Due to my schedule these last two weeks and the weather, I had not been able to keep up with the Athletes of the Week recognition. Today, I will make up for it by providing two sets of awards – one for the week of 1/17, and another for the week of 1/24; each of them will be based on that particular weekend’s results. Twice the awards, twice the love.
Male Athlete of the Week
Week of 1/17/16: At the PSU Nittany Lion Challenge, James Gowan and Max Hairston had great season debuts. Gowan won the 800m in 1:50.14 to win by almost 2 seconds. The time was the fourth fastest 800m time of the weekend nationally according to USTFCCCA, and the second fastest 800m time ever for Gowans (his personal best is 1:49.78 that he ran last year). Hairston was the top collegian in the hurdle event, finishing second overall in a conference-leading 8.01 seconds. He also ran 48.9 seconds on his leg of Cornell’s 4×400 relay. The team won their heat in 3:15.10, ultimately coming 2nd overall at the meet. The time currently sits at the top of the conference rankings.
Week of 1/24/16: Another Cornellian will be taking home this award – Mark Tedder had his season debut at Cornell Indoor Update Challenge, winning the 3,000m event by almost 11 seconds in 8:13.75. The time is a new personal best for him and it sits as the best time in the conference so far this season.
Female Athlete of the Week
Week of 1/17/16: Natalie Schudrowitz won the only event for Brown at the Battle for Beantown Challenge in Boston. She won the mile in 4:50.45, besting the field by over 7 seconds. This was her first indoor race of the season. The Brown women finished 4th in the team standings at the end of the meet.
Week of 1/24/16: She might be a rookie, but she’s making her name known in Ivy League history and in the national rankings. Gabrielle Thomas broke into the Ivy League record book three times during her Rod McCravy Memorial competition last weekend – her 60m preliminary time of 7.44 is the second fastest in conference history (tying her with two other athletes); her winning 200m time of 23.44 is the fastest in conference history; and she ran the opening leg (53.9) of the 4×400 relay team that ran the #3 fastest time in conference history (3:38.02). On top of that, her 200m time ranks her #6 in the country and the 4×400 time sits as #11 in the country.
Male Rookie of the Week
Week of 1/17/16: Harvard rookie Ian West won his first collegiate pole vault event at the Battle for Beantown Challenge, clearing a season’s best height of 15-09. The clearance is the seventh best in the conference this year.
Week of 1/24/16: Both Adam Kelly and Myles Marshall had performances that sit them atop of their events in the conference rankings. Kelly won the weight throw at the Tiger Open on Sunday with a distance of 66-04 1/4 – a new season’s best for the Princeton rookie. Marshall ran his first collegiate indoor 800m at the Rod McCravy Memorial where he ran 1:49.35 – a new Harvard school record and what was the eighth fastest indoor 800m of the weekend (according to USTFCCCA).
Female Rookie of the Week
Week of 1/17/16: We honor the throwers this time. Penn rookie Rachel Wilson may never have thrown the weight prior to college, but she has really gotten the hang of the event. At the Lehigh Angry Birds Invitational, she set a new school record in the weight throw with a 55-02 toss, a little over 6 inches better than the previous record. She finished second in the event, helping the team finish second overall in the team scoring. Her performance is the third best so far this season. Further north, rookie Amelia Ali helped the Dartmouth women win their tri-meet against Maine and Vermont by winning both the shot put and weight throw events. She won the shot put with a mark of 38-07 (2 feet better than the competition) and the weight throw with a mark of 52-01 (4 feet better than the competition).
Week of 1/24/16: see Gabrielle Thomas under the Female Athlete of the Week for 1/24/16.
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