Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Hewitt’

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


Male Athletes of the Week
Cornell junior Bob Belden (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Princeton sophomore Russell Dinkins (Philadelphia, Pa.) share the first honor of the New Year. Belden — a double throws champion at the Southern Tier Open in Ithaca, N.Y., on Friday night — bettered the IC4A qualifier in both the shot put (53-10 1/4) and the weight throw (57-6 1/2) and now has the best throws in each event in the League this winter. Dinkins became the third active Tiger to run sub-48 in the 400-meter dash at Navy on Saturday, finishing in 47.95. That quick early-season time was more than three seconds swifter than anyone else, although junior teammate Austin Hollimon got sent to the sidelines after a false start. Hollimon and Mike Eddy each broke that exclusive 48-second barrier last season.

Previous winners
Dec. 5 — Nick Huber (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Darcy Wilson (Harvard) & Austn Hollimon (Princeton)

Male Rookie of the Week
Princeton freshman Damon McLean (Kingston, Jamaica) recorded back-to-back-to-back 50-foot triple jumps to start off the New Year in a dual meet victory over the Midshipmen at the Naval Academy on Saturday. His best mark — a 15.49 meter (50-10) effort — is within nine inches of the all-time Ivy League top 10.

Previous winners
Dec. 5 — Chris Bain (Cornell) & Kinsley Ojukwu (Cornell)
Dec. 12 — Tom Hopkins (Princeton)

Female Athletes of the Week
Princeton senior Thanithia Billings (Carrollton, Ga.) and Cornell junior Melissa Hewitt (Brampton, Ont.) look poised to rack up points in field events come February. Billings broke the Heps weight throw record in the last performance of 2010 and now she is proving that her huge improvement is anything but a fluke. At Saturday’s quad-meet with Rutgers, St. John’s and St. Joseph’s at Jadwin Gym, Billings easily won both the shot put (49-1 3/4) and weight throw (62-0 1/4). If she could sweep those events at Indoor Heps, she’d be the first Tiger female to do so. Hewitt opened the year with a big leap, kicking up sand at 19-7 in the long jump at the Southern Tier Open at Barton Hall in Ithaca. Easily topping the ECAC qualifying standard in the long jump, Hewitt also tried the triple jump for the first time in her career and posted an impressive debut effort of 37-5.

Previous winners
Dec. 5 — Kate Grace (Yale) & Brynn Smith (Brown)
Dec. 12 — Thanithia Billings (Princeton)

Female Rookies of the Week
A pair of freshmen — Princeton’s Kristin Smoot (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Dartmouth’s Katelyn Walker (Shaker Heights, Ohio) — share the first weekly honor of 2011. Smoot is now in the top five all-time at Princeton in the 1,000-meter run after crossing the line first in 2:53.57 at a quad-meet hosted by the Tigers. She has now turned in great debut performances in both the 600 and 1,000 this year and will likely look to compete for a Heps title in the 800. Walker finished second (out of 39 competitors) in the mile run at the Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, with a sub-five showing (4:59.52).

Previous winners
Dec. 5 — Colby Lubman (Brown) & Gabrielle Piper (Penn)
Dec. 12 — Alaina Murphy (Harvard) & Kristin Smoot (Princeton)

Make Way For The Defenders

Posted: 3 December by Brett Hoover in Athletes

Last year, 46 different Ivy League athletes won individual titles at Indoor and Outdoor Heps and as the 2010-11 season kicks off this weekend, 32 of them will be suiting up with the intention of defending their personal titles.

Eleven of those returning champions won more than a single title, led by Cornell junior Melissa Hewitt who took home four crowns a year ago. Three others — Princeton’s Ashley Higginson and Columbia’s Sharay Hale and Kyra Caldwell — claimed a trio of titles.

Additional multiple winners returning to Heps this year are Donn Cabral (Princeton), Kate Grace (Yale), Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell), Kyle Merber (Columbia), Monique Roberts (Columbia), Priscilla Trojano (Dartmouth) and Tory Worthen (Princeton).

Hewitt is scheduled to run the 300-meter dash and compete in the long jump tomorrow at the Cornell Relays. So as the season begins, keep on eye out for ‘The Defenders:’

MEN (17)
Mark Amirault (Princeton) — Outdoor 5k
Donn Cabral (Princeton) — Outdoor 10k & Steeplechase
Peter Callahan (Princeton) — Indoor 800m
Tim Carey (Penn) — Indoor 60m hurdles
Russell Dinkins (Princeton) — Indoor 500m
Mike Eddy (Princeton) — Outdoor 400m
Austin Hollimon (Princeton) — Indoor 400m
Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell) — Outdoor 100m & 200m
Nick Huber (Cornell) — Outdoor 100m hurdles
Gary Jones (Cornell) — Outdoor triple jump
Craig Kinsley (Brown) — Outdoor javelin
Kyle Merber (Columbia) — Indoor 3k & Outdoor 1,500m
Jeff Moriarty (Columbia) — Outdoor 800m
Craig Pearce (Princeton) — Indoor weight throw
Connor Reilly (Dartmouth) — Indoor 60m
David Slovenski (Princeton) — Indoor pole vault
Trevor Van Ackeren (Princeton) — Indoor mile

WOMEN (15)
Thanithia Billings (Princeton) — Indoor weight throw
Kyra Caldwell (Columbia) — Indoor 60m; Outdoor 100m hurdles & 400m hurdles
Lacey Craker (Brown) — Outdoor discus
Sarah Cummings (Princeton) — Outdoor 10k
Jackie Drouin (Columbia) — Outdoor 1,500m
Kate Grace (Yale) — Indoor & Outdoor 800m
Sharay Hale (Columbia) — Indoor 200m & 400m; Outdoor, 200m
Melissa Hewitt (Cornell) — Indoor 60m & long jump; Outdoor 100m & long jump
Ashley Higginson (Princeton) — Indoor mile; Outdoor 10k & steeplechase
Victoria Imbesi (Cornell) — Outdoor javelin
Monique Roberts (Columbia) — Indoor & Outdoor high jump
Brynn Smith (Brown) — Outdoor hammer
Kali Strother (Penn) — Outdoor 400m
Priscilla Trojano (Dartmouth) — Indoor & Outdoor Multi
Tory Worthen (Princeton) — Indoor & Outdoor pole vault