MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Harvard pole vaulter Nico Weiler (Stuttgart, Germany) and Penn shot putter Jake Brenza (Camp Hill, Pa.) share the award this week after impressive debuts. Weiler — who became the League’s second 18-footer last spring — cleared 4.95 (16-2 3/4) at the Harvard Open. At this point in the season he is among 20 athletes who clear 16 feet. Brenza won the shot at the Fast Times Before Finals meet at Lehigh on Friday with a indoor personal-best 16.59 (54-5 1/4). That was the best toss by a Quaker in 16 years and only Cornell’s Stephen Mozia has thrown further this season.
MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman John Hill (Warren, Mich.), after completing his first season as a cornerback for the Tigers’ football team, picked up his first track victory in the 60-meter dash at the Princeton New Year’s Invitational. After two false starts in the final, Hill defeated runners from Rutgers and Delaware State, finishing in 6.93. That is the best time by any Ivy freshman so far this season.
MEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Ethan Shaw (Falmouth, Maine) — forever to be known for winning the snowy Heps XC title in 2011 — was the top Ivy finisher at the USA Track Club Nationals in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday. Not only did the Dartmouth grad finish 16th in 30:47.74, he was a member of the victorious Hanson-Brooks team. One of his teammates — Columbia graduate Brendan Martin — was 44th, a spot behind Princeton grad David Nightingale, who runs for the NYAC.
WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) posted the greatest series and best single weight throw in Ivy League history at the Princeton New Year Invitational at Jadwin Gym on Sunday. She set a new Ivy record three times. Her second toss of 19.23 (63-1) broke the League mark of Princeton’s Thanithia Billings set in 2010 (63-0 1/4). After a foul, Ratcliffe pushed the record to 19.42 (63-8) in her fourth attempt and then 19.58 (64-3) in her fifth. Ratcliffe was fourth in the hammer throw at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona this summer. UPDATE: Ratcliffe has quite a fan base back home! Between Sunday and Monday, more than 100 New Zealanders have visited HepsTrack.
WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Obviously, Ratcliffe picks up this honor as well, but there is an amazing array of international freshman talent in the League right now. Ratcliffe’s teammate Sarah Lavin (Limerick, Ireland) ran 7.59 in the 60m dash and 8.55 over hurdles. The hurdles mark puts her in the hunt for a League record (8.33 by Olympian Brenda Taylor). Harvard’s Martina Salander (Stockholm, Sweden) won the 55m hurdles (7.96) at the Harvard Open after clocking 7.70 in the trials. She also won the 600m run (1:38.68) and was third in the shot put.
WOMEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth goes two-for-two on alumni picks as graduate Erin Dromgoole (Millbury, Mass.) was the top Ivy female at the USA Track Club Nationals in Louisville, Ky. She finished the 6k trek in 21:37.11, good for 45th place. Yale graduate Lindsay Donaldson-O’Brien — repping the Georgetown Running Company — was two seconds and three spots behind Dromgoole. Cornell graduate Stephanie Pancoast also had a top 100 finish, 56th, running for New Balance Silicon Valley.