Outdoor ’16 Athletes of the Week #2

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We’re not that far along into the outdoor and we are already starting to repeat ourselves.  Don’t worry, we do have some fresh names for this week’s edition.

Female Athletes and Rookies of the Week:

Setting records must be the theme for the Harvard women’s sprinters this year, as for the second consecutive weekend, they reset multiple all-time Ivy League records.  The quartet of Ngozi Musa, Jade Miller, Autumne Franklin, and Gabrielle Thomas set TWO relay records at the Raleigh Relays – the 4×100 and the 4×200 – en route to winning both events.  The 4×100 record is now 44.56 – the 7th fastest time of the weekend from across the nation and second fastest time in the NCAA East Region.  The 4×200 is not contested that often (usually at the Penn Relays is when we need to frequently update this event) but it still doesn’t negate the fact the the Crimson quartet ran 1.5 seconds faster than the previous conference best time of 1:35.96 set by Columbia in 2014 to win the event in 1:34.35.

In addition, Thomas broke her first official individual outdoor record at the Raleigh Relays.  She ran a new all-time 200m best of 23.18 to win the event, besting Columbia’s Sharay Hale’s 23.33 from 2011.  Thomas’ time ranks her second in the NCAA East Region and qualifies her for the USA Olympic Trials in July.

Male Athlete of the Week:

For the second week in a row, Penn senior Sam Mattis was recognized as USTFCCCA’s National D1 Male Athlete of the Week.  At the Penn Challenge, Mattis won the discus throw by over 30 feet with a best distance of 202-05.  All of six of his throws (all above 195-00) were the farthest of the weekend across the country for a collegian, and now, he owns the 10 best throws in the country by a collegian.  As a result of his success from these last two weeks, Mattis has been ranked #7 by Flotrack in their Flotrack Power Rankings: Week 1 of the 2016 Outdoor Season (note – need FlotrackPro account to view the video).

Male Rookie of the Week:

Penn rookie Calvary Rogers ran some speedy sprinting times into a headwind at the Penn Challenge on Saturday.  He won the 200m dash in 21.55 – the fastest time in the conference so far this season – into a 1.0 m/s headwind.  Earlier in the day, Rogers finished as the runner up in the 100m with a time of 10.73 into a 0.1 m/s headwind – the same time as the winner Ben Sims from Army.  Considering how Rogers was edged out for the Indoor Heps 200m title by a lean, perhaps he should work on that finish a little more? 😉  The 100m time is the second fastest in the conference so far this season.  These top 2 finishes helped the Quakers win the Penn Challenge team title.

photo by Bill Shearn

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