MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
This week’s winner — Cornell sophomore Zach Menchaca (The Colony, Texas) — welcomed his foes from Achilles Club (combined Oxford and Cambridge squads) before dashing past them in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at Franklin Field in a series that dates back to 1921. Menchaca — last year’s Heps 100m champ — ran 10.80 for the 100 victory and 21.39 for the 200 against the Brits.
Princeton rookie Joey Daniels (Kitchener, Ont.) didn’t run a wind-legal time this weekend at the Texas Invitational, but his 14.04 clocking in the 110-meter hurdles put the League on notice that he is healthy and ready to run fast. That time, if legal, would have been in the Heps’ all-time top 10. The week before Heps, Daniels is scheduled to face an outstanding lineup in the high hurdles at the Penn Relays.
The Penn-Cornell showdown with Oxford-Cambridge left two sprinters — Penn junior Taylor McCorkle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Cornell senior Adrian Jones (Bloomfield, Conn.) — sharing victories and, thus, the athlete of the week award with Harvard sophomore Gabby Thomas (Florence, Mass.). McCorkle narrowly beat Jones, 11.67 to 11.71, in the 100, but Jones returned the favor in the 200 in an even closer fashion, 23.81 to 23.83. Thomas, on the other hand, just continued her amazing season at Mount Sac, where she turned in a 11.43 and 22.64. She beat veteran Olympians English Gardner and Natasha Hastings in the 200. We are going to have a very fast Heps in store at Yale.
Harvard first-year Zoe Hughes (Hornchurch, U.K.) was so good last week at the Mount Sac Relays in California, she posted a top-10 all-time performance within a top-10 performance. Her heptathlon score of 5,444 points is now No. 4 all-time in Heps history, but she also posted a 13.78 in the 100-meter high hurdles, which is also among the top 10 all-time. Also of note were her high-point yields in both the long jump (19-8) and 200-meter dash (25.91).