Now that the indoor season has come to a close, we are going to look back before looking forward. All-Ivy, All-America. Those things have been awarded, but nothing matters more than the HepsTrack Indoor Athletes of the Year.
Male Track Athlete of the Season: Princeton’s Peter Callahan. Callahan broke the heralded 4-minute mile mark not just once, but twice this season. His fastest time, 3:58.76, is the third-best in conference history. He also became the first person to break 1:50 for 800 meters in Barton Hall at Indoor Heps before running a 4:01 DMR anchor. Callahan earned his first All-American honor this past weekend by finishing sixth in the NCAA mile championships.
Male Field Athlete of the Season: Princeton’s Conor McCullough. McCullough’s throw of 76-1 from the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet not only set a new conference record, but it is also the No. 1 throw in the country. Even McCullough’s Heps’ winning throw of 75-3 1/4 (which is a new Heps championship record) would have won NCAAs this past weekend. If he only liked the event!
Male Rookie of the Season: Cornell’s Stephen Mozia. Mozia demonstrated this indoor season how talented he is with a shot as he heaved on 62-8, the third-farthest indoor shot put distance in conference history. That mark qualified Mozia for his first NCAA championships, where he finished 16th in a very talented field.
Female Track Athlete of the Season: Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino. D’Agostino showed that she can be a national threat for indoor races after having a very successful cross country campaign. She qualified for NCAAs by hitting the automatic mark in both the mile and 3000m before Indoor Heps (opting to focus on the 3000m at NCAAs), and then helping her Distance Medley Relay team hit the auto in that event as well at the Columbia Last Chance meet. This past weekend, she earned two All-American honors by placing eighth in the 3000m and leading her DMR team to third.
Female Field Athlete of the Season: Princeton’s Tory Worthen. Will Worthen ever lose a title at Heps? So far, she is five-for-five in her career, capturing the pole vault crown at each Championship. This year she won the Indoor title by breaking the meet record with a clearance of 13-6 1/4. The next question is: will Worthen become the first Ivy Leaguer to clear 14 feet in the vault? We aren’t betting against her.
Female Rookie of the Season: Columbia’s Waverly Neer. Neer opened the indoor season by mounting her Armory record plaque on the wall and then proceeded to have one of the finest rookie seasons ever. She ran all-time top 10 Heps times in both the mile (4:41.92) and 3,000m (9:08.72). Her 3k time was an automatic qualifier to the NCAAs, but a fall there might have cost her first-team All-America honors.