Male Athlete of the Week:
Tom Hopkins (Haverford, Penn.) is having a great start to his senior indoor season. This past weekend at the Gotham Cup, he broke the 25-foot barrier for the first time and set the fifth best long jump mark in indoor conference history, 25-1 ¾. A funny tidbit – the man who got knocked out of the top 10 due to Hopkins’ mark? His coach, Fred Samara. Hopkins also has the top marks in the 200m (22.00), 400m (48.38), and 500m (1:02.57) so far in this young season, marks that he has set in the last two weeks.
Female Athletes of the Week:
Abbey D’Agostino (Topsfield, Mass.) has secured a spot in the 5,000m at NCAAs. Back on December 14th, she ran a national-leading 15:40.55 solo at the Jay Carisella Invitational, winning the event by 88 seconds. It’s too bad that she didn’t race the weekend before at the Boston University Season Opener – Providence’s distance trio Emily Sisson, Sarah Collins, and Laura Nagel went below 15:43 in their 5,000m race. At the moment, D’Agostino’s time is only 0.07 second ahead of Sisson (15:40.65). D’Agostino will unlikely contest the 5,000m again before NCAAs, she told Gary Cohen last week, as she will likely focus on the mile and 3,000m during the Heps indoor season. D’Agostino’s teammate Meggie Donovan (Auburn, N.H.) will be a good training partner. At the Jay Carisella Invitational, she won the 1,000m in a conference-leading 2:55.02. This past weekend, the junior was the top collegian in the mile at the Dartmouth Relays in 4:58.70, which also tops the conference at this time.
Male Rookies of the Week:
Cornell freshmen Grant Sisserson and Tobenna Attah had strong performances at the Southern Tier Collegiate Invitational this past weekend. Both frosh won their respective events with marks that are the second best in the conference so far – Sisserson in the pole vault (16-0 ¾) and Attah in the 400m (49.66).
Female Rookies of the Week:
Harvard frosh Nikki Okwelogu had a great collegiate debut at the Dartmouth Relays. She placed third overall (second collegian) in the shot put with a heave of 46-2 ½. If the name sounds familiar, here’s why: Nikki’s older sister, Nonny, threw for Princeton during the 2012 indoor and outdoor season. Speaking of Princeton, Megan Curham (Warren, N.J.) represented Team USA well at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country this past weekend, finishing 10th overall in the Junior Women 4-km race to help Team USA to a 2nd place team finish. Curham represented Princeton along with alumna Carrie Dimoff (Pr ’06) on Team USA at this event (20th in Women’s 6-km race).
Brown and Yale: Yale Invitational Results
Cornell: Southern Tier Collegiate Invitational Results
BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross County Release with Results
photo by Tim O’Dowd