Outdoor ’16 Athletes of the Week #1

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Male Athlete of the Week:

If an Ivy Leaguer has been recognized as a National Athlete of the Week, then it should go almost without saying that they will be recognized as a conference athlete of the week.  Sam Mattis (Penn) has set the bar high this early this season with his amazing discus performance at the Philadelphia College Classic.  His legal throws from the meet – 221-03, 207-07 1/4, 218-02 1/2, and 220-06 – all bested his previous personal best of 205-00 that he set as he won the NCAA title last year.  The two best throws of the meet rank him #4 and #5 all-time in NCAA history, with the 221-03 being the best ever by an American collegiate discus thrower.  Mattis currently leads the collegiate track & field scene by almost 28 feet.

Female Athletes and Rookies of the Week:

Seven of the top 10 all-time marks for the women’s 4×100 relay have been run since 2014.  We now need to add in an eighth entry as Harvard shattered the conference record with their 44.85 win at the TCU Invitational on Friday.  The lineup featured two rookies – Ngozi Musa on lead-off and Gabrielle Thomas on anchor – and two veterans – Jade Miller and Autumne Franklin.   This time is the eighth fastest mark in the country right now.  The previous conference record was set last year at Outdoor Heps by Cornell (45.21).

In addition for their contributions to the relay, Musa and Thomas have also entered the outdoor record books as individuals.  Thomas ran the fastest wind-aided time in conference history (11.38, wind +2.5 m/s) to win the open 100m event.  Musa finished sixth in the same event but in a different heat, as she ran a wind-legal 11.66 to tie the third fastest mark in conference history.

Male Rookie of the Week:

Adam Kelly was a national champion in the high school hammer throw before stepping foot on Princeton’s campus last fall.  From our research, he had a personal best of 202-03 in the college weight hammer throw implement (16 lbs) that he set in May 2015.  In his first two meets this season, he has bested that mark 6 times, finishing in 2nd place at both the USF Bulls Invitational (206-00) and UCF Black & Gold Invitational (209-10).  His new personal best distance of 209-10 places him in the Ivy League record book in a tie for the 10th best in conference history with fellow Princetonian Craig Pearce.  Kelly is also ranked in a tie for 14th place in the nation with that mark.

photo by Princeton Athletic Communications

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