Seniors Ben Glauser, Ashley Collinsworth, Jarvis Harris and Erika Veidis at Wednesday's banquet (Brian Panoff).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard track and field held its annual banquet Wednesday evening in Gordon Indoor Track. The team handed out 26 awards and announced rising seniors Autumne Franklin and Paige Kouba would serve as the 2015-16 women's captains, while rising seniors James Lim and Tom Purnell, as well as, rising junior Andrew Roney will captain the men's team next season.
Franklin was a big winner during the awards portion of the banquet, earning a share of five honors. Franklin and senior Molly Renfer garnered the Francis J. Haggarty Award for Excellence in Women's Track and Field. Individually, Franklin also represented the women's team as the winner of the Rand Hurdle Award and the Westmore Wilcox 440 Award. The Owings Mills, Maryland, native picked up two relays awards as well. The quartet of Franklin, Gabrielle Scott, Christi Scott and Jade Miller received the Hennessy Mile Relay Award and the Bingham Relay Award. At Heps, the foursome broke the previous school record in the 4x400 meter relay, setting the new top time at 3:35.38.
Renfer also took home the Watters Mile Award.
The Women's Most Valuable Performer Award went to Danielle Barbian. The sprinter has put her stamp on the Ivy League and Harvard record books this season. Last weekend, she won the 100 meter dash in a conference-record time of 11.59. At indoor Heps, Barbian won the 60 and 200 meter races to garner Track Athlete of the Meet accolades. The Sussex, Wisconsin, native also received the Rita Raju Memorial Award, given to a senior who, during her career at Harvard, demonstrated exceptional dedication to track, as well as the Schick Sprint Award. Freshman Malcolm Johnson was given the men's Schick Sprint Award.
Sophomore thrower Nikki Okwelogu was the recipient of three awards. For the second consecutive season, the Fresno, California, native was named the Women's Most Outstanding Performer after she set the Ivy League record for both indoor and outdoor shot put. The indoor shot put All-American also went home with the HY Track Prize and the Little Shot Put Award.
The Women's Unsung Hero Award and the Nelson Unsung Hero Awards were bestowed upon Taylor duPont and Connor Reck, respectively. duPont also earned the Carver Hammer and Weight Throw Award.
Senior Ben Glauser received both the Ed Stowell Award and the Jannergren "Overcoming Physical Adversity" Award. This is the second-straight season Glauser was awarded the Stowell honor, recognizing the field athlete that demonstrates exceptional enthusiasm, optimism and continued hard work. Madison Hansen was the women's recipient of the Stowell Award and Hannah Mayer earned the Jannergren Award for the women.
The Treasurer's Award was given to freshman Matt Hurst for his performance at the HY Meet. Hurst also earned the men's share of the Westmore Wilcox 440 Award.
Jay Hebert, Mark Hill and Matt Miller garnered the Helmus Improvement Awards. Miller, along with fellow rookie Courtney Smith, were named the McLaughlin Award winners, given to the freshmen that most embody the traits of James McLaughlin '52, who embodied the qualities of fellowship and sportsmanship before he passed away as a freshman.
The Gourdin Broad Jump Award went to Elliot Safo for the second consecutive year and Efe Uwaifo earned the Ohiri Triple Jump Award once again. Next season's men's co-captain, Roney, collected the Robert H. Harwood Pole Vault Award, also for the second-straight season.
The Pappy Hunt Improvement Award went Whitney Thornburg. Thornburg finished fourth at outdoor Heps in the 10,000 meter race, running the ninth-fastest time in Harvard history and improving on her personal best by over two minutes.
Jarvis Harris made it two consecutive years as the men's winner of the Rand Hurdle Award, while also taking home the McCurdy Beyond the Call of Duty Award. The Women's Beyond the Call of Duty Award went to Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez.
2014-15 Award Winners
Francis J. Haggerty Award for Excellence in Women's Track and Field – Molly Renfer/Autumne Franklin
Women's Most Valuable Performer Award –Danielle Barbian
Women's Most Outstanding Performer Award – Nikki Okwelogu
HY Track Prize – Nikki Okwelogu
Pappy Hunt Improvement Award –Whitney Thornburg
Hennessy Mile Relay Award – Autumne Franklin, Gabrielle Scott, Christi Scott and Jade Miller
Women's Beyond the Call of Duty Award – Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez
Bingham Relay Award - Autumne Franklin, Gabrielle Scott, Christi Scott and Jade Miller
Women's Unsung Hero Award – Taylor duPont
Rita Raju Memorial Award – Danielle Barbian
Little Shot Put Award – Nikki Okwelogu
Watters Mile Award – Molly Renfer
McLaughlin Award – Matt Miller, Courtney Smith
Treasurer's Award – Matt Hurst
Jannergren "Overcoming Physical Adversity" Award – Hannah Mayer/Ben Glauser
Nelson Unsung Hero Award – Connor Reck
McCurdy Beyond the Call of Duty Award – Jarvis Harris
Helmus Improvement Awards – Jay Hebert, Mark Hill, Matt Miller
Carver Hammer and Weight Award – Taylor duPont
Gourdin Broad Jump Award – Elliot Safo
Ohiri Triple Jump Award – Efe Uwaifo
Robert W. Harwood Pole Vault Award – Andrew Roney
Rand Hurdle Award – Jarvis Harris/Autumne Franklin
Schick Sprint Award – Danielle Barbian/Malcolm Johnson
Ed Stowell Award – Madison Hansen/Ben Glauser
Westmore Wilcox 440 Award – Matt Hurst/Autumne Franklin