Twelve runners for six awards this week? Yeah, we found decisions hard to come by this weekend. Perhaps we are making up for not awarding anyone last week (as the Columbia women were the only runners afoot).
WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Yes, one beat the other by 24 seconds at the Paul Short Invitational, but Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) and Cornell senior Katie Kellner (West Windsor, N.J.) share this week’s award. D’Agostino simply destroyed the field, possibly making herself the NCAA favorite by finishing the muddy 6k course in 19:58. Kellner was second in 20:22, leading her Big Red to a rather surprising team victory over three top-10 squads — Georgetown, Villanova and Providence all of the Big East. It should be noted that Dartmouth and Yale also finished ahead of Villanova and Providence.
WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Simple enough, the first freshman across the line at the Paul Short Run gets the honor, right? Well, Dartmouth teammates Christie Rutledge (Manlius, N.Y.) and Dana Giordano (Bernardsville, N.J.) crossed within a second, 20:58 to 20:59, so we are going with both. We’d could have been convinced to add a third — Caroline Kellner of Cornell — as she finished just a second behind Giordano, but the Big Red will get enough of an award when the national rankings come out on Monday. We also considered Olivia Sadler, who scored for Columbia at the Toledo Bubble Buster last weekend, but figured we’d focus on this weekend instead. Kellner and Sadler both earn shout outs.
WOMEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Now running for the Oregon Ducks, former Dartmouth All-American Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.) won the Dellinger Invitational in Springfield, Ore., nearly setting a meet record in the process. Her time of 16:23 was less than a second off former NCAA champion Sheila Reid’s 2009 time.
MEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Yes, we are very wishy-washy this week, unable to make a decision. We are awarding three juniors, each of whom paced their team to an impressive finish at big invitationals with ranked opposition. They are Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan (Brunswick, Maine), who was fifth at the Paul Short Invitational; Princeton’s Alejandro Arroyo-Yamin (Culver, Ind.), who was 10th at the Notre Dame Invitational; and Columbia’s Jake Sienko (Warwick, R.I.), who was 15th at the Greater Louisville Classic. Geoghegan’s Big Green was the top Ivy team at Lehigh (fourth overall) while Columbia and Princeton were both second among elite fields.
MEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Two rookies — Harvard’s Thomas Purnell (Gloucestershire, U.K.) and Columbia’s Ben Golestan (Southlake, Texas) — crossed the line almost together in the elite race at the Paul Short Run. They both were timed in 24:52 with Purnell finishing just ahead of Golestan.
MEN’S ALUMS OF THE WEEK
Cornellians went 1-2 at the insane Ultra Race of Champions at the Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. That’s 100k. 62 miles. Max King (Bend, Ore.) and Sage Canaday (Sheridan, Ore.) were the guys, King finishing in a speedy 7:57:02, 15 minutes ahead of Canaday. Regardless the margin, they share this award and thumbs up to Canaday for celebrating with a beer. 62 miles?