Athletes of the Week 4

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WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
It’s not that we are looking to not reward Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.), but because of her talent, she needs to do more to impress us than most. Well, how about another Heps record? At the Columbia-Dartmouth-Yale tri-meet in New Haven, she went for a shorter run than usual, trying her hand at the 1,000 meters. The result? A time of 2:45.42, breaking the League mark set by Alyssa O’Connor of Cornell just a year ago.

WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman Karleh Wilson (Newport Beach, Calif.) also did something for the record books on Sunday in New Haven, breaking the school record in the shot put. Wilson’s best heave of 45-1 1/2 was more than a foot better than the previous mark established by Margo Angelopoulos in 2006.

MEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Cornell teammates Montez Blair (Erial, N.J.) and Stephen Mozia (Hackensack, N.J.) share the award after historic performances at the Upstate Challenge in Ithaca on Saturday. Blair cleared 7-5 1/4 in the high jump — the highest clearance ever for an Ivy Leaguer indoors. Navy’s Leo Williams got over the bar at 7-6 back in 1983 when the Midshipmen were a member of Heps. Mozia tossed the shot 65-3 1/2. That not only puts the sophomore behind only Augie Wolf in Heps’ history, his mark is better than any collegiate mark — indoor or out — of Adam Nelson, the Dartmouth graduate who won two Olympic silver medals.

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.) won the 1,000-meter run at the Harvard Challenge in Cambridge, Mass., finishing in 2:22.96 and breaking Trinity Gray’s school record in the event. That time also moved him into eighth-place all-time in the League. “It’s not often a freshman breaks a school record in his first college race,” said Coach Tim Springfield. We’d add, especially one belonging to Trinity Gray. That’s Willig pictured above in the Patriot blue from his high school days (don’t have anything of him in Brown brown).

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