USTFCCCA announced the Division 1 Regional Award winners for the 2017 indoor track & field season today. The Harvard women’s team swept the Northeast awards – sophomore Gabrielle Thomas for track, freshman Zoe Hughes for field, Jason Saretsky for head coach, and Kebba Tolbert for assistant coach – while Cornell senior Rudy Winkler was named the Northeast Field Man for the second consecutive year and Princeton senior Allison Harris was selected as the Mid-Atlantic Field Woman of the year.
Thomas – the Indoor Heps Female Track MVP – was recognized by USTFCCCA for her national ranking in the 200m (7th) with the 22.88 time she ran to win the Indoor Heps 200m title. Hughes broke the conference meet record in the pentathlon with 4,093 points that ranks her second all-time in the event (it should be noted that she’s the third Crimson athlete to win the pentathlon at Indoor Heps). Winkler reset the conference record earlier this year in the weight throw (23.32m) that ranks him 3rd in the NCAA. He reset the Indoor Heps meet mark with a throw of 23.05m to defend his title and honored with the Indoor Heps Field Man of the meet for the second year. Harris cleared 4.27m in the pole vault to reset her conference record, placing her in a tie for 10th best performance in the nation this year. Her winning mark at Indoor Heps tied her own meet mark – 4.15m. All four of these athletes will be competing at NCAAs later this week.
Saretsky and Tolbert guided the Crimson to their fifth straight Indoor Heps conference crown. The team has been ranked at the top of the Northeast region since January 30th in the USTFCCCA computer rankings. Both coaches have both won these regional awards before. This is Saretsky’s sixth such honor (third for the indoor season) while this is Tolbert’s third honor. Saretksy and Tolbert also swept the Northeast Region coaching awards for the 2016 outdoor and 2015 indoor seasons.
photo by Brian Panoff