The Big Green had record setting events over the weekend in track and field as well as women’s golf. The women’s golf team finished second in the Ivy League tournament which was their highest finish ever in the event. Freshman Kaitlyn Lees earned first team All-Ivy honors with her third place finish, three strokes behind the leader. Sophomore Donovan Spearman continues to impress, setting a school record in the 200m at the Virginia Challenge.
Their efforts are rewarded by being named the Cape Air Athletes of the Week.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes – one male, one female – as the Cape Air Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Donovan Spearman, So., Gardena, Calif., Sprints, Men’s Track and Field
Running at the highly competitive Virginia Challenge hosted by UVA, Spearman broke through and set a Dartmouth record in the 200m, crossing the line in 21.14 and winning the event at the expense of several Big10 sprinters behind him. The new program record eclipsed the previous mark of 21.20 set nearly six decades ago by Gerry Ashworth ’63. In the first day of the meet in Charlottesville, Spearman claimed seventh overall in the 100m as the sophomore ran a 10.63 to claim second in his heat and one of the top times in the field of more than 40 competitors.
Kaitlyn Lees, Fr., Bryn Mawr, Pa., Women’s Golf
Freshman Kaitlyn Lees played more like a seasoned veteran at the Ivy League Women’s Golf Championship on April 19-21, placing third overall to help Dartmouth post its best finish ever at the event in second place, a mere six strokes off the lead. The native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, was about as consistent as can be, leading all players with 43 pars in the 54-hole tournament while carding a 6-over 222 over the three days. Her third-place finish also matched the best finish ever by a Big Green women’s golfer at the league championship, first accomplished by her teammate Catharine Roddy two years ago. Lees earned a spot on the All-Ivy League First Team with her performance, making her just the fourth Dartmouth player ever to make the first team.