NEW YORK - After an impressive weekend at Yale during the 2017 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, a total of 11 athletes earned all-conference accolades.
Two individuals picked up a pair of All-Ivy awards, in Robert Napolitano and Akua Obeng-Akrofi. Napolitano earned his first individual outdoor title when he went 3:45.84 to edge a trio of runners behind him all within one second, before anchoring the winning 4x800m relay for the men. Obeng-Akrofi repeated her indoor 400m title with an outdoor one in 53.38, before her 23.30 in the 200m run gave her second place.
The women went on to dominate the middle distance and distance events, earning three titles in those events, with one second place finish.
Sarah Hardie edged Jackie Bernardo from Princeton and Brittney Wade to take the 800m run in 2:07.97. The 3,000m steeplechase saw Nell Crosby pick up All-Ivy accolades during her first Outdoor Heps, as she claimed second place in 10:25.31. Senior Henna Rustami blew past the field in the 5,000m run on day two to take the tape, mimicking the performance of classmate Natalie Tanner from the day before, as she bested the 10,000m field.
The women also had a strong performance from Anna Williams in the triple jump, as the senior was the runner-up and second team All-Ivy honoree with a second place finish at 12.60m (41'4.25").
After Napolitano's performance in the 1,500m on Sunday, another distance event went to the men, when Ryan Thomas shined in the 5,000m. The junior earned his first career Heps title when he proved to have the strongest kick in a talented field, clocking a 14:13.41 for first.
Rookie Willie Hall picked up an Ivy League title in his first Outdoor Heps, alongside sophomores Sam Ritz and Alek Sauer, as well as Napolitano, in the men's 4x800m relay. After Ritz, Hall, and Sauer got the baton to Napolitano near the lead, the senior kicked home to give the Lions a title in 7:27.01, a second better than second place Yale in 7:28.02.
Up next, the Lions will take part in both the West Point Twilight Meet at Army on Thursday, as well as the IC4A/ECAC Championships, hosted by Princeton from Friday to Sunday.
Nell Crosby - 2nd team 3,000m steeplechase
Sarah Hardie - 1st team 800m run
Akua Obeng-Akrofi - 1st team 400m dash, 2nd team 200m dash
Henna Rustami - 1st team 5,000m run
Natalie Tanner - 1st team 10,000m run
Anna Williams - 2nd team triple jump
Willie Hall - 1st team 4x800m relay
Robert Napolitano - 1st team 1,500m run, 1st team 4x800m relay
Sam Ritz - 1st team 4x800m relay
Alek Sauer - 1st team 4x800m relay
Ryan Thomas - 1st team 5,000m run