The Brown athletics department held its annual award banquet Monday night and the highest awards — department-wide — both went to track and field athletes, throwers Brynn Smith (Saco, Maine) and Craig Kinsley (Fairfield, Conn.).
The Marjorie Brown Smith Award — presented to Brynn Smith as the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year — is named in honor of the former director of athletics at the women’s college of Brown University, Marjorie Brown Smith, in recognition of her generous support of athletics.
Smith, a three-time NCAA qualifier competing in both the hammer throw and shot put, is the team captain for the Bears. Twice the Outstanding Performer at Outdoor Heps, she holds the League record in the hammer (202-11) and earned seven Ivy titles in her career. Also a great leader in the Brown community and in the classroom, Smith is an Academic All-Ivy recipient concentrating in Urban Studies and Public Policy. She was additionally honored with the Derek Canfield Barker Prize, awarded annually to one student who has overcome adversity and served exceptional community service in both the Brown and Providence community.
The Fritz Pollard Trophy — presented to Kinsley as the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year — is named in honor of one of our nation’s true African-American pioneers, one of the greatest football players in Brown history and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kinsley, the 2010 NCAA javelin throw champion, was the first Brown thrower to win an NCAA title in 58 years. The Ivy League’s first four-time first-team All-Ivy selection in his event, he has lost to just two collegians since the start of his sophomore year and is unbeaten in the last two years. A team captain and two-time first-team All-American, his career-best of 256-6 is both a school record and the second-best in Ivy history. An Academic All-Ivy pick, Kinsley is a double concentrator in Geo Science and Economics.
(Hat-tip: Rick Marshall)