Brown Sweeps Awards

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WOMEN

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Brown senior Olivia Mickle (Sacramento, Calif.) wasn’t in the 10k section with Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher and Jordan Hasay at the Stanford Invitational, but she should have been. She won the second section in a school-record 33:52.49, pulling away from the field midway through. Her time, just outside the all-time Heps’ top 10, would have beaten a number of runners in the first second.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) won the discus throw at the Snowflake Classic at Tufts with a heave of 50.26 meters (164-11). That is good for fifth all-time in the Ivy League as well as second at Brown. Only one of the 35 other throwers — teammate Victoria Buhr — was within 20 feet of her mark.

ALUM OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth graduate Alexi Pappas celebrated her freedom from NCAA uniform regulations by sporting a unique singlet, highlighted by an image of her as a horse across the chest. And the uniform helped propel her to a steeplechase victory at the Stanford Invitational with a personal-best time of 9:46.73. She said afterward that she intends to continue her steeple career as far as it will take her.

MEN

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Brown sophomore Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) had a huge improvement in the discus throw at Tufts’ Snowflake Classic, flinging it 57.04 meters (187-2). That was a personal best by about 15 feet, breaking the school record and landing into the Heps’ all-time top 10. It also signaled that Penn rookie Sam Mattis, who threw 189-2 last week, has a rival.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.) had a great showing at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend. He ran 1:50.20 in the 800-meter run (No. 2 in Heps this year) and 3:45.53 in the 1,500 (No. 1 in Heps). Both marks are among the all-time top 10 for the Bears. “It was a great learning experience for Willig, getting his feet wet with national-level competition,” said Coach Tim Springfield. “He’s improving very quickly.”

ALUMS OF THE WEEK
We couldn’t choose just one, so we went with three — Dartmouth grad Matt Miner, Columbia grad Kyle Merber and Princeton alum Trevor Van Ackeren. Now an Oregon Duck, Miner finished second in the 1,500m run at Stanford in 3:42.60, behind only Oklahoman Riley Masters. Merber and Van Ackeren both ran on two winning Longhorn foursomes at the Texas Relays. They teamed up on the 4×8 team that held off Texas A&M while Van Ackeren led off the victorious DMR (again over A&M which ran Deon Lendore and Henry Lelei). Merber anchored home the ‘Horns 4x1500m, which finish four seconds ahead of UCLA.

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