Male Athletes of the Week
Joe Stilin, Princeton (Sr., Milwaukee, Wis.)
Nick Huber, Cornell (Sr., Leopold, Ind.)
Stilin continued his remarkable season by posting an all-time top 10 League mark in the 5,000-meter run at the Mount SAC Relays. In a field with Cam Levins of Southern Utah and Lawi Lalang of Arizona, Stilin finished in 13:38.36. This year Stilin has faster mile, 3k and 5k times than his All-American teammate Donn Cabral. Huber intends to finish his Big Red career with a bang and proved that with a personal-best 7,620 points in the decathlon at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., over the weekend. He won seven of the 10 events outright, scoring big points in the 100- and 400-meter dashes and the 110-meter hurdles.
Male Rookies of the Week
Connor Martin, Princeton (Fr., Carmel, Ind.)
Adam Bragg, Princeton (Fr., El Toro, Calif.)
Ben Glauser, Harvard (Fr., Athens, Ga.)
Giving this award to three athletes is a real sellout, but all three posted one of the League’s best season marks at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton. Martin’s 8:57.61 clocking in the steeplechase is No. 2 behind only Donn Cabral. Bragg’s 16-7 1/4 pole vault is behind Nico Weiler and David Slovenski only. And Glauser’s 57-8 1/4 shot put is a new No. 2, behind only fellow rookie Stephen Mozia of Cornell. This award would have been real easy to award if Mount SAC’s results crew was in charge as that outfit somehow had Columbia freshman Nate Brennand breaking the League’s all-time 1,500m record with a 3:36 finish. But, alas, Brennand was not in California at the time. Kinda hard to explain.
Male Alum of the Week
Sean Furey, Dartmouth ’04 (Methuen, Mass.)
Furey, the 2010 U.S. national champion in the javelin, looks primed for a run at the Olympic Games. He won the jav at the Mount SAC Relays, throwing 78.09 meters (256-2) to beat former Brown Bear Craig Kinsley. Furey’s entire series was impressive as he looks to return to 80-meter throws (and well beyond) next time out.
Female Athlete of the Week
Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth (Soph., Topsfield, Mass.)
D’Agostino’s season opener at the Mount SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., was a jaw dropper. In the ultra-elite field of the 5,000-meter run she took third overall in 15:23.35, the first collegian across the line. For perspective, she was just three seconds from the Olympic Games ‘A’ standard and she has now run nearly 30 seconds faster than any Ivy Leaguer ever has. She is no longer shooting for just an NCAA title, she is positioning herself for a shot at the Olympic Games. Here’s some of the runners she beat — Lucy Van Dalen, Sheila Reid, Julie Culley, Emily Infeld, Brie Felnagle, Anna Pierce, Brenda Martinez and Frances Koons.
Female Rookie of the Week
Alexandra Stanton, Brown (Fr., Medfield, Mass.)
In a race with strong winds which affected the times of U.S. Olympic hopefuls Dominique Darden and Tiffany Williams, Stanton ran the League’s third-best 400m hurdle time of the season, finishing her rounds in 1:00.23 at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.
Female Alum of the Week
Becky Christensen, Harvard ’09 (Celina, Texas)
This was a tough choice after victorious runs by both Kate Grace and Ashley Higginson at Mount SAC, but Christensen put herself in the spotlight by clearing a personal-best 1.92 meters (6-3 1/2) at the SAC. She posted joyfully afterward that it “feels wonderful to finally jump high again!”