MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Princeton sophomore Russell Dinkins (Philadelphia, Pa.) is the only athlete in the League to qualify for the NCAA Championship both individually and as a team member of a relay. On Friday, Dinkins clocked a 1:49.05 in the national quarterfinals of the 800-meter run to advance to Des Moines. On Saturday he clocked a 46.5 on the second leg of the 4×400-meter run, as his Tigers both qualified for nationals and set an all-time League record of 3:05.86.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman Maalik Reynolds (Atlanta, Ga.) advances to the NCAA Championships for the second time of his young career, by easily leaping to 7-1 1/2. Already assured of a trip to Des Moines, Reynolds did not attempt to go higher. His first trip to the NCAAs, in College Station, Texas, for the indoor champs, was ill-fated as he awoke with severe sickness the morning he was to jump.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Yale senior Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif.) was sensational on Friday, setting a personal best in the 800-meter run by about a second. Her 2:03.41 time was the top qualifier in the East and the fourth-best in Heps’ history. Grace closely tailed Tennessee standout Chanelle Price throughout before taking off on the final turn. After powering past Price, she went wide into lane three and delivered a message to all those headed to Des Moines.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) has been stellar throughout the outdoor season, winning a League title along the way. But what she did at the NCAA East Prelims in Bloomington, Ind., took everyone by surprise as she became just the fourth Ivy woman to run 5,000 meters in less than 16 minutes. Not only qualifying for nationals, D’Agostino joined Kate and Laura O’Neill of Yale and Caroline Bierbaum of Columbia in the elite sub-16 club.
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