Female Athlete of the Week
Emily Shearer, Cornell (Soph., Lafayette, Calif.)
Shearer posted the League’s best time in the 3,000-meter run so far this year by running 9:25.95 on Thursday night at the Penn Relays. Shearer was second overall, just ahead of teammate Katie Kellner. Her time, if produced at Outdoor Heps, would break the League’s all-time championship record.
Female Rookie of the Week
Erika Veidis, Harvard (Fr., Sparta, N.J.)
Veidis ran the second leg on the Crimson’s victorious 4×800-meter relay in the college section of the Penn Relays. Harvard’s time of 8:53.95 was with seven seconds of the school record and enough to hold off Purdue for the title.
Female Alum of the Week
Anna Pierce, Brown ’06 (Greenwood, Maine)
This was no easy task as several Ivy alums had great performances at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. But this comeback performance from Pierce trumps Morgan Uceny’s 800m win (2:02.46) as well as Delilah DiCrescenzo’s steeple run of 9:43.28. Pierce — a former sub-4 1,500m runner — has struggled for more than a year, but broke through with a terrific win in 4:07.00. She blew past Canada’s Hilary Stellingwerff and American upstart Brenda Martinez in the final 200 meters to take the victory.
Male Athlete of the Week
Donn Cabral, Princeton (Sr., Glastonbury, Conn.)
Cabral anchored Princeton to two Championship of America victories at the Penn Relays, making the Tigers for the first Ivy team to double since Yale managed in 51 years ago. Cabral outwitted and then outkicked the opposition in the distance medley relay and then held off a number of hard chargers as the Orange and Black defended the 4xmile crown. Special notice also goes to Cornell’s Montez Blair who took second in the high jump championship with a 7-3 1/4 clearance.
Male Rookies of the Week
Connor Claflin, Columbia (Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Brendon Fish, Columbia (Fr., Madison, Conn.)
Claflin and Fish took the 4×800-meter relay from Columbia to the midway point in the Championship of America at Penn. That unit would run — by the narrowest of margins — the fastest 4×8 in Ivy League history. Claflin split 1:51.2 on the opening leg followed by Fish’s 1:49.9. Liam Tansey and Harry McFann took over from there as the Lions took third in 7:20.80 behind only Penn State and Oregon.
Male Alum of the Week
Ben True, Dartmouth ’08 (North Yarmouth, Maine)
At the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford on Sunday, True clocked a remarkable 27:41.17 in the 10,000-meter run, getting an Olympic A standard. If True can now finish in the top three at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, he will be headed to London.