HepsTrack’s Weekly Awards, Vol. 1

Posted: 5 December by Brett Hoover in Athletes, Brown, Cornell, Penn, Yale
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Okay, yeah. We are finally doing this. So a note to all the sports information folks out there: Post your results online in a timely fashion. And thanks for Dan Grossman of Maple Leaf Photos for the images below.

Male Athlete of the Week
Cornell junior Nick Huber (Leopold, Ind.) broke the school record in the heptathlon at the Cornell Relays, posting 5,370 points along the way. Not surprisingly, Huber scored his biggest bounty in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.27 for 915 points. He had won the Outdoor Heps’ 110-meter hurdles in May in Princeton. Huber also topped 800 points in both the 60-meter dash (7.22) and the 1,000-meter run (2:45.70).

Male Rookies of the Week
Cornell had two superb rookie debuts on Saturday which left Chris Bain (Justin, Texas) and Kinsley Ojukwu (Camas, Wash.) sharing the weekly honor. Bain edged Ojukwu in the finals of the 60-meter dash at the Cornell Relays as both times, 6.79 and 6.80 respectively, moved the duo into the top 10 all-time in Heps history. In fact, only two Ivy Leaguers — Chris Lambert of Harvard (6.73) and Jordan Lester of Cornell (6.75) — have run faster than Bain, who took third at the Texas state championship in the 100 as a junior (10.52w). Ojukwu, who won several state championships as a high schooler, also triple jumped 46-11 3/4 in his collegiate debut.

Female Athletes of the Week
An All-American — Yale senior Kate Grace (Santa Monica, Calif.) — and a former Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Performer — Brown senior Brynn Smith (Saco, Maine) — share the highest weekly honor. Grace simply destroyed the field in the 1,000-meter run (2:55.53) at the Yale Lidlifter before doubling back to claim her specialty, the 800-meter run, in 2:14.99. Smith took titles in both the shot put (47-4 1/4) and weight throw (57-1 1/2) at the season-opening Alden Invitational at Brown. Those marks position her well for a stellar indoor campaign.

Female Rookies of the Week
A pair of young sprinters — Brown’s Colby Lubman (Commack, N.Y.) and Penn’s Gabrielle Piper (Marietta, Ga.) — share the rookie award after shining in their collegiate debuts. Lubman won the 300-meter dash in 41.16, besting 34 other runners, at the Alden Invitational in Providence. She was also fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.36), far off her Suffolk County record pace (7.17) as a high schooler. Piper, who led Lassiter High to a state title with two medalist performance last spring, took third in both the 60-meter dash (7.83) and hurdles (9.04) at the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa.

Alumni News
Former Brown standout Duriel Hardy won the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association Cross Country Championship on the Indiana University course in Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 13. Representing the University of Michigan, Hardy finished the eight-kilometer trek in 25:24, a full 20 seconds in front of Clemson’s Wallace Campbell. To learn more about NIRCA, please visit its website. To see FloTrack coverage of Hardy’s victory, please click here. Thanks to Madeleine Marecki for sharing this!

By the way, at the Cornell Relays over the weekend, 2008 Cornell grad and former NCAA champion Muhammad Halim set a Barton Hall record and a national record for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the triple jump with a mark of 16.70 meters (54-9 1/2). Wow!

Eagle-eyed Mary Boggs reports that Olympian Kate O’Neill of Yale has gotten hitched to a fellow former All-American (Adam Tenforde of Stanford). The bride, according to the New York Times wedding announcement, is now training for a spot at the 2012 Olympics as a marathoner.

What’s two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson of Dartmouth up to? Let him tell you:

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