2016-17 Field Woman of the Year

The sky is not the limit for Allison Harris.  She just keeps redefining it each time she vaults.  The Princeton senior broke all sorts of pole vault records in 2017.  She tied her own meet record at Indoor Heps as she defended her conference title – 13-07 1/2.  At Outdoor Heps, she broke the conference record and reset the meet record with her 13-10 1/2 clearance.

Harris qualified for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships this year.  At the Indoor Championship, she finished 9th overall with a 13-09 1/4 height for Second-Team All-American honors.  Unfortunately, Harris was not able to replicate that success at the Outdoor Championships as she “no heighted” in the finals.

But perhaps the most spectacular performance was Harris clearing 14-feet at the Virginia Tech Challenge in her final tune-up before Indoor Heps.  Yes, 14-feet, a first for a Heps woman.  The combination of clearing 14-feet and breaking the Indoor Heps meet record led to Harris being named the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season.

With Harris redefining where the sky is, the question is how long will it take for other athletes to join her up there?

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julia Ratcliffe became the fourth Heps woman to ever finish in the top 8 in the same event THREE TIMES at a NCAA Championship.  In June, the Princeton senior finished 6th in the hammer throw with a distance of 214-01.  Her best throw of 2017 – 227-02 from Outdoor Heps that is also a meet record – ranked her second in the NCAA.  Ratcliffe is the first four-time Heps hammer throw champion.  She also won the Indoor Heps weight throw title (67-01 1/4).
  • Nikki Okwelogu graduated from Harvard as the shot put queen – she went a perfect 8-for-8 in Heps shot put titles over the course of her collegiate career, a first for a Heps woman.  She returned to the NCAAs in March and June, coming home with Second-Team honors in the indoor shot put (11th overall) and Honorable Mention honors in the outdoor discus (23rd overall).

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