NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Last Wednesday the Yale women's track and field team gathered at the Carol Roberts Field House for the annual end-of-the-season banquet. In addition to the traditional James Stack and Stroube Family Awards -- presented to Emma Vasen and Andrea Masterson respectively -- new annual awards were introduced this year to recognize and honor a wider range of the athletes' accomplishments on both the track and field.
Masterson was honored with the Stroube Family Award after an incredibly consistent and successful track season which will continue in two weeks at the NCAA East Regional. The award is presented to an outstanding member of the team who excels in sportsmanship, courage and inspiration. As the 2018 cross country captain and one of the best 5,000 and 10,000 meter runners in the Ivy League, Masterson has been an inspiration to her teammates both on and off the track during the course of her four years at Yale.
In addition to also nabbing the first-annual Outstanding Thrower award, Vasen earned this year's James Stack Award as the team's most valuable athlete. Scoring points both at the Indoor and Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, Vasen also punched her ticket to the Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge summer competition and broke multiple school records -- all as a rookie. The New Jersey native currently holds the Yale school record in the shot put as well.
The following awards were given for the first time in 2019 and will join those mentioned above as annual track and field recognitions. Here are their 2019 recipients:
- Outstanding Thrower - Emma Vasen
- Outstanding Jumper - Tessa Malone
- Outstanding Sprinter - Lillian Enes
- Outstanding Middle Distance Runner - Jocelyn Chau
- Outstanding Distance Runner - Kayley DeLay
- Most Improved Athlete - Jane Miller
- Outstanding First Year - Samantha Friborg