A New Level of Happy

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Penn’s Conner Paez is running 30 seconds slower than his PR… and it’s the happiest he’s ever been. We actually missed his performance by a week, but thanks to Robert Johnson at LetsRun.com, we didn’t miss it altogether.

MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior Will Geoghegan (Brunswick, Maine) posted the League’s best time in the 5,000-meter run this season by running 13:55.92 at the Mount SAC Relays. Geoghegan beat some the League’s top runners — including Harvard’s James Leakos and Maksim Korolev and Princeton’s Chris Bendtsen — in that race. It was the League’s only new No. 1 in an individual event from the weekend.

MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
There was a familiar name on Cornell’s 4×100-meter relay which posted the League’s fastest time (40.45) in more than 15 years. The leadoff was freshman Ryan Hynes (Warrington, Pa.), whose older brothers Duane and Derek both starred at Princeton. Joining Hynes on that speedy 4×1 in the meet with Binghamton and Buffalo were Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadom, Bruno Hortelano-Roig and Kinsley Ojukwu.

MALE COMEBACK OF THE WEEK (OR SO…)
Twenty months ago, Penn junior Conner Paez (Solon, Ohio) suffered horrific injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle. His doctor would say that his injuries were worse than Louisville basketball player Kevin Wade. Paez returned to the track for the Quakers earlier this month at ran a 4:19.27 for 1,500 meters, 30 seconds from his PR, but much faster than any medical professional ever thought he’d run again. LetsRun.com’s Robert Johnson wrote a great piece on his return and it is definitely worth the read.

MALE ALUMNI OF THE WEEK
A year ago, Dartmouth grad Glenn Randall made news when he took off and led the Boston Marathon for a considerable time. This year he was 23rd overall, completing the 26.2 miles in 2:20:56.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
When it comes to the award, Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) has to live up to a different standard. In this case, she passed the IAAF’s “A” standard in the 5,000-meter run at the Mount SAC Relays, winning in 15:11.35. Only Jenny Simpson (Colorado) and Kim Smith (Providence) have ever run faster in-season. The Heps’ 5k record before D’Ag’s arrival in Hanover was 15:51.30 set by Olympian Kate O’Neill in 2003.

FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
What D’Ag is to the athlete award, Princeton freshman Julia Ratcliffe (Hamilton, N.Z.) is to the rookie award. This weekend she hurled her mighty hammer 68.80 meters (225-9) to win the Larry Ellis Invitational, crush her own Heps’ record, scare the all-time top-10 collegians and break the New Zealand national record. If she improves a foot she will move into the all-time top 10 performers list in college.

FEMALE COMEBACKS OF THE WEEK
Two Columbia Lions roared back over the weekend after being sidelined with injury. Senior Sharay Hale (Detroit, Mich.) won her section of the 200-meter dash at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational, running a wind-aided 23.80. She also ran 55.53 for 400 meters on a windy day. Sophomore Waverly Neer (Russiaville, Ind.), meanwhile, ran a personal-best 16:01.36 at the Mount SAC Relays, which is also one of the 10 fastest marks in Ivy history.

FEMALE ALUMNI OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth graduate Hilary Dionne was the first Ivy female finisher at the ill-fated Boston Marathon, stopping the clock in 2:39.34. Obviously, the performances took a backseat to the terrifying week that beset Boston, but we wanted to acknowledge Dionne’s efforts against the world’s best.

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