Kicking Off Heps Week

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cornell sophomore Stephen Mozia (Hackensack, N.J.) strengthened his already impressive resume last week, first by throwing the discus 59.91 meters (196-7) at a small meet at Ithaca on Tuesday and then winning the Penn Relays’ shot put championship with a personal-best of 19.20 meters (63-0). His shot put mark is third all-time in the Ivies behind Olympians August Wolf (Princeton) and Adam Nelson (Dartmouth). In the discus, only Olympian Nick Sweeney (Harvard) has thrown further. Also, a shout to Princeton’s Damon McLean (Kingston, Jamaica), who won the Relays’ triple jump with a wind-aided 15.95 meters (52-4).

RELAYS OF THE WEEK
After barely missing for a qualifying spot in the 4×100-meter Championship of America at the Penn Relays, Cornell won the IC4A final with the fastest time for a Heps’ team in 35 years. The foursome of Ryan Hynes, Jedidiah Adarquah-Yiadon, Bruno Hortelano-Roig and Kinsley Ojukwu stopped the clock in 40.24, which is third all-time in the League. Cornell shares the award with the Princeton 4×400-meter squad of Tom Hopkins, Daniel McCord, Russell Dinkins and Austin Hollimon. That group advanced to the Relay’s Championship of America, where it ran 3:06.26 (anchored by Hollimon’s 45.6). The only faster run by a Heps squad was Princeton in 2011, when Mike Eddy teamed with Hopkins, Dinkins and Hollimon to run 3:05.86.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Larry Gibson (Charlotte, N.C.) has been steady all season long, running the 400 meters five times and posting sub-49 each time. He ran his personal best on Sunday at the Big Red Invitational (48.51, third in the League) two days after running on the Big Red’s 4x400m entrant at the Penn Relays. Cornell finished second behind Princeton at the Relays, clocking a season-best 3:11.14. Last year he was a North Carolina state champion for Phillip Berry Academy.

ALUMNI OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth graduate Ben True won Payton Jordan 5,000-meter run at Stanford on Sunday in new PR — 13:14.44 — which also gave him the World A standard in the process. Like Big Green junior Abbey D’Agostino, True will head to Russia for the IAAF World Champs if he can produce a top-three finish at U.S. Nationals. Winning narrowly over Evan Jager, True’s previous best was 13:20.53. True took the award from yet another Dartmouth athlete. Matt Miner, now running at Oregon as a graduate student, ran a 3:59.9 leg on the Ducks’ winning 4xMile Championship of American squad.

RUNNING COACH OF THE WEEK
We’ve never done this before, but Princeton assistant Robby Andrews became the 400th American to record a sub-4 mile this weekend, turning the trick at the Penn Relays on Saturday. With his father, Bob, running for the Penn Quakers, he could also have earned Offspring of the Week, but he’d have gotten stiff competition from Georgetown Prep’s Travis Valmon, who handed off the stick in his high school’s 4×400 with the lead at Penn. Travis is the son of Harvard grad Meredith (Rainey) and Andrew Valmon. Both were Olympians and Andrew serves as the head coach at the University of Maryland.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior Rachel Sorna (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) seems to be mission-driven this spring. Already in possession of a League record in the steeplechase, Sorna won the Penn Relays 3,000-meter run on Thursday night, edging out Boston College’s Bridget Dahlberg. The winning time of 9:20.36 is just outside the League’s all-time top 10. She ran 9:12 indoor on an oversized track. Her best time before this season was 9:46.

RELAY OF THE WEEK
The Princeton women’s 4×800-meter relay didn’t merely break the Heps’ record at the Penn Relays on Saturday, the foursome of Kacie O’Neil, Greta Feldman, Cecilia Barowski and Alexis Mikaelian took it down with more than eight seconds to spare. Feldman’s leg was particularly speedy as she circled the track twice in 2:03.15. The other three each ran sub-2:10 as Cornell’s 2005 record (with Morgan Uceny) went down. Also earning at least mention was the Columbia distance medley squad, with Waverly Neer anchoring, which finished third in the Championship of America behind only Villanova and Kentucky.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Hillary Holmes (Exeter, N.H.) got a little help from the wind with her 5.9x (19-7) long jump at the Big Red Invitational on Sunday, but her leap is hardly an abnormality. She went over 19 feet legally in that series and leapt more than 19-5 during the indoor season. She was a many time state champion in her home state of New Hampshire.

ALUMNI OF THE WEEK
Pretty easy pickings here as Yale graduate Kate Grace won the Grand Blue Mile — the U.S. Road 1-Mile Championship — in Des Moines on Tuesday and then returned to record a personal best in the 1,500-meter run on Friday night (4:08.24). She has solidified her standing as a threat in both the 800 and 1500 at the national level. She will be vying for a spot in the 2013 World Championships in Russia this summer.

RUNNING COACH OF THE WEEK
Chrissy Supino — who ran with Alexi Pappas and Abbey D’Agostino on Dartmouth’s All-America DMR last year — posted a personal best of 4:39.44 in the Olympic Development Mile at the Penn Relays. She is now running post collegiately unattached as she serves as a grad assistant coach at the University of South Carolina.

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