×400 meter relay to capture their 10th Indoor Heps team title in the last 14 years. Princeton finished a strong runner-up in the event with a time of 3:13.07 to secure the championships.

The Tigers were victorious 154-151 in one of the closest finishes in Heps history. Princeton won its 14th indoor Heps championship overall. Princeton is also now two-thirds of the way to a 2007 Heps sweep after winning the cross country championship in October.

The Tigers built a 32-point lead over the Big Red on the first day. The first day highlights included Alex Passala’s second straight indoor title in the 35lb. weight throw and the Tigers impressive 1st, 2nd, and 4th place finishes by Dave Nightingale, Michael Maag, and Frank Tinney in the 3000 meter run. Not to be outdone, senior captain, Andrew Park set a meet record on his way to winning the pole vault with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 17′ 1″. Will Byrd and Chad Faulkner added valuable team points as they tied for 4th place in the pole vault as well. Heptathlon star, Duane Hynes, showed his long jump ability with a strong 3rd place jump of 23′ 8 1/4″.

Princeton opened day two where they left off with a very good effort in the mile run by Maag and James O’Toole as they finished 2nd and 3rd respectfully. Soon after the mile, the Tigers got a win in the 500 meters from Stewart, whose time of 1:02.60 was the seventh-best in Indoor Heps history and gave the Tiger senior his second win in three years in the event. Senior captain, Brian Shields ran and inspired 48.61 to finish 4th in the 400 meters and Ian Thomson added and important two points with a 5th place finish in the event as well. Princeton also had a great effort by freshman shot putter Eric Plummer. Plummer’s personal best throw of 55′ 2 1/4″was good enough for 3rd in the event.

The team race was a back and forth affair all afternoon until the Tigers earned 22 huge points in the 5,000 meters. Nightingale, the 3,000-meter winner on Saturday, took a second event on the weekend by finishing the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:06.40, the third-best time in Indoor Heps history and an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Princeton fans had plenty to cheer about as teammate Justin Pines finished second, and cross country hero and senior Paul Rosa took fourth, to give the Tigers three of the top four runners in the event.

The Tigers maintained their lead heading into the relays thanks to seven key points in the high jump as freshman Justin Frick jumped 6-10 1/4 to earn third place and Alex Willis picked up a sixth-place finish.

Princeton and Cornell were well ahead of third-place Penn, which finished with 90 points. Columbia, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth and Harvard rounded out the eight-team event.

The Tigers will go for a Heps sweep in May when the outdoor championships come to their own Weaver Track & Field Stadium.

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Posted by Shafiq Kashmiri.
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