Outdoor Athletes of the Week #6


This past weekend was the last weekend that all of the Ivies will be in contention until Outdoor Heps on May 10th and 11th in New Haven, Conn.  Will we see you there?  If so, let us know.  And now, our athletes of the week.

Male Athletes of the Week:

A total of three athletes will be sharing the award this week after they each won an event at the Penn Relays. Senior Maalik Reynolds won his second College Men High Jump Championship title, clearing 7-02 1/2.  Reynolds also won the event when he was a freshman back in 2011.  Sophomore Thomas Awad won the Olympic Development Men Mile run by running his first ever sub-4 time, 3:58.34 – the second fastest outdoor mile time in conference history.  But it was Yale sophomore Kevin Dooney who was the first Ivy male to win a watch this past weekend by winning the College Men 5,000m Championship title.  His winning time of 13:59.38 is a new Yale record and outdoor personal best.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Cornell freshman Grant Sisserson is so close to breaking into the Heps Outdoor Pole Vault recordbooks.  At the Penn Relays, Sisserson cleared 17-01 to set a new Pole Vault Eastern event record en route to setting a new personal best and conference-leading mark.  The height needed to enter the Outdoor Heps recordbook? 17-02 1/4.

Female Athlete of the Week:

Princeton sophomore Julia Ratcliffe made a great Penn Relays debut on Thursday.  Not only did she continue her dominance in the hammer throw on the East Coast by winning the event, she won it with the third-farthest throw in Championship history – 222-03.

Female Rookies of the Week:

We will be honoring two freshman this week.  As we previously shared on Wednesday, Penn freshman Noel Jancewicz won the Penn Relays Heptathlon with a new personal best of 5,035 points. Jancewicz is the 3rd Penn athlete to win this event in Penn Relays history.  At the UCSD Triton Invitational, Harvard freshman Nikki Okwelogu broke the school record in the discus, finishing 7th overall in the competition with a throw of 167-09.  In doing so, Okwelogu jumped from 9th to 6th best discus thrower in conference history.

Weekend Results:

Penn Relays

Brown hosted the Brown Springtime Open

Cornell hosted the Big Red Invitational

Dartmouth at the UNH Wildcat Invitational II

Harvard at the UCSD Triton Invitational

Harvard at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational

Princeton at the TCNJ Lions Invitational

Yale hosted the Yale Springtime Invitational

photo by Kim Spir

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