HepsTrack’s Weekly Awards, Vol. 2

WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Two Midwesterners — Princeton senior Alex Banfich (Plymouth, Ind.) and Brown sophomore Margaret Connelly (Chicago, Ill.) — share honors this week. Banfich won the annual HYP championship by traversing the 5k Franklin Park course in 17:33, six seconds clear of the field while Connelly had a great run at the Bro. Doyle Meet of Champions in New York’s Van Cortlandt Park, taking second in a field of more than 200. She completed the 6k run in 22:07.17.

WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman Lauren Kester (Duluth, Ga.) was a member of the hard-charging Quakers which nearly pulled off a huge team victory at the Bro. Doyle Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park. Penn wound up two points behind the host Gaels. The third Quaker across the line in 23:12.63, Kester was 20th overall.

WOMEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Cornell graduate Morgan Uceny not only ran the fastest time in the world this year in the 1,500 meters (4:00.06), she won the final Diamond League event of the season at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels. That made her the undisputed DL season-long champion, earning the world title and $40,000.

MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Brown senior Dan Lowry (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) was the first non-Iona Gael to cross the finish line at the Bro. Doyle Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday. His fifth-place effort in 25:06.02 helped his Bears to second place overall out of 19 teams.

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Billy Orman (Tuba City, Ariz.) opened his collegiate career with a fantastic run in one of the nation’s oldest rivalries. He finished in 24:24 to take second and help deliver the Crimson an 11-point victory over the Yale Bulldogs. The video above was shot by Brian Truglio of Wolf Hill Films, who is producing a documentary — Racing the Rez — on Orman’s high school cross country team and its rivals. The hope is that it finds a home on PBS in the future.

MEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth graduate Ben True won the USA 5k championship at the CVS Caremark Downtown Race in Providence, R.I., finishing in 13:42.5, beating three-time NCAA cross country champion Sam Chelanga. True had won the U.S. 10k title at the Peachtree Road Race in July.

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