WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior Adabelle Ekechukwu (Oak Brook, Ill.) had an amazing performance in the weight throw at HYP, becoming the first Ivy Leaguer to record a 20-meter toss. She actually had two 20-meter tosses, the winning mark measuring at 20.11 (65-11 3/4). That beat out the previous Heps record holder — Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe — who threw a college PR at 19.74 (64-9 1/4).
WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Two rookies making a big splash on the Heps’ scene — Princeton thrower Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, New Zealand) and Columbia middle-distance runner Olivia Sadler (Bristol, England) — had great showings this weekend. Ratcliffe had a personal-best in the weight throw at 19.74 meters (64-9 1/4) at the HYP meet while Sadler ran the mile in 4:42.25 at the Rider Lafayette Winter Games at The Armory. Despite the mighty performances, Ratcliffe was out dueled by Harvard’s Adabelle Ekechukwu while Sadler lost to teammate Erin Gillingham by one-hundredth of a second.
WOMEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Oregon graduate student Alexi Pappas, a Dartmouth graduate, ran 15:54.64 for 5,000 meters at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on Friday. That is the ninth-best time in the country this season.
MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior Nick Wade (North Attleboro, Mass.) joined the smallest of clubs this week, running not sub-4 — but 4:00.00 precisely — at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Team Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. That mark is a school record and among the top 10 in League history, but it is still a tough place to be. “Now I’m just itching for Heps [the Ivy League Championships] and a last chance meet,” said Wade. “Putting it in perspective, I can’t beat myself up over a four-minute mile. No one can. But hopefully in a month I can say I’m ‘officially’ a sub-four guy.”
MEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshmen Dre Nelson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Greg Caldwell (Princeton Junction, N.J.) dominated the straightaway events at the HYP meet and now share rookie honors. Nelson took down defending Ivy champion Damani Wilson of Harvard for the 60m-dash win in a personal-best 6.84. Caldwell claimed the hurdles in 8.10, also a personal best.
MEN’S ALUM OF THE WEEK
Princeton graduate Donn Cabral, now representing Nike, ran a sub-four mile for the first time at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Cabral clocked 3:56.41 in the event, becoming the 20th Heps athlete to break through the legendary barrier on the track. He actually had actually run 3:59.1 at the Fifth Avenue Mile last September, but that didn’t count as a ‘sub-four’ in the track world. The last three Heps’ sub-fours have all been from Princeton. Peter Callahan and Joe Stilin each did it last year.