Maybe it’s the long indoor season of not being able to hurl their specialty. Maybe the cold weather doesn’t impact them as much as the runners. Maybe the League simply has an incredible amount of throwing talent. Whatever it is, the throwers are taking all the headlines right now and most of this week’s Heps awards.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
This was a tough one because a rookie had the single-best performance of the weekend, but it was Cornell senior co-captain Victoria Imbesi (Estell Manor, N.J.) who had the broadest impact. She posted three wins in the Cornell/Penn victory over Oxford/Cambridge, taking the shot put (48-1 3/4) as well as the discus (152-11) and javelin throws (142-1). Right now in the League, Imbesi is ranked among the top three in each discipline.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Hopefully I get this right and am not duped by the internet. Everything for Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) so far is a box of budgies. After crushing the League’s hammer throw record last week, she pummeled her own mark at the Sam Howell Invitational, flinging her hammer an astounding 66.69 meters (218-9). Now fourth nationally just inches away from second, Ratcliffe has improved the Ivy mark by nearly five meters… and it’s just early April.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior John Gregorek (Seekonk, Mass.) is the only awardee of the week who wasn’t throwing things around. He was honored after win the steeplechase at the Sam Howell Invitational in 8:52.85. That time is the best mark in Heps (by a big margin) and 11th in the nation this season. Gregorek’s father, John, was a 1984 Olympic steeplechaser and coached at Brown for more than a decade.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn rookie Sam Mattis (East Brunswick, N.J.) claimed an intercontinental victory at the Transatlantic Series between a combined Penn-Cornell team and the U.K. squad of Oxford and Cambridge. Mattis claimed the discus with a toss of 55.88 meters (183-4), which was 12 feet beyond the rest of the competition. Last year’s high school outstanding performer at the Penn Relays, Mattis’ father Marlon was a standout thrower for William & Mary. He also provided us with the photo of his son and Cornell’s Stephen Mozia.