2016 Indoor Athletes of the Week #2

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Male Athletes of the Week:

Princeton’s Noah Kauppila set a new personal best in the 1,000m as he led Princeton in a 1-2-3 sweep at the Princeton-Navy dual meet on Saturday.  Kauppila won the event in 2:25.67, which was the fastest 1,000m time in the nation from this past weekend according to USTFCCCA.  In addition, he was the lead-off runner of the winning 4×800 team (7:48.15 – 7th fastest in the nation for the weekend).  Princeton won the dual meet by 10 points over former Heps rival Navy.

Cornell’s Tobenna Attah (shown above) also was involved with two meet wins this past weekend.  At the Cornell Southern Tier Collegiate Open, Attah had to hold off a speedy Harvard freshman to get the win in the 500m in 1:04.25, the second fastest time in the conference so far this season and eighth fastest time of the weekend nationally.  He was also a member of the winning 4×400 relay team (3:20.79).

Female Athletes of the Week:

Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Whitehorn has continued her undefeated senior indoor season – she won both the 60m (7.55) and high jump (5-08 1/2) at the Dartmouth Relays on  Sunday.  Whitehorn is the defending Indoor Heps high jump champ and is a previous Outdoor Heps 100m champion.  She currently has the best dash time in the conference (7.47) while she is currently ranked #2 in the high jump conference rankings.

Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski laid down another conference leading mark in a running event.  She won the 500m in 1:12.05 at the Princeton Triangular Meet.  That mark sits as the #5 fastest 500m in conference history and was the second fastest 500m time of the weekend behind BYU’s Shea Collinsworth (1:11.91), according to USTFCCCA.  She leads the conference in the 1,000m (2:48.56) and is the defending Indoor Heps 800m champion.  So what will she be running at Indoor Heps?

Male Rookie of the Week:

Princeton rookie Jeremy Spiezio ran one of the fastest mile times in the nation this past weekend.  At the Princeton-Navy Dual meet, Spiezio finished third overall with a time of 4:11.31.  This time was the seventh fastest mark of the weekend, but on top of that, it ranks him 11th nationally and as the second fastest freshman in the nation.

Female Rookie of the Week: 

Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas has finally broken into the Ivy League record books.  At the Cornell Southern Tier Collegiate Open on Friday, she won the 60m dash in 7.54 seconds, which ties her at the #10 position in the event (interestingly enough, with Penn sophomore Taylor McCorkle who ran 7.54 last year).  In addition, Thomas won the 200m dash in 24.68 on the flat Barton Hall track, beating the 2014-15 Track Woman of the Year Udeme Akpate of Cornell.  Thomas’ 200m time is the 10th fastest time from the weekend, according to USTFCCCA.  We expect a rematch come Indoor Heps on that track, provided that both women are entered and they both stay healthy.

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