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Track & Field Hands Out Team Awards at End-of-Year Banquet

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HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth track & field programs handed out team awards at the annual banquet Wednesday held at the Dartmouth Outing Club. Coaches, support staff and student-athletes were on hand as part of the end-of-year celebration.

Several awards and certificates were handed out over the course of the evening to members of both the men’s and women’s teams for performances during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

The Everett L. Palmer Track Prize is given annually to the athlete who contributed most to the track program during the year as determined by the coaching staff. This year, the award was given to two recipients as seniors Connor Reilly and Brett Gilson shared the honor.

The Excellence Award presented to the student-athlete on the women’s team deemed the most valuable. Like the men, this award was shared between juniors Abbey D'Agostino and Megan Krumpoch.

For Reilly and D’Agostino, it marked the second consecutive year that each received the accolades.

Three first-year members of the Big Green were honored as the program’s Most Outstanding Freshmen with Mollie Gribbin, Jennifer Meech and Edward Wagner all claiming the recognition.

The Nathan D. Bugbee 1925 Memorial Track Prize is presented each year to one individual on each of the men's and women's track squads who, according to fellow team members, best exemplifies the characteristics of good team sportsmanship, spirit, camaraderie, and overall dedication to the sport and who demonstrates respect for team members, opponents and officials. Seniors Katie Sullivan and Gilson were tabbed with this year’s honor.

In a similar light, Henry Sterling was presented with the Leon E. Lovejoy Track Prize, which is given each season to the member of the team who, in the opinion of the DCAD and the coaches, has done the most in sportsmanship and competition to uphold the interest of Dartmouth College.

Five individuals received the Herb Chase Track Award, presented to the members of the team who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, has made the greatest improvement in his or her event through hard work, self-discipline and enthusiasm for the sport. Those five student-athletes were Thomas Servino and Will Geoghegan of the men’s team and Lauren Ready, Alex Kurkul and Caroline Buck of the women’s squad.

Another duo split an award during the ceremony as head coach Barry Harwick presented both Phil Royer and Jon Gault with the Paul S. Harmon '13 Trophy. The honor is given to that member of the senior class who is a distance or cross country runner and who, in the opinion of the track coach and Director of Athletics, has shown the greatest improvement in track athletics during his college career.

The Carl Wallin Coach's Award was given to four individuals who demonstrated to the coaching staff the intangibles required to excel in his or her event as well as amongst teammates, coaches and officials. Receiving this honor were BB Jones and Josh Cyphers on the men’s side with Karla Verkouw and Ali Procopio representing the women’s team.

In addition to awards being presented, the coaching staff also announced the captains for next year’s teams. The women will see the return of the three current captains for a second go-around as juniors Krumpoch, Arianna Vailas and Janae Duchack were all selected by their peers to once again lead the team in 2013-14.

The men saw three new student-athletes tabbed as leaders with Sterling, Cyphers and Servino all voted into the role of captains by the other members of the team.

Other awards were also given to those members of the Big Green who claimed individual championship titles at either indoor or outdoor Heps as well as the national championship meet. Those student-athletes were:

Men’s Mile (Indoor IC4A)
Will Geoghegan  - 4:05.71

Men’s 60 Meters (Indoor IC4A)
Connor Reilly – 6.75

Women’s Pentathlon
Janae Dunchack - 3,940 Points (Indoor Heps)

Women’s High Jump
Kaitlin Whitehorn  - 5-10.5/1.79m (Indoor Heps)

Women’s Mile
Abbey D'Agostino – 4:32.42 (Indoor Heps)

Women’s 1500M
Abbey D'Agostino – 4:11.94 (Outdoor Heps)

Women’s 3000M
Abbey D'Agostino – 9:21.79 (Outdoor Heps)
Abbey D'Agostino – 9:01.08 (Indoor NCAA National Championship)

Women’s 5000M
Abbey D'Agostino – 15:47.02 (Indoor Heps)
Abbey D'Agostino – 15:28.11 (Indoor NCAA National Championship

400-Meter Hurdles
Megan Krumpoch – 58.42 (Outdoor Heps)

Outstanding Achievement recognition was also given to any member of the teams that set a new Dartmouth program record in an event over the course of the year. Those were given to the following individuals and relay teams:

Janae Dunchack
100-Meter HH – 14.49 (Outdoor Heps)
Pentathlon - 3,940 Points (Indoor Heps)

Abbey D'Agostino
Mile (indoor) - 4:30.03 (Millrose Games)
3000 Meters – 8:55.41 (Washington Invitational)
1500 Meters - 4:11.94 (Outdoor Heps)
5000 Meters – 15:11.35 (Mt. Sac Relays)

Mollie Gribbin
Long Jump – 19-2.0/5.84 (Outdoor Heps)
60 Meters – 7.64 (Indoor Heps)

Sara Kikut
100 Meters – 12.16 (Larry Ellis Invite)

Megan Krumpoch
400-Meter Hurdles – 58.42 (Outdoor Heps)

Jennifer Meech
200 Meters – 24.34 (Outdoor Heps)

Kaitlin Whitehorn
High Jump – 5-10.5/1.79m (Indoor Heps)

4x100-Meter Relay Team
Toni Aguiar, Sara Kikut, Anna Kikut, Jennifer Meech

4x400-Meter Relay Team
3:45.62Caroline Buck, Alex Kurkul, Jennifer Meech, Megan Krumpoch

Connor Reilly
60 Meters (indoors) – 6.75 (IC4A Championship)
200 Meters – 21.25 (Outdoor Heps)