Outdoor Athletes of the Week #3



The track and field world is definitely heating up.  Just take a look at some of these performances from this past weekend.

Female Athlete of the Week:

Columbia junior Waverly Neer shattered the Columbia school record in the 5,000m at the Stanford Invitational on Friday night, running 15:37.85 to finish 9th overall (4th collegian) in the fastest 5,000m heat of the night.  She bested a school record held by All-American Caroline Bierbaum by nearly 20 seconds.  The performance puts Neer as the 2nd best time in the outdoor 5,000m history and 4th in the NCAA this season.

Female Rookie of the Week:

Harvard’s Nikki Owelogu wasted little time in updating the all-time discus recordbooks.  She finished in 5th place at the Florida Relays discus event with a toss of 161-10, a distance that is the 9th furthest in Ivy history.

Male Athletes of the Week:

Cornell junior Stephen Mozia was a perfect 3-for-3 at the Stanford Invitational throwing events.  He won the invitational shot put, invitational discus, and collegiate hammer competitions.  His shot put throw of 63-10 ¼ is a new outdoor best, Cornell school record for the outdoor shot put, and improves his 3rd position in the all-time outdoor list.  The shot put distance is the 5th furthest so far this outdoor season in the NCAA.  His winning throws in the discus and hammer throws were 184-05 and 187-03, respectively.

But Mozia will need to keep an eye on Penn’s Sam Mattis.  Mattis bettered his own school record in the discus throw at the Sam Howell Invitational, throwing 198-06.  This throw moves Mattis into #2 all-time for the event (ahead of Mozia) and ranks him 7th in the NCAA.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Cornell freshman Grant Sisserson continues to lead the conference pole vault competition, improving his season’s best to 16-03 ¼ from his 3rd place finish at the Stanford Invitational.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Cornell’s Rachel Sorna finished as the 7th collegiate runner in the fastest 5,000m section at the Stanford Invitational, running a 15:54.31.  It’s not only a new Cornell school record, but also the 4th fastest outdoor 5,000m in conference history.  She is also currently ranked 7th in the NCAA for this event.
  • Harvard’s women 4×100 relay demolished their school record that they set less than 2 weeks ago.  The quartet of Ashley Collinsworth, Sylvia Deppen, Autumne Franklin, and Danielle Barbian finished 23rd at the Florida Relays by running a time of 45.84 , the 3rd fastest time in conference history.
  • Cornell’s women 4×400 of Zena Kolliesuah, Ebolutalese Airewele, Elyse Wilkinson, and Udeme Akpaete ran a 3:37.04 at the Stanford Invitational to finish 4th overall.  The time is the 4th fastest in conference history.  Rumors have it that Akpaete ran her anchor leg in under 53 seconds, not too far off of her open 400m time of 54.00 that she ran earlier in the meet.
  • Princeton duo Chris Bendtsen and Tyler Udland made their marks in the Ivy record book at the Stanford Invitational.  The men ran the 6th (28:49.08) and 9th (28:57.25) fastest 10,000m times in conference history, besting the former Princeton school record in the process.
  • Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe threw the furthest hammer mark in the nation so far this year, 225-05, to win the event at the Sam Howell Invitational on Saturday.  The throw is just under 4 inches away from her conference record.  She’s also has met the Commonwealth Games A Standard (218-02 ¼) for the event with this throw.  The New Zealand Olympic Committee announced yesterday that Ratcliffe will be among the team representing New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held this summer.  

Weekend Results:

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and Yale at the Stanford Invitational 

Harvard at the Florida Relays 

Harvard at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational

All Ivies at the Sam Howell Invitational 

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