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Princeton junior Carrington Akosa (Baltimore, Md.) opened his season with a statement, winning both the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the Metro Holiday Meet at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Complex on Friday. His 21.53 in the 200 wasn’t just a personal best, it was the eighth-fastest mark in League history while his 6.84 in the 60 was not far from the all-time top 10. Akosa also ran the leadoff leg of the winning 4×400-meter relay.
Penn’s Sean Clarke (Longwood, Fla.) and Dartmouth’s Hendric Tronsson (Berlin, Germany) share the award. Clarke had an impressive debut Friday at the Lehigh Invitational, clearing 4.98 meters (16-4) in the pole vault. That clearance — a personal best for the three-time Florida state champion — is already eighth on the Quakers’ all-time performance list. Tronsson also made his collegiate debut memorable, posting three 23-foot long jumps en route to a second-place finish at the BU Season Opener with a best of 7.09 meters (23-3 1/4).
Harvard sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.) and Penn junior Taylor McCorkle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) share the first award. Thomas, the All-American, likely set a Heps record in the 300-meter dash when she clocked a 38.03 at the BU Season Opener on Saturday. More than half of the Ivy schools list records in the event and no one is within a half-second of Thomas’ time. In addition, she won the 60-meter dash in 7.52. McCorkle picked up where she left off. Literally. Last year she broke the school record in the 60-meter dash at Indoor Heps with a time of 7.50. On Friday she opened the season by matching that time at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
Penn’s Shoshanna Trotman (Centerville, Ohio) and Cornell’s Brittany Stenekes (Dundas, Ont.) are the first awardees of the season. Trotman — expected to bolster an already-strong group of Heps throwers — she did not disappoint in Friday’s debut at the Lehigh Invitational. The 2016 Ohio state champion in the weight throw with a 17.21-meter heave (56-5 3/4) in her final toss. Stenekes showed herself as a Heps scoring contender, taking a narrow second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.70 at the Greg Page Invitational at Barton Hall and running a 7.73 in the flat 60 preliminaries. She did not run in the final despite qualifying.