Henderson, Okwelogu, Smith Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

Henderson, Okwelogu, Smith Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

Courtney Smith, Brett Henderson, and Nikki Okwelogu earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

Three members of the Harvard track and field/cross country team earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors – Brett Henderson, Nikki Okwelogu, and Courtney Smith – the organization announced today.

Henderson, a senior from Valley Center, Calif., starred this spring for Harvard competing in the javelin. He earned the title of 2017 Ivy Outdoor Heps champion, winning the javelin with a 223'6" throw, his personal best and the second best in Harvard history. An All-Ivy First Team honoree, Henderson finished fourth in the javelin (199'2") competing against top field at the Stanford Cardinal Classic earlier this season, and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Championship, where he is competing this weekend.

Okwelogu, a senior from Fresno, Calif., was an All-Ivy First Team and Outdoor Heps champion in the shot put, completing a career sweep (8-for-8) in Heps indoor and outdoor shot put titles, the first Ivy Leaguer ever to accomplish that feat. A Winter Academic All-Ivy selection, Okwelogu earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-America recognition, finishing 11th in the shot put at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. In the winter season she was also a All-Ivy First Team and Indoor Heps champion in the shot put. Last summer, Okwelogu represented Nigeria at Rio Olympics. She is currently competing at the NCAA East Preliminary Championship.

Smith, a junior from Westchester, Pa., earned USTFCCCA All-America recognition by placing 35th at NCAA Cross Country Championships and was Harvard's top finisher at every race. She made history for Harvard as the individual champion (20:19.6) at Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships, the first individual Heps title for Harvard since 1985. An All-Ivy First Team honoree, Smith finished second at NCAA Northeast Regional, the highest individual finish in program history at the event.

Henderson, Okwelogu, and Smith are now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in June.