Female Athletes of the Week
Adele Jackson-Gibson, Yale (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y.)
Lacey Craker, Brown (Jr., Baraboo, Wis.)
Jackson-Gibson — a goalie on the Bulldogs’ soccer team — was a fourth-place finisher in the 100m dash at Outdoor Heps a year ago. Jackson-Gibson shook off less-than-ideal conditions at the UConn Invitational in Storrs to win the 100m dash (12.54) and take second in both the 200m (25.67) and the long jump (18-2 1/4). Craker — a two-time Heps’ discus champion — opened the season with a League-best heave in the hammer throw. Her top toss at the UConn Invitational in Storrs was 55.62 meters (182-6), second to Sacred Heart’s Athalia Smith.
Female Rookies of the Week
Lindsey Enders, Cornell (Fr., Melbourne, Fla.)
Erika Veidis, Harvard (Fr., Sparta, N.J.)
A two-time Florida state high school champion in the pole vault, Enders didn’t match her career best over the weekend, but she did win the Ithaca Invitational with a clearance of 3.55 meters (11-7 3/4) in cold and damp conditions, a departure from her high school days in the Sunshine State. It wasn’t the first time that Veidis dipped below 2:10 in the 800m run, but the rookie did so early in the season at the North Florida Invitational, one of three runners in a field of 46 to so. Her time of 2:09.83 was behind only Virginia’s Jennifer Fabrizio and Jacksonville’s Joane Pierre.
Male Athletes of the Week
Nico Weiler, Harvard (Jr., Stuttgart, Germany)
Joe Stilin, Princeton (Sr., Milwaukee, Wis.)
After claiming the Indoor Heps pole vault title with a meet record back in February, Weiler won the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville, clearing 5.30 meters (17-4 1/2) with just a single miss. His victory came over athletes from South Carolina, Auburn, Virginia, Florida and Florida State. After running both a sub-four mile and a 7:51 3k indoor (yet, remarkably, unable to qualify for NCAAs), Stilin kept pace in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays, running 13:51.17 to finish third behind William Mulherin of Virginia Tech and Soufiane Bouchikhi of Eastern Kentucky. Stilin’s time is currently fourth nationally, barely a second behind Mulherin’s top mark (13:49.95).
Male Rookie of the Week
Dean Sullivan, Harvard (Fr., Franklin Lakes, N.J.)
Sullivan — who had a decorated wrestling career at Delbarton High — threw the javelin 67.00 meters (219-10) in his first heave of the day at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville. He was third at the end behind Coastal Carolina’s Jason Flanagan and Virginia’s Andy Fahringer. Sullivan’s mark is more than 20 feet further than all other Ivy Leaguers so far.