Indoor Athletes of the Week #5


Male Athlete of the Week:

Columbia’s Harry McFann came within 0.7 seconds within making the all-time top 10 in the indoor 800m run at the Columbia Invitational, where he won the event in 1:49.91.  This time currently the 23rd best time in the country (but only top 16 qualify for NCAAs).  McFann edged out his former teammate Kyle Merber (Col ’12) to win the event.

Entry Update: Due to a typo in the original meet results, we reported an error in Princeton’s Dre Nelson’s preliminary 60m dash time. Nelson actually ran a 6.89 in the preliminaries of the 60m dash, not a 6.79 as previously reported.  We apologize for the error.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Columbia’s Rob Napolitano and Princeton’s Ben Gaylord both won events at the Columbia Invitational on Saturday night with marks that currently place them fourth in the conference standings.  Napolitano won the 1,000m in a 2:25.84 and Gaylord won the pole vault in 16-0 3/4.

Female Athlete of the Week:

Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino helped her distance medley relay squad (with Dana Giordano, Jennifer Meech, and Megan Krumpoch) secure a strong finish at the Penn State National Challenge on Friday night due to her strong 1600m split.  According to New Balance Chicago athlete Alex Harrison, D’Agostino received the baton in 5th place and passed three other teams to finish in 2nd place with a 11:02.21 (Harrison was able to follow a subscription live-feed of the event through Flotrack, a cost that I’m not willing to pay at this time).  There were no official splits recorded but it is believed that D’Agostino ran a 4:32 for her 1600m.  The 11:02.21 time is the second fastest women’s DMR mark in the conference indoor history and currently is the 4th fastest time in the nation.

Columbia’s Marvellous Iheukwumere ran the 3rd fastest indoor 200m time in conference history on Saturday night at the Columbia Invitational, running a 24.17 to win the event.  Right now, she looks on track to win her third-consecutive indoor 200m crown at Heps.

Female Rookie of the Week:

Another Harvard duo will share the Rookie award this week based on their performances at the Harvard Invitational (I guess having one of the top ranked incoming classes in the nation is helpful for this kind of award) – Jackie Modesett ran a 8.58 in the 60 hurdles preliminaries, tying the 9th fastest 60m hurdle time in conference history, and Nikki Okwelogu threw 48-3 1/2 in the shot put that currently leads the conference standings.

Weekend Results:

Brown at the URI Coaches Co-Ed Tribute

Columbia, Penn, and Princeton at the Columbia Invitational

Cornell hosting the Robert Kane Invitational

Dartmouth hosting the Dartmouth Indoor Classic

Dartmouth and Princeton at the PSU National Invitational

Harvard hosting the Harvard Invitational

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