Outdoor Athletes of the Week #4


 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.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Columbia senior Marvellous Iheukwumere set a new 100m personal best of 11.68 at the George Mason Invitational, helping the Columbia women win the overall team title at the meet.  Her time ties for the 3rd fastest in conference history.
  • Brown sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor won the discus throw at the Brown Invitational on Saturday with a 165-04 throw.  The mark improves her current standing as the 7th best all-time performer in this event.
  • Penn sophomore Kelsey Kay set a new school record in the javelin throw at the George Mason Invitational.  Her throw 160-00 won the event and is the 3rd best throw in conference history.
  • Princeton senior Damon McLean reset his school record in the triple jump at the Princeton quad meet.  His winning jump of 52-10 1/4 is the 6th best outdoor mark in conference history and ranks him 4th in the NCAA right now.
  • Princeton senior Imani Oliver also set a school record on Saturday at the Princeton quad meet.  Her triple jump winning distance of 42-04 1/4 is the 7th best distance in outdoor conference history and the 11th best mark in the NCAA.

Weekend Results:

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

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