Indoor Athletes of the Week #7


Only two weeks to go until Indoor Heps, and for many athletes, this was their last weekend of competition before the conference championship.

Male Athlete of the Week:
At the Spire Division 1 Invitational, Cornellian Bruno Hortelano-Roig blazed to a new indoor conference record of 20.84 on the oversized (300m) track. That time currently places Hortelano-Roig in a tie for 8th fastest time in the nation. If Hortelano-Roig wants to post a faster 200m time to secure his bid for NCAAs (top 16 will get the first bids), next weekend will be his final chance as Indoor Heps does not have a 200m event for the men this year and the NCAA qualifying window closes on March 2nd. Later in the meet, he teamed up with Larry Gibson, Max Hairston, and Hong Cho in the 4×400 to run 3:10.14, the 2nd fastest indoor relay time in conference history. The 4×400 relay squad finished 4th at the meet behind Pittsburgh, Illinois, and Notre Dame.

Male Rookie of the Week:
Yale frosh Marc-Andre Alexander set a new tri-meet record at the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet on Saturday. His winning 400m time of 48.01, which was also the only event won by an Eli man that day, bested the previous mark of 48.21 set in 2012 by Princeton’s Tom Hopkins. Alexander also led the Yale 4×400 relay team of Mario Kranjac, Dylan Hurley, and William Rowe to a 2nd place finish in 3:15.61. The Yale men (26) lost to both Princeton (89) and Harvard (54) in the overall team standings.

Female Athlete of the Week:
Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino has done it again: she’s not only broken another Ivy League record, but at the Millrose Games on Saturday afternoon, she ran the 4th fastest indoor 3,000m time in NCAA history. D’Agostino ran 8:51.91 and finished 4th in the elite race. She was in contention for 2nd place for the majority of the race as she had a rematch with the last woman who had beaten her on the collegiate level: Betsy Saina. However, Saina had the better kick and secured 2nd place on the bell lap. D’Agostino was edged out for 3rd place by Italian Margherita Magnani. This is the 3rd event that D’Agostino has posted the fastest time in the NCAA this season.  D’Agostino was recognized as USTFCCCA Division 1 Female Athlete of the Week for this performance.

Female Rookie of the Week:
Harvard frosh Nikki Owelogu has finally broken into the top 10 all-time listing in the indoor shot put. Her winning throw at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet of 49-3 ½ ranks her 9th all-time in the conference. She had been slowly improving throughout the season, with her best performances from these last few weeks lingering outside of the top-10. Owelogu helped the Crimson women win the tri-meet, Harvard 69, Princeton 48.50, Yale 41.50.


Weekend Results:

Brown hosting the Brown Invitational
Columbia and Penn at the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games 
Cornell at the Spire Division 1 Invitational 
Cornell at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational 
Dartmouth at the Scarlet and White Invitational 
Harvard and Princeton at Yale
Millrose Games

photo by Brian Panoff

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