Women’s Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Performers

Here at Heps Track we have a mystery on our hands. The Ivy League has complete records available in regards to the INDOOR Most Outstanding Performers dating back into the 1950s, but for reasons we don’t know, the office has never had a list of the OUTDOOR Most Outstanding Performers. If you can help fill in some blanks, please do so by emailing Brett Hoover.

Before 1982 — missing
1982 — Pat Melton of Yale sprinted to victory in both the 100- (12.21) and 200-meter dashes (25.09), become the first Bulldog to win multiple titles at Outdoor Heps
1983 — Jenny Stricker of Harvard became the first female athlete to sweep both the 1,500- (4:33.17) and 3,000-meter runs (9:32.89, a meet record) at Outdoor Heps
1984 — Kathy Harrison of Army didn’t just sweep the 100- and 200-meter dashes, she did so with record times. She ran 11.79 in the preliminaries of the 100, a record that would last for more than two decades. Her 24.45 in the 200 lasted five years.
1985 — Frances Childs – a Penn freshman – won two events in her Outdoor Heps debut, taking the wins in the 100-meter hurdles (14.55) and long jump (19-06 1/4).
1986 — Christelle Williams of Penn was the meet’s sprint star, taking championships in the 100- (12.32) and 200-meter dashes (25.06) as well as the 100-meter hurdles (14.34)
1987 — Louise Gerritz of Yale reigned in the middle distance, taking both the 800- (a League-record 2:07.25) and 1,500-meter runs (4:30.86)
1988 — Meredith Rainey of Harvard won the 400-meter dash (53.20, breaking her own meet record), anchored the champion 4×400-meter relay (3:47.29, a meet record) and took second in the 200-meter dash
1989 — Diana Wills of Army broke meets records in both the long and triple jumps and became the first female athlete to soar 20 feet at Heps. She would do it all again in 1990, ending her career with seven Outdoor titles.
1990 — Stephanie Best of Cornell won both the 1,500- (4:25.37) and 3,000-meter runs (a League record 9:28.25)
1991 — Teri Smith of Brown was a triple winner for the Bears, winning the 100- (12.37), 200- (24.07) and 400-meter dashes (53.51)
1992 — missing
1993 — Susan Smith of Brown was a triple winner for the Bears, taking the 100-meter dash (12.13) and both hurdles, the 100- (13.96) and 400-meter (1:01.29)
1994 — missing
1995 — Jennifer Watkins of Cornell claimed two throwing titles, the discus (148-5) and the javelin (149-8)
1996 — missing
1997 — Nicole Harrison of Princeton was a sprint, hurdles and jump champion and set a League standard in the 100-meter hurdles (13.35) in the trials and the 200-meter dash (23.90) in the final
1998 — Nicole Harrison of Princeton swept the 100-meter dash (12.0h) and hurdles (13.94)
1999 — Dora Gyorffy of Harvard won both the high (6-2 1/4) and triple jumps (42-5 1/2) for the first time
2000 — Dora Gyorffy of Harvard defended her titles in both the high (6-2 3/4) and triple jumps (42-7 1/2)
ht-oneills2001 — Brenda Taylor of Harvard, who was a natural star in the 400-meter hurdles, went for the most points, winning the 100-meter dash (12.17) and hurdles (13.62w) as well as the 4×400-meter relay (3:44.37) and was second in the 200m
2002 — Katy Jay of Cornell won the 100- (11.88) and 200-meter dashes (23.99) before anchoring the Big Red’s record-setting 4×400-meter relay (3:42.47)
2003 — Laura & Kate O’Neill of Yale racked up 54 points by finishing first and second in three distance events. Kate won the 3,000- (9:32.43) and 5,000-meter runs (16:39.64) while Laura edged her twin sister in the 10k (35:47.30)
2004 — Emily Kroshus of Princeton took the impressive long-distance double, taking both the 5,000- (16:16.15) and 10,000-meter runs (35:01.98).
2005 — Joslyn Woodard of Yale was a three-event champion, claiming the 100- (11.78w) and 200-meter dashes (24.06) as well as the long jump (19-1 1/2)
2006 — Joslyn Woodard of Yale closed her career with three wins, including record-setters in both the 200-meter dash (23.73) and the long jump (20-9)
2007 — Jeomi Maduka of Cornell won both the long (20-5 3/4) and triple jumps (42-11 3/4w) by more than a foot
2008 — Jeomi Maduka of Cornell and Stacy Kim of Penn shared the award, Maduka won three events, including record-breaking long jump of 21-3 1/4 while Kim set a meet standard in the 1,500-meter run (4:20.75) and won the 3k as well
2009 — Brynn Smith of Brown was the lone double champion, winning both the shot put (50-2) and hammer throw (184-5)
>2010 — Melissa Hewitt of Cornell and Kyra Caldwell of Columbia shared the award as each won two individual events, ran on a victorious relay and set a meet record in the process, Hewitt running 11.66 in the heats of the 100m dash (she also won the long jump) and Caldwell clocking 58.24 in the 400m hurdles (she also won the 100 hurdles).
2011 — Kate Grace of Yale, Sharay Hale of Columbia and Brynn Smith were all double winners with Hale breaking the meet’s 200m record (23.65), Smith breaking the hammer mark (202-11) and Grace missing the 1,500m standard by just two-hundredths of a second (4:20.77)
2012 — Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth set three records, twice in the 1,500-meter run (4:19.93 — trials & 4:17.90 — final). She also broke the the 3,000-meter run record (9:24.64).
2013 — The first year with separate awards for runners and field athletes saw Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth set records in both the 1,500- (4:11.94) and 3,000-meter runs (9:21.79). Victoria Imbesi of Cornell and Mary Hirst of Harvard shared the field award with Imbesi taking the shot (49-1) and javelin (158-5) while Hirst won the heptathlon with the second-best mark in Heps history (5,393) followed by victory in the high jump (5-11 3/4).
2014 — Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth accomplished something no other athlete had ever done by winning Heps titles in the 3,000- (9:14.57), 5,000- (16:34.48), and 10,000-meter runs (33:10.38) at the same meet. In fact, no other athlete has ever done that across their Ivy career. Her winning 3,000m time was a meet record and her 10k time third fastest. Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton defended her hammer title with a meet record toss of 222-03.
2015 — Udeme Akpaete of Cornell claimed two individual events (200, 400) and two relays (4×100, 4×400) in style. Her individual times of 23.78 and 53.17 were personal bests and all-time top 10s while both relays broke League marks. Not to be outdone, Nikki Okwelogu of Harvard broke Championship records in both the shot (56-10) and discus (176-5) to help Harvard defend its team title.
2016 — Harvard swept the women’s MVP awards.  Autumne Franklin won her fourth straight 100m hurdle title, set a new meet record en route to winning the 400m hurdle title (55.87), and was a member of the meet-record setting 4x100m relay team (44.85) to earn the Track MVP honor.  Nikki Okwelogu defended her shot put and discus titles while setting a new meet-record in the discus (180-08) to earn the Field MVP honor.
2017 — Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas was unanimously selected as the Track MVP as she won three individual titles (100m, 200m, and long jump) and was a member of two winning relay teams (4×100 and 4×400). The 4×100 squad set a new meet record of 44.42 en route to winning, and Thomas may have set new records in the 100m and 200m had the wind not been so strong. The wind did not impact the pole vault results as Princeton’s Allison Harris won the pole vault title and Field MVP honor with a conference and meet record-breaking height of 13-10 1/2.
2018 — Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas was unanimously voted the Track MVP for the second year in a row as she won five titles for the second year in the row. She set new meet records in the 100m and 200m and was a part of the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Her 4×400 anchor leg was done in 49.44, overcoming a 2.8 second deficit to win the event by 0.04 seconds.  Thomas was also one of three recipients of the Field MVP, as she shared the award with teammate Simi Fajemisin and Penn rookie Ashley Anumba. Thomas won the long jump with a performance that would have set a new conference record had it not been wind-aided. Fajemisin won the triiple jump with the 7th best mark in the meet history (42-08 or 13.00m), while Anumba won the discus throw title with the second best throw in meet history and third best throw in conference history (180-05 or 55.56m).