2016-17 Indoor Awards #6

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MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Cornell senior Rudy Winkler (Sand Lake, N.Y.) put Conor McCullough’s league weight throw record to bed at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State on Friday. His record toss of 23.32 meters (76-6 1/4) came in the third round, but he had four throws beyond 73 feet in an exceptional series. Keep in mind, only five throwers in the nation have thrown 73 feet this year! Meanwhile, Penn senior Chris Hatler (Sparta, N.J.) came within a half-second of sharing the honor with Winkler as he was close to a sub-4 mile at the Armory Invitational on Saturday. His closing 29.5 lap left him with a 4:00.50.

MEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK

An individual and a foursome take this award. Yale rookie Vincent Vaughns (Sparr, Fla.) — who holds five records at Phillips Exeter — won the 60-meter dash on the home track at Coxe Cage during the Geigengack Invitational. His 6.90 clocking is the best time by an Ivy freshman this season. His HYP 22.04 is also the best rookie 200-meter time. An all-freshmen 4×400-meter relay squad of Ben Fields (Tulsa, Okla.), Vanzel Burnett (Davie, Fla.), James Norris (Cleveland, Ohio) and Andy Snyder (Camp Hill, Pa.) led the Cornell Big Red to a title in the 4×400-meter relay at the Armory Invitational. Has any other freshmen foursome in league history turned in a better time than their 3:17.82? Snyder anchored in 48.70 while Burnett also dipped under 49.

WOMEN’S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Two Columbia seniors — Henna Rustami (Syosset, N.Y.) and Brittney Wade (Bethesda, Md.) — share this award after posting sensational performances on Saturday night at the Villanova Invitational, held at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Complex. Rustami posted the fifth-best 3,000-meter time (9:10.56) in Heps’ history. That mark — a 24-second PR — is also among the top 10 nationally this year. Wade put down an 800-meter run that is both a school record and among the top 10 all-time in the League as she finished in 2:06.49, a three-second indoor personal best. Another noteworthy performance this week came from Harvard senior Jade Miller (Temecula, Calif.), who posted fast times in the 400 (54.39) and 60 hurdles (8.55) while running a leg on a 4×4 that posted the League’s top time in 2017 (3:39.50).

WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE WEEK

A pair of Penn freshmen — Breanne Bygrave (Raleigh, N.C.) and Mikayla Schneider (Villanova, Pa.) — earned rookie honors with stellar showings at the Villanova Invitational in Staten Island. Yeah, Philly needs an indoor track! Bygrave won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.40, which is a Ocean Breeze facility record and the second-fastest time in Ivy history. Only Olympian Brenda Taylor of Harvard has been faster. Schneider ran one of the nation’s top 10 freshman times in the 800-meter run (2:08.02) and should be in the mix in a hotly-contested four-lapper at Indoor Heps. Another great rookie performance came from Cornell’s Claire Kao (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), who cleared 3.91 meters (12-10) in the pole vault, which matches the 10th-best in League history.

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