If you put down an early season national top five, you’ve earned HepsTrack weekly honors. That means three runners — Dartmouth senior Helen Schlautenhaufen (Lake Forest, Ill.), Harvard senior Jade Miller (Temecula, Calif.) and her sophomore teammate Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.) — are sharing. Schlautenhaufen won the 1,500-meter run at the Raleigh Relays in a speedy 4:18.25, which is No. 1 nationally, a second better than Villanova’s Angel Piccirillo, who is second. Miller posted a national No. 2 in the 400-meter hurdles (57.20) at the Miami Hurricane Collegiate Invitational and ran a leg on the Crimson’s 4×4 (3:42.12). Thomas won the 100-meter dash at that same event in 11.34 (fifth nationally) against sprinters from Florida, Clemson and Virginia.
Dartmouth freshman Cha’Mia Rothwell (Durham, N.C.) opened her collegiate outdoor career in her home state at the Webb & Davidson Kickoff in High Point, N.C., and did something of historical significance. She posted a 13.69 in the 100-meter hurdles, a mark surpassed by just three women in League history. Those three are Princeton’s Nicole Harrison, Harvard’s Autumne Franklin and Crimson Olympian Brenda Taylor.
Yale senior James Randon (New Canaan, Conn.) — the MVP at Indoor Heps — made an early-season statement by winning the 1,500-meter run at the Raleigh Relays with a tremendous kick. Sitting fourth at the bell, Randon blazed a final lap 56.7 to finish in 3:42.33, which is the top time in the nation.
Yale freshman Vincent Vaughns (Sparr, Fla.) broke the Bulldogs’ 100-meter dash record (10.55) in the first race of his college outdoor career at the Point Loma Nazarene Invitational in California. It should be noted that former NFL defensive back Don Martin, who ran at Yale in the early 1970s, had conversion superior 100 yard times. Vaughns also handled a leg on the team’s 4×1 that clocked 41.03.
Perhaps the strangest stellar performance of the week came from Dartmouth alum Chris Zablocki, who ran an indoor marathon world record of 2:21:47 this weekend at the Armory in New York City. Yes, that was more than 200 laps on a banked track. He gathered $1,000 for the victory and a $5,000 bonus for breaking the world record (by eight seconds!). “In my head I heard the crowd cheering me on and I was able to make the most of it,” said Zablocki.