Indoor ’15 Athletes of the Week #6

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Female Athletes of the Week:

The photo of Harvard’s Danielle Barbian shown above was taken after she first set the conference record in the 60m dash, en route to winning that event at Indoor Heps last year.  This past weekend, she officially broke the record for the second time in her career.  She ran a 7.41 at the Crimson Elite Meet on Friday night, breaking her former record of 7.44 (note: while she did run 7.44 at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open in January, it was at altitude so it technically converts to 7.46 at sea-level).   Barbian also ran a 7.47 in the preliminary round, so the record was bound for resetting.

Meanwhile, it was only a matter of time before her teammate Nikki Okwelogu would get the indoor shot put record.  She’s improved steadily over the course of this indoor season, and at the Crimson Elite Meet, she threw a new personal best and conference record of 53-09 1/4, a little over four inches further than the previous mark set by Deborah St. Phard of Princeton in 1987 (53-05).  Coming into this year, Okwelogu was ranked 7th best in conference history with a personal best of 50-02 3/4, and she had thrown that at Indoor Heps to win the shot put title.

Male Athlete of the Week:

Before this weekend, Princeton’s Adam Bragg had yet to clear a height this indoor season as he “no heighted” at the Tiger Open and Armory Track Invitational.  But on Saturday, he rebounded with vengeance as he not only won the pole vault at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, he set a new conference mark and personal best of 17-09.  The mark is a little over an inch higher than the previous conference mark (17-07 3/4, set by Harvard’s Nico Weiler at Indoor Heps 2013), over 6 inches better than Bragg’s previous indoor best (17-02 3/4, tied for 6th best in conference history) and one-half inch better than his outdoor best (17-08 1/2).  En route to claiming the title, Bragg  bested some of his main competition at Indoor Heps – Cornell’s Grant Sisserson and Keith Rayburn.  Bragg attempted to become the first Ivy Leaguer to clear 18-0 during the indoor season at 5.51 meters (18-0 3/4) but did not quite make it.  Perhaps at Indoor Heps?

Female Rookie of the Week:

Brown’s Michelle Bazile had a great meet at the URI Coaches vs Domestic Violence Tribute Invitational on Saturday, as she won both the shot put and weight throw events.  She won the shot put with a throw of 43-08 1/2, almost 5 inches better than second place Katja Neves of URI.  Meanwhile, she won the weight throw with a new personal best of 54-05 1/4, beating out her teammate (also a freshman) Josie Natrasevschi by less than an inch (53-04 1/2).  Bazile’s weight throw mark puts her 4th in the conference event ranking.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Dartmouth’s Ben Colello won two individual events at the Dartmouth Classic on Saturday.  He set a new season’s best in the 200m with his winning time of 22.66 (converted to 22.27 for conference rankings).  Earlier in the meet, Colello also won the 60m hurdles in 8.34, edging out teammates Alex Frye and Daniel Katz who had run faster times in the preliminary rounds than Colello.  Colello currently ranks 13th in the 200m and 10th in the hurdles in the conference listings.

photo by Kevin Morris

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