Alexis Harrison, Women's Track & Field, Tufts University
Tufts’ Alexis Harrison graduated in May after earning back-to-back NESCAC Women’s Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer awards in 2015 and 2016.
This past spring, she won the 100-meter dash (11.88), the 200-meter dash (25.40), and the long jump (18'6" - 5.64m) at the NESCAC Championships. She was also fourth in the high jump, clearing 5'2 1/4" (1.58m), and helped the Jumbo 4x100-meter relay win the conference title for a fourth consecutive year with a 47.92 time that was both a NESCAC meet and Tufts record.
In 2015, her time of 12.04 seconds won the NESCAC 100 meters and she also won the long jump in 18'6 1/2" (5.65m). In the relays, she anchored the 4x100 to a 48.26-second victory. Scoring over 30 points individually for the team, she was second in the 200 meters (25.14).
Capping the 2016 indoor season, Harrison finished second in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Championships with a time of 7.57 seconds. She had won the NCAA preliminaries with a 7.55 time, which improved upon her own school record and was the fourth-best 60 meters time in Division III history.
Earlier in the winter, Harrison received U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III Athlete of the Week honors after her performance at the New England Division III Championships. She won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.63 seconds, a mark which established a new meet and Tufts record. The time gave Harrison the second New England Division III Indoor 60 meters title of her career.
“I try to build on my own momentum throughout the season,” Harrison said during the year. “I challenge myself to get faster and stronger mentally and physically every day. My teammates and coaches inspire and motivate me to be the best athlete I can be, so they are an important part of the process as well.”
Harrison also made the most of her opportunities at Tufts by getting involved in the community and succeeding academically.
“The most rewarding program I joined was Level The Field,” she said. “The program took a group of student-athletes into a local Somerville school to teach children the valuable lessons we've learned from playing sports. It was nice to get to know the children in my classroom and I looked forward to seeing them every week.”
A pre-med student with an ultimate goal of going to medical school, Harrison developed her interest in the sciences at Tufts.