Indoor Athletes of the Week #5


Male Athletes of the Week:

This time around, we’ll be honoring two relays and one individual in this event, as they made some of the biggest impacts in the record books while also finishing quite well in their respective events.

The Columbia Distance Medley Relay squad of senior Brendon Fish, junior Corey Hammond, senior Connor Claflin, and frosh Spencer Haik finished 5th in the elite event at the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday night.  Their time of 9:35.02 ties them for the 5th fastest time in conference history and ranks them 10th in the country.  Flotrack interviewed the foursome after their race, where they finished as the top collegian team in the event where a world record was set by Team USA.

Up in Boston, Brown’s 4x400m relay squad of junior Ryan Kelly, sophomore Ben Ostrowski, frosh Zack Emrich, frosh Tosin Oyewole finished second overall in the event at the BU Terrier Invitational in a speedy 3:11.57.  The time places this squad as the fifth fastest in indoor conference history

Brown’s Ned Willig had a great season debut at the Terrier Invitational on Saturday.  He won the 1,000m event in 2:21.60, overtaking unattached runner Joe Gioielli in the last 150 meters to claim the win by 0.06 seconds.  The time is a new personal best for Willig, which jumps him up in the record books from 10th to 5th best performance in conference history.  Flotrack also managed to interview Willig after the race.

Female Athlete of the Week:

Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano is one of the top women in the conference in the long distance events, and her win in the BU Terrier Invitational 3,000m event presents further evidence towards this fact.  She dominated the event with a 9:07.28, besting the runner-up of Katie Matthews (BAA) by almost 8 seconds.  The time not only ranks Giordano 3rd in the country, but also 3rd in our conference record books behind her former teammate Abbey D’Agostino and Harvard’s Jenny Stricker, the only women in conference history who have broken 9 minutes in the event

Female Rookie of the Week:

Penn freshman Candace Taylor did make it into the record book on Friday afternoon.  At the Armory Track Invitational, she ran a 1:12.72 in the fastest/elite heat of the 500m, which helped her finish 4th overall in the event.  That time did place her 10th in conference history… for less than 24 hours.  She got bumped out of the top-10 by Harvard sophomore Jade Miller, who ran a 1:12.71 up in Boston to claim that 10th fastest spot from Taylor.  As a result, Taylor has the 11th fastest mark in conference history for the 500m.

Best Race of the Week:

We have to give a shout out to the Armory Track Invitational meet organizers for putting up a great race on Saturday… in the Team Mascot 60m Dash.  Even the webcast announcers declared this race to be the highlight of the meet. You have to watch the entire clip in order to understand how amazing this event was, ranging from the competition to commentating.  We won’t spoil it. 😉

  photo from Brown Athletics

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