Ok, time to go into more detail about what I had eluded to yesterday.
Male Athletes of the Week:
Princeton’s Michael Williams (Bellevue, Wash.) has previously won accolades due to his reliable relay legs. In 2012, he was a member of two Penn Relay Champions of America with Princeton (Distance Medley Relay and 4xMile). Last year, he led off on Princeton’s national champion distance medley relay. And now, he got his biggest individual accomplishment – he broke the 4:00-mile barrier by running 3:59.63 at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Saturday. Williams won the third mile heat in a time that surprised himself, as he expected to run around 4:05. This time is the 6th fastest indoor mile in Ivy history and 9th fastest in the nation so far.
Harvard’s Maksim Korolev (Harrisonville, Mo.) has a second indoor conference record, but this 3,000m performance was not nearly as dominant as his 5,000m record-breaking performance a few weeks ago. This time, Dartmouth’s Will Geoghegan (Brunswick, Maine) was challenging Korolev the entire race at the Boston University Valentine Invitational, going through the mile in 4:13.7, 2,000m in 5:18. It came down to the final 200m, but Korolev edged out Geoghegan for both the race win and the Ivy Record – 7:51.52 to 7:51.57. These are the 2nd and 3rd fastest 3,000m times of the indoor season so far.
Male Rookie of the Week:
Cornell frosh Grant Sisserson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) won the pole vault at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Saturday. He set a new season best of 16-6 3/4, which ranks him 2nd in the conference this week. Sisserson technically won the event at his opening height of 16-2 3/4, but opted to keep raising the bar.
Female Athlete of the Week:
Princeton’s Emily de La Bruyere (New York, N.Y.) had a great day out at State College. de La Bruyere won the mile in a new personal best (4:50.08), followed by a win in the 3k (9:39.06) at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup on Saturday. de La Bruyere was the only woman to win two individual running events at the meet, helping Princeton finish 3rd in the team standings behind host Penn State and Buffalo.
Female Rookie of the Week:
Megan Curham (Warren, N.J.) got her first major collegiate win in her college 5,000m debut. She won the 5,000m in 16:20.08 at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup. She was the only freshman who won an individual running event at this meet.
Alumni of the Week:
Kyle Merber (Columbia ’12) ran the lead-off leg of the 4×800 NY/NJ Track Club Blue relay team (1:49.68) at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, where three professional teams were making an effort to set a new indoor world record in this event. While the NY/NJ Track Club Blue squad was edged out for both the win and the world record by US All-Stars Team, 7:13.11 to 7:13.21 (previous record 7:13.94), the NY/NJ Track Club finish will be recognized as the official American 4×800 record because USATF states that all members of a record-breaking team should be from the same recognized track club. Merber also competed at the Valentine Invitational on Friday in a special heat of the 800 meters, where he races against 6 of his teammate to determine the relay racing order. Merber finished 3rd in a 1:47.94.
Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton at the Boston University Valentine Invitational
Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, and Princeton women at the Armory Collegiate Invitational
Cornell at the Ithaca Quad Meet
Penn and Princeton at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup
Yale hosted the Giegengack Invitational