Outdoor Athletes of the Week #2


The outdoor season is quite young, but the athletes seem to think it’s ok to go ahead and redefine what makes it into the record books or claim their spot in the regional/national rankings.  It’s not a bad thing – just pleasant surprises when I catch up on the results.

Male Athletes of the Week
Cornell junior Rob Robbins threw one of the best marks in both conference history and in the nation at the Texas Relays.  On his last throw of the javelin competition, Robbins threw a new personal best and Cornell school record of 246-06.  He finished as the top collegian and second overall.  The mark is the 3rd best in conference history and currently sits at #3 in the NCAA.

Penn sophomore Thomas Awad became the second Quaker to break the 14:00 minute barrier in the outdoor 5,000m run.  He won the event in 13:48.90 at Raleigh Relays, edging out his competition by only 0.37 seconds.  The performance is currently ranks #1 in the NCAA and is a new Penn school record.

Female Athletes of the Week
Instead of heading back home to compete at the New Zealand national championships, Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe opted to stay in New Jersey this past weekend.  Regardless of where she threw, she dominated the hammer throw, throwing a NCAA-leading mark of 217-09 (66.39 meters) at Monmouth Season Opener.  While it’s easily surpasses the Commonwealth Games B Standard of 209-11 3/4 (64.00 meters), she is less than 6 inches off of the A Standard of 218-02 1/4 (66.50 meters).

Cornell senior Rachel Sorna wasted little time to set the top mark in the nation (!) for the steeplechase.  At the UCR Spring Break Invitational — despite 85-degree conditions mid-day — she easily won the steeplechase in 10:05.43 (to share how much she dominated, second place was her teammate Corey Dowe, who was 42 second back).  Sorna’s performance currently ranks her No. 1 in the NCAA. We originally posted she was No. 2, but the only faster collegian is at an NAIA school in Canada.

Male Rookie of the Week
Cornell freshman Grant Sisserson is currently the only freshman to top a conference ranking right now.  At the Texas Relays, he finished 17th in the pole vault with a 16-0 ¾ clearance.

Female Rookie of the Week
Brown freshman Ellie Gravitte won the javelin at the Raleigh Relays with a distance of 148-03.  The mark places her 2nd in the conference right now, but it should be noted that she bested the current conference leader Kelsey Hay of Penn at this particular meet.

Honorable Mentions:

Cornell’s relay squads must have a goal of trying to rewrite the Ivy League record books.  Both the men’s and women’s relays have set some fast marks in this young season that have broken into the top 10 in each event.  The breakdown is below:

  • Cornell’s men 4×100, 40.15 at Texas Relays (Justin McCollin, Larry Gibson, Bruno Hortelano-Roig, Kinsley Ojukwu) – 4th fastest in conference history. Later DQed in final
  • Cornell’s men 4×400, 3:07.98 at Texas Relays (Larry Gibson, Max Hairston, Kinsley Ojukwu, Bruno Hortelano-Roig) 3rd in Men’s 1600m Relay University Event, 5th fastest in conference history
  • Cornell’s women 4×100, 45.82 at UCR Spring Break Invitational (Anjelique Parnell, Zena Kolliesuah, Ebolutalese Airewele, Katie Woodford) 3rd in event, 3rd in conference history
  • Cornell’s women 4×400, 3:39.74 at UCR Spring Break Invitational (Zena Kolliesuah, Ebolutalese Airewele, elyse Wilkinson, Udeme Akpaete), won event, 10th in conference history


Weekend Results:

Brown & Penn at the Raleigh Relays
Columbia & Cornell at the Texas Relays
Cornell at the UCR Spring Break Invitational
Harvard at the Tufts Snowflake Classic
Princeton women at the Monmouth Season Opener

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