Awards

Best in the Region

Best in the Region

As athletes make their way to Eugene this week for the NCAA Championships, USTFCCCA announced their regional athletes and coaches of the 2017 outdoor track & field season.  A total of seven members of HepsNation – three athletes and four coaches – were recognized as being the best in either the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic regions […]


Harvard, Harris, Winkler Honored With Regional Awards

Harvard, Harris, Winkler Honored With Regional Awards

USTFCCCA announced the Division 1 Regional Award winners for the 2017 indoor track & field season today.  The Harvard women’s team swept the Northeast awards – sophomore Gabrielle Thomas for track, freshman Zoe Hughes for field, Jason Saretsky for head coach, and Kebba Tolbert for assistant coach – while Cornell senior Rudy Winkler was named the […]


2015-16 Alumni of the Year

2015-16 Alumni of the Year

The year 2016 has been really kind to our alumni honorees this year. Bruno Hortelano (Cornell ’14) has become a national celebrity in Spain this year.  He kept breaking the national records and all-time Heps records in the 100m and 200m throughout the spring and summer months.  He has clocked out at 10.12 in the […]


2015-16 Field Men of the Year

2015-16 Field Men of the Year

Cornell’s Rudy Winkler has improved immensely since us dubbing him our Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 seasons.  He continues to throw far – in many instances, further than any other Ivy Leaguer has ever done.  He claimed his first conference record this past spring by breaking the conference mark of 242-10 (set by […]


2015-16 Field Woman of the Year

2015-16 Field Woman of the Year

Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu may have shared this honor last year, but she stands alone with it this time around.  She continued to dominate the shot put in the Ivy League, winning that event at both the Indoor and Outdoor Heps Championships.  She won a third Heps title with the discus throw at Outdoor Heps in […]


2015-16 Track Men of the Year

2015-16 Track Men of the Year

Seniors Thomas Awad (Penn) and Ben Rainero (Cornell) have shared the distance spotlight throughout the year, and it may as well end with them sharing this award.  They both had stellar senior year campaigns.  Awad earned two All-American honors this past year – a 14th place finish at NCAA Cross Country Championships, and a 3rd place finish […]


2015-16 Track Woman of the Year

2015-16 Track Woman of the Year

Autumne Franklin made her senior year one to remember, for herself, for Harvard, and for the Ivy League. As a former hurdler myself, I know personally how it is a challenge to be successful across three different hurdling distances – the indoor 60m to the outdoor 100m and 400m – let alone defending your conference […]


2015-16 Rookie Man of the Year

Adam Kelly entered the Ivy ranks in the midst of a hammer throw high period.  More Ivy throwers are surpassing the 200 foot mark in the hammer throw (a total of four this season) and making a statement on the national scene.  Kelly is one of those four throwers as he has easily adapted to […]


2015-16 Rookie Woman of the Year

2015-16 Rookie Woman of the Year

Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas demonstrated as early as her first indoor track race that she will be a force to reckon with, not only in the Ivy League, but also the national scene.  She dominated the sprinting scene on the conference level, winning five individual events and was a member of two winning relays across the […]


Looking Back at 2015-16 season

Looking Back at 2015-16 season

Before we return to our indoor season, we need to look back for a little bit.  These next few days, we will be sharing some of the highlights and announcing our Athletes of the Year from the 2015 to 2016 cross country/track and field seasons.  Shouldn’t we have done this sooner?  Sure, we should have, […]


XC16 Runners of the Week #1

XC16 Runners of the Week #1

MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK Yale junior Hale Ross (Washington, D.C.) led the Bulldogs to a team victory at the Fordham Fiasco, finishing the five-mile course in 25:02.61. That time was a significant improvement on his personal best and the second-place finish in the seven-team race was easily his best ever. As a team, the […]


USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams

USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams

Last week, USTFCCCA announced their annual All-Academic individuals and teams for the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.  All eight Ivy League schools were selected as All-Academic teams, while a total of eighty-two student-athletes were given individual honors. For the individual honor, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 […]


Williams Contending for NCAA Woman of the Year

Williams Contending for NCAA Woman of the Year

Brown graduate O’Sha Williams may be done of the collegiate competition circuit, but she continues to be recognized with collegiate honors. It was announced today that Williams is one of five Ivy League student-athletes in contention for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.  The NCAA Woman of the Year honor is selected based on […]


Academic Honors All Around

Academic Honors All Around

We got some smart kids, no question about that.  This week had announcements of both conference and national academic honors, and a number of them were awarded to HepsNation athletes. Three HepsNation graduates were awarded Capital One Division 1 Academic All-American honors through the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. To be eligible for Academic […]


Wrapping Up The Indoor Season

Wrapping Up The Indoor Season

The 2015-16 indoor track & field season ended on a high note for HepsNation yesterday, as the Ivy League participants earned a total of 5 First-Team All-American honors over the course of the two day NCAA Indoor Championships in Alabama.  HepsNation alumni also wrapped up competition at the USATF Indoor Championships in Oregon yesterday. First […]


First-Team for Smith & Three to NCAA Finals

First-Team for Smith & Three to NCAA Finals

HepsNation qualified three athletes to their Saturday night finals and got our first First-Team All-American of the meet. Harvard sophomore Courtney Smith earned her first All-American accolades with her eighth place finish in the women’s 5,000m final in 16:04.86.  Smith stayed near the back of the large pack for the first third of the race. […]


Top of the XC Class

Top of the XC Class

  USTFCCCA announced their 2015 cross country scholar athletes and teams this past Friday, and like always, there was quite a bit of Ivy League representation on those lists.  Nine men and twelve women won individual scholar athlete awards while 14 of the 16 Ivy League teams were given the distinction of All-Academic Teams. It […]


2014-15 Track Man of the Year

2014-15 Track Man of the Year

Thomas Awad (East Norwich, N.Y.) had quite a junior year, both on the track and on the grass.  There had been a lot of talent coming through the Ivy League gates these last few years in the long distance events – if I tried to list all of those men, I’d feel bad if I accidentally missed […]


2014-15 Track Women of the Year

2014-15 Track Women of the Year

Throughout the 2015 track seasons, Harvard senior Danielle Barbian and Cornell junior Udeme Akpaete had numerous duels to determine who is the Queen of the Ivy Sprints. Barbian (Sussex, Wis.) is a short sprint specialist.  She dominated the indoor 60m dash, resetting her own conference record multiple times this season until she hit her fastest time […]


2014-15 Field Man of the Year

2014-15 Field Man of the Year

Going into the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Penn junior Sam Mattis (East Brunswick, NJ) wasn’t in the discussion or form charts of possibly winning or placing in the top 8 in the discus throw final.  Those track and field “experts” were soon proven wrong though as Mattis kept unleashing 200+ foot throws, ultimately settling into second place […]


2014-15 Field Women of the Year

2014-15 Field Women of the Year

Nikki Okwelogu (Fresno, CA) really blossomed during the 2015 indoor and outdoor field seasons. Going into her sophomore season, her personal best in the indoor shot put was 50-02 ¾, the seventh best in conference history. It didn’t take that long for her to improve her mark and historical standing as she did so in her […]


2014-15 Rookies of the Year

2014-15 Rookies of the Year

Sometimes it’s hard to adjust to collegiate competition when you’re a freshmen.  Maybe it wasn’t as difficult for these three rookies. Brown’s Josie Natrasevschi (Fort Collins, CO) wasted little time during the outdoor season to show the conference that she’s a conference and regional contender in the discus throw.  She reset the conference record in the discus […]


2014-15 Scholar Athlete Honors

2014-15 Scholar Athlete Honors

Penn’s Sam Mattis has ended his junior year with a second national honor.  USTFCCCA has honored Mattis as the Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2014 – 15 athletic seasons, as the junior finished the year with a 3.43 cumulative GPA in finance in addition to winning his first ever NCAA title in […]


Best in the Region

Best in the Region

Four HepsNation representatives were honored by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with regional accolades yesterday. Penn’s Thomas Awad and Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu were given the honors of being the best athletes in their respective regions.  Awad was honored as the Mid-Atlantic Male Track Athlete of the Year for having […]