Male Athletes of the Week
Dan Lowry, Brown (Sr., Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
Conor McCullough, Princeton (Soph., Canoga Park, Calif.)
Not only did Lowry break the Brown record at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend, he ran the fastest Heps 5k time in more than a quarter century, finishing in 13:34.49. He finished just behind standouts like Arizona’s Stephen Sambu and Greensboro’s Paul Chelimo and in front of well-known runners like Scott Bauhs, Simon Bairu and Silas Kisorio. And just how far will McCullough go? If he goes much further, he will wind up in London. He broke his own League record in the hammer throw with a toss of 242-10 (about eight feet beyond his previous best) at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton. But the real news would have been the mark that was wiped out with a close foul. It flew an estimated 250 feet.
Male Rookie of the Week
Daniel Everett, Columbia (Fr., Creve Ceour, Mo.)
When Daniel Everett found himself in the top-seeded 1,500m run at the Sam Howell Invitational, he almost pulled off a stunner. He finished third in 3:46.97, just behind a pair of sub-four milers — NJ-NY TC’s Christian Gonzalez and Iona’s Mitch Goose. Everett could be factor in a loaded 1,500-meter championship at Outdoor Heps in a few weeks.
Male Alumni of the Week
Brian Chaput, Penn ’04
It would not stand to reason that Chaput, after countless surgeries and a long respite from the sport, would be again a contender for the U.S. Olympic team. But after entering in the Sam Howell Invitational, his throws were increasingly long culminating with a winning mark of 76.03 (249-5). That is long enough to be in contention for his third top-three performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Female Athletes of the Week
Katie Kellner, Cornell (Jr., West Windsor, N.J.)
Alexi Pappas, Dartmouth (Sr., Alameda, Calif.)
Kellner joined a pretty exclusive group at the Stanford Invitational by running 10,000 meters in 32:58.73. How fast was that? Only four other Ivy Leaguers have ever dipped below 33 minutes in a 10k — Columbia’s Caroline Bierbaum, Yale’s Kate & Laura O’Neill and Harvard’s Lindsey Scherf! Pappas also joined some exclusive names atop the all-time steeplechase list. Her time of 10:07.58 at the Sam Howell Invite in Princeton has been surpassed by just three Leaguers — all 2012 Olympic hopefuls. She is now behind Princeton’s Ashley Higginson (by a wide margin), but less than a second off the college-best paces of Anna Willard (Brown) and Delilah DiCrescenzo (Columbia).
Female Rookie of the Week
Nadia Eke, Columbia (Fr., Worcester, Mass.)
Before the weekend, only two Ivy League women had ever leapt 42 feet in the triple jump both indoors and outdoors. Eke makes it three after jumped 42-0 1/2 into a strong headwind at the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J. That certainly didn’t take her long to join Jeomi Maduka (Cornell) and Brittany Grovey (Brown).
Female Alumni of the Week
Ashley Higginson, Princeton ’11
The steeplechase is not the easiest discipline to open the season, but from the moment the gun shot at the Sam Howell Invitational, Princeton graduate Ashley Higginson took off, ran from the front and established a personal best with a time of 9:50.54.