Outdoor ’15 Athletes of the Week #1

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Hope you all had your April Fools fun, as it’s time to honor some “more serious” accolades on our athletes as we look back on the last two weekends of competition.

Female Rookie of the Week:
It’s a freshman’s dream to make the recordbooks in their first year on the college scene. Brown’s Josie Natrasevschi accomplished that and more in her first collegiate meet. At the Raleigh Relays, Natrasevschi threw 176-05 in the discus on her final throw in the competition to not only win the event, but also set a new meet record AND conference record.  Tim Springfield, Director of Brown’s track and field/cross country program, said it best in the Brown Athletics meet recap: “I’m kind of speechless… Having a freshman come to her first collegiate discus competition, at a major invitational, in cold and wet conditions, and win the event is remarkable enough. To set the all-time Ivy League record as well is truly phenomenal. Just an amazing performance.”

Female Athletes of the Week:
Cornell’s Eve Bishop set a new outdoor best in the pole vault at the UC Riverside Spring Classic Invitational last week. She finished in second place with 12-11 ½, which she cleared on her second attempt. The mark has allowed Bishop to enter the outdoor recordbooks, where she is in a tie for the 9th best all-time performance with Princeton’s Jessica Kloss (2009) and Allison Harris. Bishop’s finish helped Cornell win the team title

Harvard’s Danielle Barbian ran some early fast times for the sprints at the Texas Relays: 11.46 in the 100m, and 24.15 in the 200m. Unfortunately, both times are considered “wind-aided” as the 100m time had a tailwind of 3.7 meters per seconds, while the 200m had a huge 4.6 m/s tailwind. While we don’t have a formal listing of “best wind-aided performances in Ivy history”, I suspect the 100m time would be up there. Still, her 100m time got her a 4th place finish in the 100m Invitational final. She did compete in the preliminary round of the College Women 100m, where she missed qualifying for the finals by 0.01 seconds.

Alumna of the Week:
We did not get a chance to share this in our weekend recap, but we need to tell you about Alexi Pappas’ (Dartmouth ’13) win at the 2015 Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago on Sunday. She won her first ever 8-km race in 26:32, where she got the distinct honor of wearing Bib #1 and being the featured elite female athlete. The win comes two weeks after her 5th place finish at the USATF 15km National Championship at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Fla.

Male Rookies of the Week:
Gabe Arcaro led a Princeton 1-2-5-8 finish in the hammer throw at the Disney Track and Field Open two weekends ago. Arcaro won the event with a throw of 181-09. This sweep was one of many done by the Princeton Tigers at that meet, where they easily won the team title. The mark currently ranks him second the conference behind another freshman – Dartmouth’s Colin Minor (194-10).

Yale’s Paedyn Gomes was a part of two wins at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Invitational in San Diego, Calif. – an individual title in the 110 hurdles (14.52) and as a part of the 4×100 relay (41.68) with Torren Peebles, Marc-Andre Alexandre, and Dylan Hurley. Gomes won the hurdles by more than half of a second over Navy’s Malcolm White, Jr. His efforts were recognized by the ECAC as their Division 1 New England Rookie of the Week back on March 25th

Male Athlete of the Week:
Princeton thrower Chris Cook had a great season debut at the Disney Track and Field Open. He scored 18 points for the team (acting as the team high scorer) by winning the shot put (57-06) and finishing as the runner up in the discus throw (156-09). Cook actually led a near perfect scoring sweep in the shot put, as Pricneton went 1-2-3-4-7-8 in the event, claiming 32 of the potential 39 points in the event. Cook was also entered in the 4×100 relay as a part of an all-throwers team, but unfortunately, they did not start the race. Princeton ended up winning the overall team title by 37 points.

Alumni of the Week:
Evan Weinstock (Brown ’14) might not have any NCAA eligibility left, but he is not letting the decathlon go. Last week, he won the decathlon at the Texas Relays in a new personal best of 7,557 points (164 points better than his collegiate best). The performance is currently ranked #3 in the IAAF decathlon event rankings. However, if Weinstock wants to qualify for USATF Nationals in June, he will need to get another personal best that is over 7,800 points.

Another Ivy alumnus is in the IAAF rankings. Maalik Reynolds (Penn ’14) is currently in a tie for 5th place in the high jump on the IAAF rankings with his winning height from the Philadelphia Classic, 7-04 ½. The height qualifies Reynolds for USATF Nationals.  We believe that Reynolds will improve his seeding as he has previously cleared heights higher than 7-05 while still at Penn.

photo by Doug Austin

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