Another weekend of competition, and another round of updating the record books. A second conference record has been broken, other athletes have improved their all-time standings, and some freshmen are showing how they can be conference contenders at their first Outdoor Heps (which is less than one month away – let us know if you’re going to join us). The weekend recap is below.
Female Athlete of the Week:
We knew this was going to happen at some point this Spring – Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe set a new personal best at the Princeton quad meet with Monmouth, St. John’s, and Vermont on Saturday. A new personal best for Ratcliffe in the hammer means the following – a new Princeton school record, a new Ivy League conference record, AND a new New Zealand national record. The new mark – 228-04, is just over 2 1/2 feet farther than her previous personal best. This distance is the best hammer performance in the nation right now AND 16th best hammer performance in NCAA history. The Princeton women finished 2nd in the quad meet behind Monmouth, 81.5 to 66.5, and ahead of St. John’s (38) and Vermont (21).
Female Rookie of the Week:
We look to the main rivalry meet of the weekend to this rookie. Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu‘s double win in the shot put (47-00 3/4) and discus throw (158-08) helped the Harvard women win their 7th consecutive win in the annual Harvard-Yale dual, 87-53.
Male Athlete of the Week:
Cornell junior Rob Robbins is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA javelin scene. At the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic on Saturday, Robbins reset his Cornell school record in this event to win the javelin in 248-11 1/2. The distance still keeps Robbins as the 3rd best javelin thrower in conference history, but he’s currently the 2nd best thrower in the nation.
Male Rookie of the Week:
Cornell freshman Grant Sisserson continues to rule the top of the Ivy League pole vault lists this outdoor season. He’s set a new outdoor personal best of 16-04 3/4 en route to winning the event at the George Mason Invitational on Saturday.
Brown hosts the Brown Invitational
Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Penn at the George Mason Invitational
Cornell at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic
Dartmouth at the UNH Wildcat Invitational
Harvard-Yale (men: Harvard 104, Yale 34; women: Harvard 87, Yale 53)
Princeton Quad (men: Monmouth 76, Princeton 73, Vermont 39, Rutgers 8; women: Monmouth 81.5, Princeton 66.5, St. John’s 38, Vermont 21)
Penn at Texas Invitational