Dartmouth Dominates Heps Pentathlon for Sixth Straight Year

When Carly Simon crooned, "Nobody does it better," she could have been referring to Dartmouth's pentathletes instead of super spy 007.

In a James Bond-like performance, junior Taylor Smith (Sandown, N.H.) claimed his second straight Heps title in the event, following a string of four in a row by Greg Johnston '99 who ran the table from 1996-99.

Smith's 3,749 points were 101 ahead of his closest competitor in one of the Big Green's highlights at the annual indoor Heps championship, hosted by Harvard, February 24-25.

"I think when people look at final team scores, they aren't really indicative of what happened at the meet," said coach Sandra Ford-Centonze. "We had some phenomenal performances and several school records, including Taylor's repeat championship.

"We're a team that goes in and lays it on the line, competing and giving 100 percent, especially when it comes to Heps," added Ford-Centonze. "We're very team and goal-oriented. We always look to vie for the title, but sometimes that doesn't happen. We still walk away with positive feelings."

Ford-Centonze pointed to sophomore Tyler Haney (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), who won the 400 meters in 48.47, the first victory ever by a Dartmouth male in that event. Meanwhile, the Big Green had some bad luck in the 800 meters where senior Alex Schindelar (Sudbury, Mass.) had the fourth fastest qualifying time in 1:52.58, only to sprain his ankle before the finals.

Tom McArdle (Brookline, Mass.) continued his extraordinary sophomore year, winning the 5,000 easily in 14:20.32.

Runner-up honors went to sophomore Jeff Guenette (Fitchburg, Mass.) in the 500 meters and senior Parker Pruett (Birch Harbor, Maine) in the mile.

After winning the heptathlon at last year's outdoor Heps, junior Shaina Damm (Meredith, N.H.) had an impressive second-place finish among the meet's female pentathletes. She scored 3,768 points, finishing first in both the shot and 800 run.

An All-America last fall in cross country, senior Erin Dromgoole (Millbury, Mass.) didn't miss a step in the 3,000, winning by a three-second margin in 9:31.77.

In the field events, senior Allison Cardlin (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was second in the shot with 47-7 3/4, while senior Sarah Hayes (Stafford Springs, Conn.) had an identical finish in the weight with a school-record throw of 56-8 3/4, smashing the former mark of 54-1.

Sophomore Cecily Garber (Kensington, Md.) took second in her specialty, the 800 meters, with a time of 2:14.15.

The Dartmouth women were fifth in the nine-team field with 53 points while Brown won the title for the second time in three years. With 65 points, the Big Green men finished sixth as Princeton claimed the top spot for the fourth straight time. (Kathy Slattery)