2016 Indoor Athletes of the Week #7

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Our final edition of Indoor Athletes of the Week as we transition into the championship season, starting with Indoor Heps week on Monday.

Male Athletes of the Week:

Cornell’s James Gowan came into his junior season with a mile personal best of 4:04.35.  He had previously placed third in this event at the 2015 Indoor Heps championships.  Based off of Friday’s performance at the Staten Island Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility, he is now one of the favorites for the mile title next weekend.  He was officially the 459th American to run a sub-4 mile as he won the event in 3:58.24 – a facility record.  He sits #2 in the conference record book and #11 in the NCAA Division 1 mile rankings.

Brendan Sullivan is also had a huge breakthrough in his respective event this weekend.  At the BU Valentine Invitational, the Yale senior set a 4 1/2″ new personal best in the pole vault to win at a height of 17-04 1/2.  The clearance is the fifth best in conference history.

Female Athletes of the Week:

Dartmouth’s Jennifer Meech broke a school record on Friday that stood for over 30 years. The senior ran 53.97 to become the second Ivy Leaguer to break 54 seconds this season to finish sixth in the open 400m at the BU Valentine’s Invitational.  Her time is the fifth fastest in conference history and improves her personal best by almost 1 second.

Courtney Smith made a strong NCAA bid at the Husky Classic on Friday night.  The Harvard sophomore finished third in a competitive 5,000m race where knocked off over a minute from her previous all-time collegiate best – 15:46.44.  The mark is the fourth best in conference history and ranks her #8 in the NCAA.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Cornell rookie Alex Beck set two new season’s bests en route to winning his events at the Cornell Sunday Invitational.  His winning 60m time of 6.86 puts him in a tie for third in the conference listings with his teammate Brailin Paulino.  He won the 200m in 21.90.  When the flat-to-bank conversion is applied, he sits as #2 in the conference with a 21.52.

Female Rookie of the Week:

The Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility also helped out Penn’s Imani Sloan (photo – right) on Friday night.  The rookie took almost 0.5 seconds off her season’s best 200m time to finish third in the event in 24.08.  The time is a new school record, the second fastest of the year for an Ivy Leaguer, and #8 all-time in the conference record book.  She also ran a new seasonal best in the 60m (7.60 – #5 in the conference to date) and ran a leg on Penn’s 4×400 relay (3:46.26 – #3 in the conference to date).

photo from Penn TF/XC Twitter

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