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MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
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)

MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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)

FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
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)

FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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 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)


Missed this the first time around, but trying to make amends now. This summer Columbia’s triumphant trio — Kyra Caldwell, Monique Roberts and Sharay Hale — appeared on AOL’s Black Voices with Dr. Boyce Watkins to talk about college readiness and success at an Ivy League institution. And it wasn’t about the 10 Heps individual championships the three won last year.

Dr. Watkins, a finance professor at Syracuse University, is a well-known face on cable news and one of his objectives is to address academic reform, particularly as they relate to college athletes.

Of the Columbia Three, Dr. Watkins blogged, “Not only have they become athletic stars, they’ve also turned into high academic achievers. As great as they are in sports, the reality is that it is their academic choices that will pay off the most. Sports are temporary for most of us, and it is the smart athlete who uses sports as a stepping stone for additional academic opportunity.”

For the full video interview, please click here and scroll down. The above photo was taken by Columbia’s Casey Snedecor.