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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
It is kind of hard to separate these two — Cornell junior Montez Blair (Erial, N.J.) and sophomore Stephen Mozia (Hackensack, N.J.) — as they each posted a personal best and school record on the spring break trip to California. Blair leapt 2.24 meters (7-4 1/4) at the Spring Break Classic in Irvine to move into fourth place on the all-time Heps’ list (behind Tora Harris, Leo Williams and Maalik Reynolds). Mozia actually took down two school marks — putting his trusty shot 18.91 meters (62-0 1/2) in San Diego and tossing the discus 54.72 meters (179-6) in Irvine. His shot mark is now fifth on the Heps’ all-time outdoor list.

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
If two Big Red athletes can share the Athlete honors, two Penn Quakers — Drew Magaha (Hatboro, Pa.) and Sam Mattis (East Brunswick, N.J.) — can do the same with the Rookie award. Magaha easily won the 800m run at the Philadelphia College Classic, clocking 1:51.58 without being pushed. And with the first discus toss of his collegiate career, Mattis threw a Penn record 57.67 meters (189-2), which is sixth all-time in the League and the second-best toss among the Ivies in the last 18 years. Magaha and Mattis are also roommates at Penn.

YOUNG ALUM OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth graduate Ben True, now coached by Big Green distance guru Mark Coogan, finished sixth on a snowy, slushy and difficult course at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland over the weekend. His heroics led Team USA to a stunning second-place finish ahead of Kenya. Yes, that Kenya! Not too far ahead of the U.S. was Ethiopia.

VINTAGE ALUM OF THE WEEK
Princeton graduate Bruce McBarnette did a Babe Ruthian ‘called shot’ this weekend at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, Md. He predicted he’d break the 55-and-over world record with a leap of 1.88 meters (6-2) and he did just that for his 27th national masters championship. Now, Carl Wallin, who coached Adam Nelson at Dartmouth, isn’t eligible for this award (he went to Northeastern), but it is duly noted that he defended his Masters’ 70-75 shot put title with a toss of 42-10 3/4.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior Rachel Sorna (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) earned some national acclaim this weekend after establishing a new League standard in the steeplechase by winning in 9:50.39 at the Spring Break Invitational in Irvine, Calif. Not only is that more than two seconds faster than Olympic hopeful Ashley Higginson’s previous conference mark, she also stands in front of two Olympians (Anna Willard; Lisa Stublic) and a World Championship qualifier (Delilah DiCrescenzo).

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton newcomer Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) didn’t really do anything unexpected at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. She simply clobbered the League hammer throw record in her debut, letting fly a toss of 63.99 meters (209-11), seven feet beyond the previous standard of 202-11 by Brown’s Brynn Smith two seasons ago. Ratcliffe — who, after all, was fourth at the 2012 World Juniors in this event — was victorious over 28 competitors, including former national runner-up Brittany Smith of Illinois State.

YOUNG ALUM OF THE WEEK
Columbia graduate Lisa Stublic was mentioned in Rachel Sorna’s Athlete of the Week bio, but she earned her own honor as well. A native of Waterbury, Conn., who has been living in and representing Croatia, she took third at the NYC Half Marathon on St. Patrick’s Day. Finishing in 1:09:18, she was fewer than 10 seconds off the pace of women’s champion Caroline Rotich. Stublic — whose time is a Croatian half-marathon record — ran the marathon at the London Olympics last August.

VINTAGE ALUM OF THE WEEK
More than 20 years ago Ruth Greenfield-Webster pulled off back-to-back indoor-outdoor triple jump sweeps at the Heps Championships (1991 and 1992). Amazingly, she continues to succeed in that punishing discipline, this weekend winning the Masters’ 40-44 national crown with a leap of 10.21 meters (33-6). The winner of the 35-39 group finished nearly five feet behind.

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