WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Two familiar faces — Harvard sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.) and Columbia junior Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Lawrenceville, Ga.) — share the award after both posted an all-time League No. 3 performance. For Thomas, already the Heps’ record holder in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, leapt 6.27 meters (20-7) in the long jump at the Stanford Cardinal Invitational. Among Ivy Leaguers, only Cornell’s Jeomi Maduka and Yale’s Joslyn Woodard have gone further. Thomas also ran on just the second sub-45 second 4×100 in conference history. At the Virginia Invitational, Obeng-Akrofi turned in a lap in just 52.93. Only two Heps stars — Harvard’s Meredith Rainey and Columbia’s Sharay Hale — have run the 400-meter dash faster.
WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman thrower Isis Trotman (Centerville, Ohio) moved into the all-time top 10 in Ivy history with a toss of the hammer marked at 56.96 meters (186-10) at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational.
MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Yale senior Marc-Andre Alexandre (Montreal, Que.) not only became the first Ivy Leaguer to dip below 21 in the 200 (20.99) in 2017 at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala. He also turned in the third leg of the school-record 4×100-meter relay. The only Northern school in the race, the Bulldogs were clocked in 40.27, No. 6 all-time in league annals. Only Auburn was faster and behind the Bulldogs were the likes of Virginia Tech, Alabama State, Coastal Carolina and Troy. The only Northeast school that has run faster this year is BU, which is just .04 seconds ahead on the ranked list.
MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman Kyle Macauley (Los Gatos, Calif.) didn’t just lead off the school-record 4×100-meter relay at the War Eagle Invitational at Auburn University, he also anchored the League’s fastest 4×400-meter relay of 2017 (3:13.67).