HepsTrack’s Weekly Awards, Vol. 5

MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Princeton senior Donn Cabral (Glastonbury, Conn.) did not successfully defend his Wisconsin adidas Invitational title, but he came pretty close. He finished fourth overall, completing the eight-kilometer course in 23:31, two seconds of his 2010 pace and ahead of big names like Chris Derrick of Stanford and Miles Batty of BYU. Cabral also led the Tigers to a fourth-place finish as a team, defeating Oregon, Indiana, N.C. State, Minnesota, Texas, Providence, Georgetown and Villanova.

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Eddie Owens (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was the seventh freshman to finish the eight-kilometer path at the adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Friday. His time of 24:42 was just five seconds shy of the mark set by last year’s high school sensation Lukas Verzbicas, now of Oregon. Owens was 77th overall.

MEN’S GRAD OF THE WEEK
Cornell graduate Adrien Dannemiller (Martinsville, Ind.), now competing for the Indiana Hoosiers, was 35th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, finishing his 8k duties in 24:21.9.

WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Two All-Americans — Princeton senior Alex Banfich (Plymouth, Ind.) and Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) — share the award after each finished among the best in the country at elite meets in the Midwest. Banfich took fourth at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in 20:10.1 behind national pacesetters Sheila Reid of Villanova and Jordan Hasay of Oregon while D’Agostino was second at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational, finishing 6k in 20:23, behind only UTEP’s Risper Kimaiyo and ahead of Emily Infeld of Georgetown.

WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Two talented rookies — Columbia’s Waverly Neer (Russiaville, Ind.) and Cornell’s Jade Williams (Ammanford, Wales) — split honors this week. Neer was 72nd overall at the elite adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., just the seventh freshman across the line, just one spot behind highly-acclaimed Aisling Cuffe of Stanford. Williams — a Welsh junior recordholder at both 800- and 1,500-meters — was the first Cornellian to finish at the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational. Despite trying conditions, she finished in 18:40, just a second behind winner Jen Bays of Western Ontario.

WOMEN’S GRAD OF THE WEEK
Harvard graduate Claire Richardson (St. Paul, Minn.), now representing the Georgetown Hoyas, took 17th at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational with a 6k time of 21:09. She was the second G’town to finish, ending up between the All-American Emilys — behind Infeld and ahead of Jones.

Thanks for the correction on Owens’ time, Abby

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