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MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior Chris Bain (Justin, Texas) posted a fantastic early-season time in the 60-meter dash at the Cornell Relays in Barton Hall. Less than a tenth-of-a-second from Chris Lambert’s Heps record, it was also a mere .01 from Bain’s personal best (set as a freshman). He finished well ahead of teammate Bruno Hortelano (6.88), who is returning from a year off in pursuit of making the Spanish Olympic team. Hortelano set both a school and Spanish record in the 300m (33.94) as well. We don’t have a sense of the League mark as not all schools note the event, but Austin Hollimon of Princeton recorded 33.53 in 2011.
MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Stephen Afadapa (Cypress, Texas) found a great way to make a debut at the Cornell Relays in Ithaca, clearing seven feet in the high jump for the first time. That gave the Big Red two seven-footers in the opener (Montez Blair cleared 7-2 1/4). Afadapa broke Steve Kuntz’s 17-year-old Cornell freshman record with the leap.
WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior Claire Dishong (Hamlin, N.Y.) not only matched Natalie Gengel’s school record in the pole vault (3.90 meters / 12-9 1/2), she moved into the League’s all-time top 10 at the Cornell Relays on Saturday. Next up would be becoming just the third Heps’ vaulter to clear 13 feet indoor (along with Princeton’s Tory Worthen and Yale’s Molly Lederman).
WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) twice won the Texas shot put championship, but must already have her sights on a Heps’ title. At the Alden Invitational in Providence, she won the event with a heave of 14.26 meters (46-9 1/2), which was both a two-foot personal best and just two feet from the all-time Ivy top 10.