Awards Given at Track Banquet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At the annual track and field banquet on Tuesday night the team elected next year's captain and listened to the presentation of several awards. Those honored with awards include senior Faith Briggs, senior Claudia Duncan and junior Kate Grace. Junior Eve King was elected captain for the 2010-2011 season.
King has been a consistent contributor to the jumping squad of the Bulldogs, and was elected captain by the rest of the team. King is Yale's only competitor in the multi-events. She finished sixth in the pentathlon indoors in 2010, and finished tenth in the heptathlon this past weekend.
Briggs won the Stroube Family award, which is awarded to the athlete that excels in sportsmanship, courage and inspiration. Briggs was the 2009-2010 captain of the track team and was a key part of Yale's relay teams, including the 4x400-meter relay team that set a school record this past weekend.
Duncan was awarded the Lee Calhoun award, which is awarded to the athlete that excels in sprinting and/or hurdling. The award given annually in memory of Lee Calhoun, who coached at Yale from 1975 until 1980, and was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as a world-record holder in the 110-meter hurdles. Duncan set a new school record in the 400-meter run this weekend in 54.54, which should qualify her for the NCAA Regional Championships. Duncan also holds the school record in the 500-meter run indoors (1:13.31). Duncan also won the Lee Calhoun award in 2009.
Grace won the James Stack '61 award, which is awarded to the athlete that best personifies Jim Stack, the captain of the 1961 Yale men's track and field team that won the "big three" meet (Yale vs. Harvard and Princeton), the Heptagonal championship and IC4A championship. Grace has had a great year, earning first-team All-Ivy awards both indoors and outdoors in the 800-meter run. Grace holds the school record in the event indoors, and has the second-fastest time ever run by a Bulldog outdoors.
Grace, Duncan and others will be competing at ECAC Championships this weekend in Princeton, N.J.
Report by Kyle Eichner '12, Yale Sports Publicity