HepsTrack’s Weekly Award, Vol. 4

Posted: 16 January by Brett Hoover in Athletes, Columbia, Cornell, Penn
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Male Athlete & Rookie of the Week
It didn’t take long for Penn freshman Maalik Reynolds (Atlanta, Ga.) to earn his way into the Heps record book and make a splash in New York. He did so by easily winning the high jump at the New York Road Runners Saturday Night at the Races at the New York City Armory in Washington Heights. In fact, he didn’t just win, he soared over 2.21 meters (7-3), becoming the first Penn Quaker — indoor or outdoor — to ever clear that height. With that jump he became the 10th person in Heps history to clear 7-3, the fifth to manage it indoor. See the list below. When Reynolds joined the competition, the bar was at 2.00 meters (6-6 3/4) and 13 of the 17 competitors were already on the sidelines. He sailed through 2.16 (7-1) without a miss, but knocked the bar down on his first two tries at 7-3. Reynolds — who represented the U.S. at the World Juniors in Canada last summer — cleared his third attempt and moved the bar to 2.26 (7-5), a height cleared by only Tora Harris in Ivy League history (Navy’s Leo Williams has done it as well). But 7-5 will need to wait another day.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Nick Huber (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Darcy Wilson (Harvard) & Austn Hollimon (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Bob Belden (Cornell) & Russell Dinkins (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Chris Bain (Cornell) & Kinsley Ojukwu (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Tom Hopkins (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Damon McLean (Princeton)
Jan. 16 — Maalik Reynolds (Penn)

Female Athletes of the Week
Seems like everyone was after Morgan Uceny this weekend and, for their efforts, Cornell senior captain Kim Standridge (Randolph, N.J.) and Columbia junior Sharay Hale (Detroit, Mich.) have earned Athlete of the Week status. Standridge — who earned All-America accolades in the 800 last June in Eugene, Ore. — broke Uceny’s League record in the 1,000-meter run at the Nittany Lion Challenge in State College, Pa., on Saturday. Her time of 2:46.48 was four-hundredths swifter than Uceny’s 2007 mark. Meanwhile, Hale shattered the 24-year-old 500-meter dash school record of Heather Ruddock, running 1:12.49 at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Races at the Armory. It was also the closest threat to Uceny’s record in that event since she ran 1:11.72, also in 2007. Hale also anchored the Lions to an impressive victory in the 4×400-meter relay (3:45.02), handling the likes of Morgan State, UConn, Temple and Villanova. Since I will likely screw this up in the future, note that Hale’s hometown is now listed as Detroit, Mich. She moved to Milwaukee as a high schooler and became a Wisconsin state champion.

REWIND: As it turns out, Hale already has this mark, having posted a 1:11.24 last year! It doesn’t change the fact that she had a great weekend, it just means that I screwed up.

2010-11 Athlete of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Kate Grace (Yale) & Brynn Smith (Brown)
Dec. 12 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton) & Melissa Hewitt (Cornell)
Jan. 16 — Kim Standridge (Cornell) & Sharay Hale (Columbia)

Female Rookie of the Week
Make way for the pure speed of Columbia freshman Marvellous Iheukwumere (Austin, Texas) who posted the second-fastest 60-meter dash time in school history on Saturday night at the New York City Armory. Her 7.64 time was third overall. Iheukwumere — who also clocked a 25.71 in the 200m on Saturday — ran 11.77 in the 100-meter dash as a Texas high schooler. According to the Austin American-Statesman, her Nigerian last name means “a big thing has happened.”

2010-11 Rookie of the Week winners
Dec. 5 — Colby Lubman (Brown) & Gabrielle Piper (Penn)
Dec. 12 — Alaina Murphy (Harvard) & Kristin Smoot (Princeton)
Jan. 9 — Kristin Smoot (Princeton) & Katelyn Walker (Dartmouth)
Jan. 16 — Maevellous Iheukwumere (Columbia)

*Note, in respect to Maalik Reynolds’ performance, here is a list of the top performers in Heps high jump history. This is a combined list of both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

7-7, Tora Harris (Princeton, 2002)
7-6, Leo Williams (Navy, 1983)
7-4 1/4, Terrance Ferguson (Brown, 1991)
7-3 3/4, Mel Embree (Harvard, 1976)
7-3 3/4, Jay Richards (Princeton, 1993)
7-3 1/4, Charles Forlidas (Princeton, 1989)
7-3 1/4, Charles Allen (Columbia, 1979)
7-3, Dave Arundel (Brown, 2001)
7-3, Garrett Huyler (Cornell, 2009)
7-3, Maalik Reynolds (Penn, 2011)

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