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Connor Reilly and Ida Sargent Named Dartmouth Athletes of the Week

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Connor Reilly and Ida Sargent     By Dartmouth
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Each week, will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as Dartmouth's Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.

A record breaking performance by track's Connor Reilly (Niskayuna, N.Y.) and a season of dominance by skiing's Ida Sargent (Oreleans, Vt.) have set the pair apart from the crowd as Dartmouth Athletes of the Week. Reilly broke his own record in the 60 meter dash to help Dartmouth take third at Ivy Indoor Heps. Sargent won yet another cross country race to help the Big Green surge into first place, remaining undefeated on the season.

Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week:
Ida Sargent (Oreleans, Vt.), Cross Country Skiing, Junior

Ida Sargent helped the Dartmouth ski team to its second straight undefeated  Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season. In its final Carnival of the year the Big Green was in second place after the first day of competition. But thanks to Sargent and the women's cross country team sweeping the podium and claiming six spots out of 10 the next day, Dartmouth won its 15th consecutive EISA winter carnival and the 23rd of its last 24 carnivals dating back to 2007. Sargent dominated the women's cross country circuit this winter, winning eight of the ten races she entered. She is the East's top-ranked cross country skier and recently qualified for the NCAA Championships to be held in Colorado on March 10-13.

Talk about how hard it is to be doing an individual event but also part of a team. Is it more pressure you think?
Every sport comes with its own pressures and skiing isn't any different. We've got a very strong team this year, which has been so awesome and fun. We really push each other and that makes us ski so much faster. Its always a lot of fun and motivating to see so much Green at the front of the pack during our races.

You've put together two terrific weekends, helping Dartmouth to a second consecutive undefeated season. Talk about your races and what gets you motivated.
For me, I just really love to ski and I am having so much fun racing right now. That keeps me motivated from weekend to weekend and having a second straight undefeated season is payoff for that.

There have been a couple of carnivals this season where the team was in second or third place after the first day but thanks to the events of the second day, Dartmouth came away with the victory. Does that put pressure on you knowing that that a race you might participate in could decide your team's fate?
I try not to think specifically about points or times while I race.  I just try to race as hard as I can each day and hopefully that will be enough.

Talk about the NCAAs coming up and how the team expects to do.
We haven't raced any of the Western teams so they will be our main competition at NCAAs this year but with good races I think we have a great shot at winning. I think it will be really exciting!

Dartmouth Male Athlete of the Week:
Connor Reilly (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Track & Field, Sprints, Freshman

Freshman Connor Reilly (Niskayuna, N.Y.) set the Dartmouth record in the 60m dash and earned first team All-Ivy honors after winning the dash with a time of 6.86 seconds. It was the second time this season that Reilly had broken the Big Green record as he hit 6.88 seconds in the dual meet against Maine back on Jan. 16. He was the lone Dartmouth athlete to earn first team honors. The Big Green finished third overall in the team title race with 55 points. Reilly qualified for the IC4A meet with his time and that event takes place next weekend, beginning on Saturday.

What was it like competing in your first Heps Championships?
Competing at the Heps Championships this weekend was an incredible experience. I have competed in important and highly competitive meets before, but never one that I was so deeply invested in. The atmosphere in Leverone on Sunday in particular was unbelievable and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it.

How was the energy in Leverone Field House at the time of your race?
Immediately before the final, the tension throughout Levrone was intimidating. A lot of people were very excited for the race and it was apparent. Deafening cheers echoed throughout the gym until immediately before the gun, at which point the entire crowd was dead silent. At the end of the race, after the 1-3 finish, the Dartmouth supporters erupted and the team stormed the track. Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor and I were glad that we were able to provide the team with excitement and energy to fuel the final push to finish top three.

This being your first year, tell us how you can top your performance in the next three years?
I am going to keep doing what I have been doing for the remaining three years of my career here at Dartmouth. I'm going to set new goals and put myself in the best possible position to achieve them. For now, I have my sights set on next weekend and the start of the outdoor season.

You have IC4As coming up, how do you keep your momentum going?
The IC4A meet this weekend is just like any other meet. This week we are going to work as hard as we have been in practice and hope to improve on our season bests. Coach Ford-Centonze had us in perfect form to peek over the weekend and will organize the workouts for a similar affect in this next meet.