Female Rookie of the Week:
Dartmouth freshman Bridget O’Neill has earned two individual wins at two meets since our last AOTW reporting. Back in December, she earned her first collegiate win by winning the 1000m race at the Jay Carisella Invtiational in Boston, Mass with a time of 2:58.61. Her individual win helped the Big Green women finish second in the team competition behind host Northeastern. She earned a second win this past Sunday at the Dartmouth Relays, where she won the mile in 5:06.95. Both Dartmouth squads claimed the team titles at their home meet on Sunday, besting a number of New England and Canadian college squads, including conference competitor Harvard.
Female Athlete of the Week:
Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu had quite the season debut at the Dartmouth Relays by setting a new personal best in the indoor shot put. Her best mark of the day, 50-03 ½, placed her as the top collegian and second overall to Becky O’Brien. The mark not only tops the conference, but it is also a new school record and betters her 7th-best all-time slot in the indoor conference recordbooks. Okwelogu was one of seven field eventers competing for the Harvard women at the meet, where the group finished 4th in the team standings.
Male Athletes and Rookies of the Week:
Ok, we’re combing in this one this week as this relay foursome of Bradley Paternostro, Luke Brahm (in photo above), Garrett O’Toole and Noah Kauppila (in photo above with baton) put up some great racing at Penn State while helping out their team for a home dual meet.
At the Penn State Indoor Relays, these four men ran both the distance medley and the 4×800 relays, where they had some great battles with the strong middle distance runners from Penn State. First up in the 4×800, with the order of Brahm (1:53), Kauppila (1:52), O’Toole (1:50), and Paternostro (1:49), kept in contact with Penn State through the first two legs until the Nittany Lions pulled away during the third leg. Both Princeton and Penn State bettered the previous meet record of 7:31.17, but Penn State emerged victorious with a time of 7:22.10 to Princeton’s 7:25.07. The Tigers should not be too disappointed though – their time is the 5th best in conference history.
Less than two hours later, the foursome returned to compete in the distance medley relay. Once again, they battled Penn State (who returned three athletes from the 4×800 to the DMR) throughout the race. Paternostro gained the lead at the end of his 1,200m leg, and O’Toole and Kauppila (the two freshmen of the squad) held their own in their 400m and 800m legs, but Penn State regained the lead in the final lap of the 800m leg. Brahm fought back and with 300m to go, Brahm passed Penn State and went on to win the event for the Tigers with a final time of 10:01.03. Princeton’s time is currently the second best in the country, behind Tennessee’s 10:00.45 set on the same day.
Oh, and all four of these guys competed at their annual dual meet with Navy – Paternostro (800m – 1:53.57) and O’Toole (1km – 2:26.71) claimed individual wins, Brahm was the runner up in the mile (4:13.92), while Kauppila was on the winning DMR squad with Paternostro. Princeton won the dual meet, 94 to 86.
Other weekend results
Cornell hosted the Southern Tier Collegiate Invitational
Dartmouth hosted Harvard at the Dartmouth Relays – Dartmouth won both men and women competitions; Harvard placed 4th in both competitions
Dartmouth at the Jay Carisella Invitational (December 2014) – Dartmouth finished 2nd in both the men and women competitions
Princeton men hosted Navy – Princeton won, 94-86
Princeton men at the Penn State Indoor Relays
Princeton women hosted St. Joseph’s and St. John’s – Princeton won, 145 to St John’s 114 and St. Joseph’s 65.
Photo by Craig Houtz