2014 Awards - USA Athletics Scholarships

2014 Awards

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And the winner is…

The academic year 2013-14 came to an end on Saturday following the conclusion of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Whilst on the whole it was another successful year for the British and Irish athletes based in the US, we have come up with our own end of season awards to recognise the individuals who we believe have achieved highly throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Male track athlete of the year:

Luke Caldwell – New Mexico. 6th at NCAA indoors over 5000m on his home track, 15th outdoors over 10,000m, and four Mountain West Conference wins, it has been an outstanding year for Luke Caldwell. The Surrey athlete can also now look forward to representing Great Britain in the European team championships.

Also considered: Adam Bitchell

Female track athlete of the year

Elinor Kirk – UAB . Two NCAA top 3’s at 5000m (indoors) and 10000m (outdoors) as well as five C-USA titles, there can be little argument against Elinor Kirk being named as our female track athlete of the year. She also finished the year with the fastest collegiate time over 10000m (32.17).

Also considered: Eji Okoro

Male field athlete of the year

Nick Miller – Oklahoma State. The Cumbrian showed remarkable consistency this year. Runner up finishes indoors and outdoors, he won 10 out of 15 competitions this year indoors with the weight throw and outdoors with the hammer. His 74.38 throw at the Big 12 Championships also ranks him as UK number one for 2014.

Also considered: Jax Thoirs

Female field athlete of the year

Lorraine Ugen – TCU. The 2013 NCAA outdoor long jump champion was able to add to that indoors this year by winning the indoor equivalent. Whilst she was not able to defend her outdoor title in Eugene, it was still a very solid season for the TCU athlete.

Also considered: Freya Jones

Most improved male athlete

Henry Tufnell – Brown. To go from a regular 1.50 performer to a 1.47 NCAA qualifier in a matter of weeks certainly takes some doing, and that is exactly what Henry Tufnell has done. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to continue this meteoric rise in Eugene but three big lifetime bests in three races are enough to convince us that the Brown athlete is the most improved male this year.

Also considered: Adam Bitchell

Most improved female athlete

Elinor Kirk – UAB . What we didn’t mention above is just how much Elinor Kirk has improved this year. Her PB improvements in time from 2013 are: 8 seconds 1500, 4 seconds mile, 13 seconds 3000m, and 17 seconds 5000m. It is also worth mentioning that the improvements made last year were also substantial compared to any pre-collegiate performances.

Also considered: Ese Okoro

Summary

We have now finished covering our third full year of NCAA track and field and cross country. With that, we are only one year away from seeing a full class through from freshman to senior year. For those who are now at the end of their collegiate journeys, the time has come to move onto a different chapter in life. For high schoolers about to descend on a college campus for the first time, we wish you all the success and hope you make the most of the opportunity in front of you. We look forward to a short break before returning to cover the 2014 cross country season. For anyone interested in embarking on their own collegiate experience, we are welcoming applications to the recruiting arm of our site throughout the summer

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