Some of our awards this week were a bit of a no-brainer (at least to me), while other ones required a little deeper dive into the meet results. Many teams are going to be taking a break this upcoming week as they shift gears for the championship season – only Cornell, Penn, and Princeton are scheduled to compete next weekend – so this will be the final edition of Athletes of the Week for the 2015 outdoor season unless we discover that more teams are competing than what their schedules have indicated.
Male Athlete of the Week
Cornell’s Austin Jamerson might have only needed one day to earn his Penn Relays watch, but the decathlon is a two day affair. He led the field at the end of Day 1, and held on in Day 2 to win the event with a new personal best of 7,015 points. This score was set by earning new personal bests in five of the ten events (100m – 11.36w, 400m – 51.15, 1500m – 4:47.99, pole vault – 14-01 1/2, and discus throw – 121-06). Jamerson was also the top competing athlete in the long jump (22-08 ½, wind-aided), high jump (6-08 ¼), hurdles (15.08), pole vault, and javelin throw (146-04). The score places him second in the conference listings, while his Relays performance also places him 4th in the high jump and 10th in the long jump. Question is how many events Cornell will place him at Outdoor Heps next weekend?
Cornell’s Rudy Winkler just keeps improving and improving. At the Big Red Invitational on Sunday, he threw another personal best in the hammer throw (218-02) that easily won the event. The 5th best hammer thrower in conference history is ranked 15th in the nation and is the only Ivy athlete to throw farther than 200 feet this season. (note – while many sources state that Winkler is a freshman, he is actually in his second year at Cornell and is competing in his first outdoor season. His Cornell roster bio lists him as sophomore, so we will be sticking to that definition)
Male Rookie of the Week
Even though these rookies did not get the chance to compete at the Penn Relays, they got their chance to shine at other meets this past weekend.
Yale rookie Casey Celestin won the steeplechase at the Yale Springtime Invitational with a new personal best time of 9:38.85. This is only the second time he’s raced this event this season, and he improved his best by 25 seconds. Celestin was the only Yale man to win an event at their home invitational.
Brown rookies Michael Wyman and Matt Mahoney both won events at the Brown Springtime Invitational. Wyman claimed the 800m in a new personal best of 1:53.11, while Mahoney took the 3000m in 8:23.24.
Dartmouth rookie Kyle Dotterer managed to edge out the competition at the UMass Pre-Conference Meet to win the 5000m in 14:51.00. This is Dotterer’s second race of the outdoor season and his collegiate 5000m debut. Dotterer’s win help the Big Green to the team title.
Female Athletes of the Week
We do need to recognize our Penn Relays watch winners – Princeton’s Julia Ratcliffe and Harvard’s Paige Kouba. Ratcliffe might have had little competition at the Relays, but she still threw a new season’s best of 217-07 to win the event by almost 20 feet. The toss is the 4th best in the nation right now. Ratcliffe also won the hammer throw at the Lions Invitational with 209-01 throw. Meanwhile, Kouba needed to run a new personal best in the steeplechase in order to earn her watch. She was pushed throughout the race by a few professionals and Ivy competition (Cornell’s Claire DeVoe, Dartmouth’s Sarah Delozier, and Princeton’s Emily de La Bruyere) in the College/Olympic Development Women’s Steeplechase (both events were run concurrently). In the end, Kouba won the event with 10:26.93, a new personal best by 2 seconds.
Meanwhile, Harvard sophomore Jade Miller had an EXTREMELY busy Penn Relays. Across the three day event, she ran in every single one of the Harvard relay events – 4×100, 4×400, sprint medley, and shuttle hurdle relay events for a total of six races (she did race in the preliminary rounds of the 4×100 and 4×400). And team results were good: the 4×100 squad won the ECAC final in 46.05, the 4×400 set a new season’s best of 3:38.79 to finish 5th in the College final, the sprint medley group finished in 8th in the Championship of America event with 3:57.65, and she ran the anchor leg of the shuttle hurdle relay that finished 5th in 59.10. In her final race, she ran a 53.2 split as the anchor leg of the 4×400.
Female Rookie of the Week
Brown’s Josie Natrasevschi set a number of new personal records this past weekend. At the Penn Relays on Friday, she broke her personal best of 176-10 in the discus throw three times en route to winning the College Women Discus Throw Championship. On her first throw, she threw 177-08. Later, she threw 179-10 on her fourth throw. On her final throw, she became the first Ivy Leaguer and New England athlete to surpass the 180-ft distance with a toss of 183-08. This distance also secured her a coveted Penn Relays watch, making her the first Ivy Leaguer to win this event, Brown’s first athlete to win a title at the Penn Relays, reset her conference and regional record in the event, and the 9th best discus thrower in the nation. On Sunday, she improved her personal best in the hammer throw at the Brown Springtime Invitational to 170-04 while winning the event. The mark moves her to #4 in the conference rankings.
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