I know we are starting to repeat ourselves, but these performances are just good. It was hard to pick the best of the best ones as there were many great performances. An additional perk of these performances – we get a better idea of possible match ups at Outdoor Heps. Speaking of Outdoor Heps, are you coming to Philly?
Male Rookie of the Week:
Dartmouth ‘s Colin Minor covered a lot of miles this past weekend. On Friday, he was down at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational where he won the hammer throw with a new personal best of 199-00 (second best mark in the conference listing). He then traveled almost 300 miles northeast to Lowell, Massachusetts overnight to participate in the University of Massachusetts – Lowell George Davis Invitational, where he showed his consistency in the event as he won in 192-09 in windy conditions. At Lowell, he led a 1-2-3 Big Green finish in the hammer.
Male Athletes of the Week:
Two men will be sharing the prize this week, as these are the two men who made changes to the record books. Penn’s Thomas Awad showed off his wheels again at the Larry Ellis Invitational as he ran a speedy 3:40.68 in the 1500m to finish 2nd behind Villanova’s Jordan Williamsz (3:39.53). When converted to a mile-equivalent time (1.079 ratio), Awad’s time of 3:58.11 is consistent with his 2014 Penn Relays mile time of 3:58.34. It is unlikely that Awad will race another individual 1500m (unless it is at Outdoor Heps), but that kind of closing speed at the end of a 5000m or 10km can be deadly to his opponents.
Cornell’s Rudy Winkler improved his personal best in the hammer throw by over 2 feet at the Cornell Outdoor Upstate Challenge on Saturday. He won the event on his first throw, but he reached the new PR of 216-04 on his fifth throw of the competition. This two-foot PR moves Winkler does not change his position in the all-time record books (5th best), but he is now ranked 14th in the country (his previous best of 214-03 would rank him 21st in the current rankings).
Female Athlete of the Week:
It only took Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu two outdoor meets this season before she grabbed the outdoor shot put record. At the Virginia Challenge, Okwelogu won the event with a new personal best of 55-00 3/4, breaking the former conference record set by Brown’s Amber Knighten back in 2001 (54-07 1/4). Okwelogu broke the mark on her second throw of the competition, but she did not win the event until the final throw of North Carolina’s Sarah Howard (who has a season’s best of 55-09 that is ranked 5th in the country) did not beat Okwelogu’s best mark. Okwelogu is now ranked 8th in the country.
Female Rookie of the Week:
Brown’s rookie Natalie Schrudowitz is lingering on the outside of the top-10 all-time in the steeplechase. At the Virginia Challenge, she finished 5th in the event (7 seconds back of Yale’s Kira Garry, who finished in 4th) with a new personal best time of 10:18.18. In order to make it into the top-10, Schrudowitz needs to surpass 10:16.38. We have a feeling that she could do that by the end of the season, as she will have great competition at both Outdoor Heps and NCAA Preliminary Round (see below for more).
Other performances of note from this past weekend:
photo by Doug Austin