2016-17 Indoor Awards #7



Yale senior Frances Schmiede (Pymble, Australia) ran the mile in just 4:34.54 at Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational, which was second among collegians (by just .05 seconds). But in Ivy League history only two milers — Dartmouth grad Abbey D’Agostino and Harvard alum Darlene Beckford — have done that faster. Schmiede had recently set an all-time Ivy mark in the 1,000-meter run. Honorable Mentions: Penn junior Taylor McCorkle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ran wild at the Fastrack National Invitation at Ocean Breeze on Friday, winning both the 60- and 200-meter dashes. Her 7.42 in the 60 is now No. 3 on the Ivy charts while her 24.19 in the 200 is ninth. Brown junior Natalie Schudrowitz (Milwaukee, Wis.) finished the 3,000-meter run at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., in 9:11.61, which has been bettered by just five Heps runners in history,


Harvard first-year Judy Pendergast (Naperville, Ill.) is on a fast track. She took on a strong 5,000-meter field at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and finished second in 15:52.64, the best time in the League this year by more than a minute. It is also the sixth-fastest time in Heps history. It is worth noting that seven-time NCAA Champion Abbey D’Agostino did not break 16 minutes in the indoor 5k until her junior year! Honorable Mention: Penn freshman Maura Kimmel (West Sunbury, Pa.) once again the Quakers’ shot put record, but this time moved into the League top 10 with a mark of 15.19 meters (49-10) at the Fastrack National Invitation at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island.


Yale graduate Kate Grace (Nike) took second in the Women’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday, but it was her time that was a head-turner. Her 4:22.93 is the fourth-fastest indoor time ever run by an American and was more than a second faster than any Ivy League had posted. The old mark of 4:24.14 was held by Princeton grad Lynn Jennings, who posted it in 1990.


Two athletes — Penn senior Chris Hatler (Sparta, N.J.) and Princeton junior August Kiles (Mill Valley, Calif.) — share this award after historic weekend performances. Hatler joined the League’s sub-four mile club at the Millrose Games at the Armory in Manhattan just a week after a near miss. His time of 3:59.21 is now No. 10 on the all-time Ivy list. Kiles on the other hand, cleared 17-9 1/4 to win the Fastrack National Invitation pole vault at the Ocean Breeze Complex. That is now No. 2 all-time in the League. Honorable mentions: Brown junior Tosin Oyewole (Elkridge, Md.) didn’t just shave more than a second off his personal best in the 400-meter dash (a League-best 47.47) at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, he also anchored the League’s swiftest 4×4 of the season (3:13.50). Princeton junior Carrington Akosa (Baltimore, Md.) moved into the Ivy League’s all-time top five in the 200-meter dash, running 21.39 at the Valentine Invitational at Boston University.


Columbia freshman Daniel Igbokwe (Chelmsford, England) won the triple jump at the Fastrack National Invitation at Ocean Breeze with a school-record leap of 15.12 meters (49-7 1/4), which is also the top Heps rookie mark this season. The Lions have never had a Heps’ triple jump champion on the men’s side, but in 1952 Columbia’s George Shaw won the NCAA title.


Dartmouth graduate Ben True (Saucony) raced past Olympian Ryan Hill on the homestretch to win the Paavo Nurmi Two-Mile Run in 8:11.33 at the Millrose Games at the Armory. Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz was also in the race, which was designed to give runners a shot at the American Record. True came up just four seconds shy of Galen Rupp’s all-time mark. Honorable mention: Columbia alum Kyle Merber’s (Hoka NJ NY) bid to become the first runner to ever win both the High School and Wanamaker Miles at the Millrose Games came up just short, but he did run his indoor personal best by several seconds (3:54.67).

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