MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Princeton senior Michael Franklin (Mendham, N.J.) didn’t just lead his Tigers to an impressive 1-2-3-4-5 sweep of the 3,000-meter run on Saturday night at The Armory’s NYRR College Night at the Races, he posted the nation’s best time of 8:07.88. That time is nearly a 10-second personal best for Franklin. Just missing out on the award, by virtue of Franklin’s U.S. No. 1 ranking, was teammate Tom Hopkins (Haverford, Pa.), who won three events last weekend at the Navy dual meet and two more at The Armory this past weekend.
MEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Penn’s Clark Shurtleff (Bethany, Conn.) and Cornell’s Stephen Afadapa (Cypress, Texas) share the award after each performed well over the weekend. Shurtleff finished second in the mile run at The Armory on Saturday and his time of 4:13.36 is the best in the League so far this season. Afadapa, meanwhile, continued his sensational season by clearing 2.16 meters (7-1) in the high jump at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge.
WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Two athletes — Cornell junior Rachel Sorna (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and Dartmouth junior All-American Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) — share the award after each posted the nation’s top time in an event. Sorna began the day with a 24-second PR in the mile (4:47.32) before doubling back with a school-record 9:18.17 in the 3k, the top time in the nation this year. D’Agostino ran a mile personal best of 4:34.15 on the Big Green’s flat track at the Dartmouth Relays. Her time translates to 4:31.5 in the confusing NCAA index, an easy No. 1. Her actual time is second all-time in Heps behind only Darlene Beckford’s 4:32.30 for Harvard back in 1982.
WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Another shared honor this week as Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) keeps throwing bombs and Penn’s Elyssa Gensib (Princeton, N.J.) won the mile at the NYRR College Night at the Races in the big city. Ratcliffe, the nation’s top freshman thrower, launched another Heps’ record at a quad meet with St. John’s, Rutgers and St. Joseph’s. Her best weight throw of the season sailed 19.69 meters (64-7 1/4). The Heps’ record entering the season was 19 inches shorter. Gensib was a double winner at The Armory, running the lead leg of the 4x800m relay and winning the mile in 5:07.16.