2016 Indoor Athletes of the Week #5

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We had quite a few changes to the record books from this past weekend’s competition.  In addition, we have a few rookies who are providing enough evidence to keep them in contention for our upcoming Indoor Heps discussion on favorites for individual titles.

Male Athlete of the Week:

Cornell junior Austin Jamerson set a new personal best in the heptathlon that ranks him #2 in Ivy League history and #12 in the nation.  His 5,654 point performance was a result of four new personal bests.  He finished second in the event at the PSU National meet behind Stanford’s Harrison Williams – whose 5,690 points ranks him seventh nationally.

Female Athlete of the Week:

At the annual H-Y-P tri-meet at the new Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility, Princeton junior Allison Harris set a new personal best in the pole vault of 13-05 ¼ – a mark that ties her for the second best clearance in conference history.  This is her third meet this season where she cleared 13-feet, while her previous vaulting best was from her rookie outdoor season (12-11 1/2).  She’s currently only 1 inch away from the Ivy League record.  Harris also finished second in the hurdles in 8.78 at the tri-meet, helping the Lady Tigers to win the meet.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Zach Menchaca of Cornell was a part of three event wins at the Robert Kane Invitational.  He won two individual events: the 60m in a new season’s best time of 6.84 (which is good for #2 in the conference rankings), and the 200m in 21.76 (when converted from flat to banked track time equivalent – 21.38 – it’s ranks him #1 in the conference).  In addition, he rank the anchor leg of the winning 4×400 relay, which ran an overall time of 3:26.31.

Female Rookies of the Week:

The women’s weight throw is one of the few events this year where there is going to be a battle among multiple freshmen for the Indoor Heps title.  Leena Morris and Rachel Wilson currently sit 1-2 in the conference rankings and these ladies have been steadily improving throughout the indoor season.  It will be interesting to see how these ladies will fare in their first Indoor Heps championship later this month.

Cornell rookie Morris won the weight throw at the Robert Kane Invitational on her final throw, where she set a new personal best of 57-10 ½.  The mark is currently the best in the conference.  She also finished second in the shot put with a distance of 43-04 1/2 at the meet.

Penn rookie Wilson broke the school record in this event for the second time this year, bringing her personal best to 56-06 1/2.  She won the event at the Wesley A Brown Invitational by over six feet with this effort.

photo by Noel Valero

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