Athletes of the Week 5

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WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) and Cornell junior Rachel Sorna (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) share the top honors this week after each entered the record books over the weekend. D’Agostino continued her tear, this time breaking a 30-year-old League record in the 3,000-meter run with an 8:55.41 at the University of Washington Invitational. That time is No. 1 in the nation and more than four seconds faster than the long-time Ivy mark of Harvard’s Jenny Stricker (8:59.90c). Sorna was third in the 5k at the Boston University Terrier Invitational with her time of 15:53.76. That not only crushed the school record of Pam Hunt, it is No. 4 all-time in the conference and No. 3 in the nation this season.

WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Martina Salander (Stockholm, Sweden) broke the Heps’ all-time pentathlon record by racking up 4,094 points at the Texas A&M Challenge. The previous mark was 4,053 was set by Lindsey Taylor of Brown back in 2001. Salander won the shot put (44-7) and was second in the long jump (18-6 1/2) and the 800 (2:20.85).

WOMEN’S ALUMS OF THE WEEK
NJ-NY Track Club teammates Kate Grace (Yale) and Ashley Higginson (Princeton) share the alumni award this week. Grace — running for Oiselle — was second in the 3k at the Washington Invitational in Seattle, actually edging Abbey D’Agostino in 8:55.06. Higginson — running for Saucony — established a new mile steeplechase record at The Armory, winning the New Balance Games’ event in 4:48.11. She served as rabbit in the elite mile as Mary Cain crushed the 41-year-old national high school record.

MEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Three athletes — Princeton junior Damon McLean (Kingston, Jamaica), Cornell senior Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Burlington, Ont.) and Dartmouth junior John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) — share the award this week. McLean took first in both the long (22-7 1/2) and triple jumps (51-0 1/4, U.S. No. 12) and the Wesley A. Brown Invitational at Navy. Hortelano-Roig ran 6.87 for 60m and 21.39 for 200 (No. 3 all-time in Heps) at the Boston University Terrier Classic. And Bleday won the BU Terrier 3k, the lone runner of 146 to break eight minutes. He finished in 7:59.33.

MEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
The rookie award is shared by two athletes from the Philadelphia ‘burbs — Penn’s Thomas Pitt (West Chester, Pa.) and Cornell’s Max Hairston (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.). Pitt won the high jump at the NYRR College Night at the Races, clearing 6-6 3/4 to help the Quakers to the team title. Hairston ran 49.13 for 400 meters at the BU Terrier Classic on Saturday. That time stands third on the Ivy performance list this season.

MEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Texas’ Joe Stilin (Princeton) broke the Longhorn school record in the mile (3:58.66) previously owned by Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano. And that wasn’t all. Stilin also anchored the UT distance medley relay to victory, running 3:59 for 1600m to finish in 9:31.82, the top time in the country right now.

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