Female Athletes of the Week:
Cornell’s women 4×400 relay squad of Zena Kolliesuah (Pickerington, Ohio), Udeme Akpaete (Silver Spring, Md.), Elyse Wilkinson (Philadelphia, Pa.), and Ebolutalese Airewele (Ithaca, N.Y.) have set the relay standard for this indoor season. Their 3:41.33 at the Nittany Lion Challenge is the 5th fastest 4×400 time in indoor conference history and 10th fastest time in the nation right now, and it’s only mid-January. Akpaete, Airewele, and Kolliesuah also competed in the open 400m, running 55.16, 55.64, and 55.93, respectively. Wilkinson competed in the 600m, where she ran a 1:31.47.
Female Rookie of the Week:
Penn frosh Noel Jancewicz did not have to compete on Saturday, but she decided to. At the Lehigh Angry Birds Invitational, she won the high jump in 5-5 (1.65m) in a tiebreaker over Monmouth’s Mariah Toussaint. She also competed in the 60m hurdles (9.51) and the shot put (38-2 ¾).
Male Athlete of the Week:
Cornell sophomore Max Hairston (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) is lingering just outside of the all-time top 10 for the 60 hurdles. He set a new personal best at the Nittany Lion Challenge, breaking the 7-second barrier for the first time with a 7.99 for a 4th place finish.
Male Rookie of the Week:
Yale frosh Marc-Andre Alexander (Montreal, Quebec) earns his second rookie of the week honor due to his two event wins at the Dartmouth-Yale-Columbia tri-meet in Hanover. His 60m dash times have been consistent this season – he won the event in 6.95 while his season best is 6.94. His 200m time (22.10/21.72) is either the 2nd or 3rd fastest performance of the season (it depends on if the time is converted from a flat to banked track time or not). He also raced as a part of Yale’s 4×400 relay squad that finished second in 3:21.81.
Brown and Harvard at the Battle in Beantown – men: Harvard 2nd, Brown 4th; women: Harvard 1st, Brown 3rd
Cornell at the Nittany Lion Challenge
Penn at the Angry Birds Invitational – men: Penn 3rd; women: Penn 4th
photo by Doug Austin