Outdoor ’16 Athletes of the Fortnight #4

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Hopefully you didn’t think we forgot to award our Athletes of the Week?  Once again, we are doing joint awards to summarize what has happened to the last two weeks.

Male Athletes of the Week:

Week of 4/10 – Penn senior Sam Mattis has continued to throw the discus at distances that are among the furthest in the nation.  His winning throw at the Virginia Quad Meet – 213-08 – is his second best finish so far this year and would fall as the #2 distance in the country this season.  Mattis still leads the country with his season debut mark of 221-03. The mark is also a new meet and stadium record.

Week of 4/17 – In Rudy Winkler’s season debut, he won the hammer throw competition at the Bison Outdoor Classic with a new 7-foot personal best of 237-05.  The Cornell sophomore moves to the #2 position in the Ivy League record book and #2 in the NCAA for the event.  Carrington Akosa set two new personal bests at the Princeton Outdoor Invitational en route to winning the 100m and 200m.  The Princeton sophomore’s 100m time of 10.67 is the best in the conference to date while the 200m time of 21.36 is the fastest wind-legal time in the conference to date.

Female Athletes of the Week:

Week of 4/10 – Harvard junior Nikki Okwelogu set two new conference leading marks at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational on April 8th.  She won the shot put with a distance of 56-00 ½, followed by a win in the discus with a new collegiate best of 179-05.  The discus mark improves her #2 all-time standing in the Ivy League record books.  As of April 21st, Okwelogu sits at #8 in the NCAA in the shot put and #20 in the NCAA in the discus throw.  Her teammate Autumne Franklin set a new personal best in the 400m hurdles of 56.19 as she won the event at same meet as Okwelogu.  The time is now #2 in Ivy League history and puts her at #5 in the NCAA list as of April 21st.  Franklin was also a member of two second place relays – the 4×100 and 4×400 – at the meet.

Week of 4/17 – Cornell senior Udeme Akpaete was a part of three event wins at the Bison Outdoor Classic last weekend.  Her individual win in the 400m was done in a conference leading time of 54.38.  Meanwhile, she ran the anchor leg of the victorious 4×400 relay (3:52.38) and was the second leg of the winning 4×100 relay (45.91).

Male Rookie of the Week:

Princeton rookie Adam Kelly continues to improve his hammer performance at the collegiate weight.  Over the last two weekend, he has improved his personal best by 6 feet.  He won the Sam Howell Invitational on April 8th with a distance of 217-09.  Last weekend, he won the Princeton Outdoor Invitational with 218-05.  He is now the sixth best hammer throw in conference history.

Female Rookies of the Week:

Week of 4/10 – Columbia rookie Libby Kokes earned her first collegiate win at the Virginia Quad Meet, where she won the 1,500m in 4:23.37.  The time is a 2.6 second personal best and ranks her fifth in the conference to date.  Her win was one of two for the Lady Lions at the meet.

Week of 4/17 – Penn rookie Nicole Macco set a new outdoor best of 12-06 at the Chester Quarry Classic last weekend en route to winning the pole vault.  She was the only athlete to make it over 12 feet in the competition.  It was her second outdoor win this collegiate season.  Her new best ranks her third in the conference standings.

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