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.
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