First Athlete Honors of the 2018 Indoor Season

TFRRS Season Performance Lists

It’s not that often that all eight schools start their indoor season before the holiday break.  There were a number of stellar performances across these last two weekends, and among them are five new additions to the conference record books.  Some of these performances helped the athletes earn our first honors of the 2017-18 indoor season.

Male Athlete – Yale’s Paedyn Gomes kicked off his senior campaign with a speedy start by setting a new personal best in the 60m hurdles that breaks into the top-10 all-time lists.  The defending Heps hurdle champion clocked in at 7.94 seconds to win the event at the Yale Season Opener this past weekend, setting a new personal best by 0.03 seconds.  The time makes Gomes the 10th fastest indoor hurdler in conference history.

Male rookie – the 300m dash isn’t a Heps contested event, but Harvard freshman Jovahn Williamson clocked the fastest Ivy 300m time since 2013 .  Williamson ran 33.96 at the BU Season Opener to finish fourth in the event, breaking the school record by almost 0.5 seconds.  It was the fourth fastest 300m time in the nation for that weekend (he now sits 7th in the nation for this event).

As to how that ranks in Heps history, we’re not 100% sure as only three schools actively rank their 300m times and it has never been a Heps contested event, so there isn’t a cumulative list available.  We do know that at least three other men have gone sub-34 – Cornell’s Bruno Hortelano-Roig back in 2013, Princeton’s Austin Hollimon in 2011, and Princeton’s Tom Hopkins in 2011 – but there could be more due to “track conversions” and older meet results that are buried somewhere.  If someone wants to have some fun researching this, let us know what you find out.

Female athleteRachel Wilson has tossed her weight into the Heps champion contender pit with her season opener performance [sorry, bad puns].  At the Lehigh Season Opener, the Penn junior set a new personal best en route to winning with a distance of 19.22m/63-03 ¾.  The mark moves her up in the record book as the fourth best thrower in event history, as she was previously sat in the #7 spot.  Wilson followed up that win with a win at the Princeton New Year Invitational with a distance of 18.74m.

Female rookie – Penn has another athlete that we need to pay attention to in the throwing events – Ashley Anumba.  The rookie set a new personal best in the shot put by almost 1 meter, throwing 15.15m/49-08 ½ to win the shot put event at the Princeton New Year Invitational this past weekend.  Anumba’s high school best in this event was 14.17m/46-05 ¾.  It should be noted that Anumba was the US HS #1 in the discus throw.

Other notable performances of the last two weeks:

  • Brown junior Carly Paul got a slew of personal bests at the URI Pentathlon last week, resulting in a new overall pentathlon PR of 3,883 points to win the event. This score is the 8th bests in conference history.  Along the way, she set new lifetime bests in the 60H (9.10 seconds), high jump (1.78m/5-10), and shot put (10.08m/33-00 ¾) portions.  Her previous pentathlon best was her fourth place effort from the 2017 Indoor Heps championships, 3,618 points.
  • Princeton senior Kennedy O’Dell will be a formidable opponent for Wilson in the weight throw competition this season. O’Dell finished as the runner up to Wilson at the Princeton New Year Invitational, but she set a new personal best mark of 18.69m/61-04 that is the ninth best in conference history.
  • Harvard junior Gabrielle Thomas set a new personal best in the 300m en route to winning the event at the BU Season Opener earlier this month.  Her time of 37.47 is a new best by over 0.5 second.  She sits second nationally in this event.  She also won the 60m dash at BU with a time of 7.44, which is her fastest season opener time to date.


photo by Sam Rubin

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