2016-17 Indoor Awards #5

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WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Two sprinters — Harvard sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.) and Columbia junior Akua Obeng-Akrofi (Lawrenceville, Ga.) — share the award after impressive pre-Heps showings at the Columbia East-West Challenge at the Armory on Saturday night. Thomas took the League’s 200-meter dash record all the way down to 23.01 by defeating Olympian and NCAA Champion Ariana Washington of Oregon. No one in Heps history has been within a half-second of that mark. Obeng-Akrofi, meanwhile, put down a historically fast 400-meter time of 54.04, just missing out of being the seventh Leaguer to dip under 54 indoors. Another noteworthy performance from the weekend was Yale’s Frances Schmiede breaking the league record with a 2:44.10 clocking in the seldom-contested 1,000-meter run.

WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK

Two Leaguers — Penn’s Breanne Bygrave (Raleigh, N.C.) and Harvard’s Simi Fajemisin (Oxford, U.K.) — showed that they will challenge for a conference title at Indoor Heps in February. Bygrave — who took on a 60-meter hurdles final against five PAC-12 athletes at the Columbia East-West Challenge Friday — clocked in at 8.47, which is fifth in League history. She did run a 8.37 at the New Balance Nationals as a high school senior. Fajemisin posted an Ivy best triple jump of 12.55 meters (41-2 1/4) the following night at the Armory and then leapt more than 19 feet in the long jump at the HYP meet in New Haven, Conn., on Sunday.

MEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Harvard sophomore Myles Marshall (Kingwood, Texas) overcame a major disappointment to shine, all in a single weekend, while Princeton sophomore Adam Kelly (Barrington, R.I.) did nothing but shine. Marshall was running in a competitive 800-meter dash at the Armory on Saturday night when he was one of four runners who fell hard to the track when legs got tangled. He rebounded within 24 hours by winning the 500-meter dash at the HYP meet in New Haven in 1:02.10, the No. 6 time in League history. At that same meet Kelly pushed his career best in the weight throw to 21.87 meters (71-9), which is sixth nationally. He won the event by nearly 13 feet!

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Dartmouth’s Henry Raymond (Fort Collins, Colo.) — who won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the Colorado State Championships last May — could be the League’s next sub-4 miler. Raymond ran 4:02.49, the fastest time in the League this winter, at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational in Boston, Mass., this weekend. It was his collegiate debut in the mile run.

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