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Wow. Princeton junior Austin Hollimon (Decatur, Ga.) produced the most stunning of a series of stunning marks from the Tigers at the Armory’s NYRR Saturday Night at the Races. His winning 400-meter dash time of 46.47 was two seconds clear of the field and the fourth-best in the nation this winter. It was also the second-fastest indoor 400m in Heps history, just .13 behind Erison Hurtault’s 46.34 in 2007. Hollimon wasn’t done. He also anchored the Tigers to a winning 3:11.63 time in the 4×400-meter relay, breaking the school record and placing third all-time in Heps’ history. Princeton claimed the team title on Saturday as well.

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)
Jan. 23 — Marty Evans (Yale)
Jan. 30 — Austin Hollimon (Princeton)

Dartmouth’s Jalil Bishop (Twinsburg, Ohio) had a sensational 200-400 double over the weekend at the Terrier Classic at Boston University, recording top-five times in the League in each event. His 22.03 in the 200-meter dash is the second-fastest overall, although three other freshmen are within .12 of his time! His 49.38 in the 400-meter dash is fifth overall and tops among first years.

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)
Jan. 23 — John Spooney (Brown)
Jan. 30 — Jalil Bishop (Dartmouth)

Things have gotten kinda tough for the selection committee. And when times get tough, the selection committee wilts, naming three women as this week’s top athletes — Columbia junior Sharay Hale (Detroit, Mich.), Cornell junior Melissa Hewitt (Brampton, Ont.) and Princeton senior Ashley Higginson (Colts Neck, N.J.). Hale was a second faster than any collegian in an elite 400-meter field at the Penn State National Invitational, winning in 53.77, a time that is ninth nationally. She also ran a personal-best 24.15 in the 200, the second-fastest time in League history. Hewitt simply dominated at the New York Road Runners’ Saturday Night at the Races held in the NYC Armory. She won the 60- (7.46) and 200-meter dashes (24.55) as well as the long jump (18-10 1/2) as the Big Red held off Princeton and Villanova for the team title. Her 60m time is one-hundredth of a second behind Jeomi Maduka’s all-time Heps record. Higginson put down a remarkable 3k time at the Armory, winning in 9:14.47. That is the sixth fastest time in the nation this winter and has been bettered, indoor or outdoor, by only four Ivy Leaguers — Jenny Stricker, Lynn Jennings, Kate O’Neil and Cack Ferrell.

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)
Jan. 23 — Kate Grace (Yale)
Jan. 30 — Sharay Hale (Columbia), Melissa Hewitt (Cornell) & Ashley Higginson (Princeton)

Columbia’s Tara Richmond (Long Beach, Calif.) has taken honors for the second straight week, clearing 1.75 (5-10 1/2) in the high jump and bounding 11.92 (39-1 1/4) in the triple jump at the Penn State National Invitational. The high-jump mark places her in the League’s top 10 all-time, but it came with a lot of suspense. She missed twice at 5-8 3/4 before clearing and then missed her first try at 5-10 1/2. Richmond is now tied for 15th nationally in the event.

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 — Marvellous Iheukwumere (Columbia)
Jan. 23 — Tara Richmond (Columbia) & Monica Adler (Dartmouth)
Jan. 30 — Tara Richmond (Columbia)

And for the stat-minded among us:
Princeton, Cornell and Columbia at the NYRR Saturday Night at the Races (New York, N.Y.)
Brown and Yale at the Boston Indoor Games (Roxbury, Mass.)
Dartmouth at the Terrier Classic (Boston, Mass.)
Penn at the Wesley A. Brown Invitational (Annapolis, Md.)
Harvard and Dartmouth at the Harvard Multi-Meet (Cambridge, Mass.)
Columbia at the Metropolitan Championships (New York, N.Y.)
Updated Heps Performance Lists


Female Athlete of the Week
Princeton senior Thanithia Billings (Carrollton, Ga.) opened the 2010-11 campaign with a stunning performance, breaking the all-time Heptagonals record with a weight throw toss of 19.21 meters (63-0 1/4) at the Princeton New Year Invitational. A six-foot personal best for the 2010 Indoor Heps champion in the event, it broke the 2005 Heps record of Cornell’s Sheeba Ibidunni (62-10). As if that performance wasn’t enough, Billings also won the shot put with a best toss of 46-11 3/4. Thanithia wrote us about the experience — “I was really shocked truthfully. I’d been throwing around 60 all week in practice, and that was my goal for the meet. My first two throws were right at 60, but I felt like I wasn’t being aggressive. So, I decided to up my speed a little, and when I released it, I knew it was going far but not that far. It was literally the best feeling when I heard the mark. It makes all the hard work worth it.”

Female Rookies of the Week
A pair of outstanding high school 800-meter runners — Harvard’s Alaina Murphy (Seymour, Wis.) and Princeton’s Kristin Smoot (Bernardsville, N.J.) — share the rookie award after strong collegiate debuts. Murphy — a Wisconsin state 800m champion — moved to the mile at the Harvard Open and finished second overall out of 65 runners (5:02.86) while Smoot — who ran a 2:10.8 anchor on a 4×8 at the New Balance Nationals this summer — won the 600-meter run in 1:35.08 at the Princeton New Year Invitational on Saturday.

Male Athletes of the Week
Harvard junior Darcy Wilson (Stratford, Ont.) and Princeton junior Austin Hollimon (Decatur, Ga.) share the final weekly award of 2010 following superb performances in large multi-team invitationals at home. Wilson ran the fastest time of 92 runners in six sections at the Harvard Open on Saturday, finishing in 4:17.21, while Hollimon — a former Heps champion sprinter — broke his own school record in the 300-meter dash at the Princeton New Year Invitational with a time of 33.68, two-tenths faster than his previous mark.

Male Rookie of the Week
Princeton’s Tom Hopkins (Haverford, Pa.) had a pair of close seconds in his collegiate debut at the Princeton New Year Invitational in Jadwin Gym. He posted a long jump of 23-6 1/4, two inches behind rookie teammate Damon McLean, and ran 33.82 for 300 meters. That time was superior to the previous Princeton school record, but teammate Austin Hollimon ran a bit faster for the win. Anyone who has seen Hopkins run wouldn’t be surprised. As a high schooler he clocked 10.65 in the 100 and 21.56 in the 200 while long jumping 23-9.

Alumni News
HepsTrack has dutifully covered the triple-jumping exploits of Muhammad Halim at the Cornell Relays last week (including this video by Aaron Gadson), but we have one more nugget of information. That’s because the Virgin Islands Daily News has featured Halim in recent days and the 2008 Cornell graduate said of breaking the Barton Hall record:

“I’ve been trying to get that record ever since I went to school there. Doing it with my old track coach and some other alumni there made it extra special. That’s why I went there. It was sort of a reunion for all the Cornell track and field guys, but I wanted that record.”

Mascot News
HepsTrack has determined that the Princeton Tiger got the best of the UConn Husky in this exchange: