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Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame Creates Annual Awards Program

Eight Annual awards to be presented starting in 2012

Rochester, NY: The Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame of Fame proudly announces the creation of a new annual awards program starting in 2012. The Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame will be presenting awards annually to the outstanding high school and college athletes and team, and the top high school coach from the Niagara Association. These awards will be presented for the first time at our annual awards banquet to be held at the Holiday Inn - Buffalo Airport on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The awards to be presented are named for members of this Hall of Fame.

The eight annual awards are:

  • Donald J. Paige Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding NCAA Division 1 College Male Athlete of the Year in or from the Niagara Association.
  • Doriane Lambelet Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding NCAA Division 1 College Female Athlete of the Year in or from the Niagara Association.
  • James D. Ulrich Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding Male College Athlete of the Year from other than NCAA Division I Colleges in or from the Niagara Association.
  • Jack Tupper Daniels Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding Female College Athlete of the Year from other than NCAA Division I Colleges in or from the Niagara Association.
  • Trenton J. Jackson Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding Male High School Athlete of the Year in the Niagara Association.
  • Cynthia J. Wyatt Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding Female High School Athlete of the Year in the Niagara Association.
  • Bob Ivory Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding High School Coach of the Year in the Niagara Association.
  • Charles H. Moore, Jr. Award: Presented annually by the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame to the outstanding Cross Country Running, Indoor Track and Field, or Outdoor Track and Field High School or College Team of the Year in the Niagara Association.

About the Hall of Fame members for whom the awards are named:

Donald J. Paige:

This award is named for Donald J. Paige, a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2000, who graduated from C.W. Baker High School, Baldwinsville, NY, and Villanova University. He was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Track and Field Team for 800 meters, and was Pan-American Games Champion at 1500 meters in 1979. He set five World Records two American Records, and one Collegiate Best. Paige is a Two-time USA National Champion Indoors at 1000 yards and a six-time NCAA Champion.

Doriane Lambelet:

This award is named for Doriane Lambelet Coleman, a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2006. A Cornell University graduate, Lambelet was an indoor AIAW Champion at 800 meters and won one US Championship. She is a five-time All-American, six-time Ivy League (Heptagonal) Champion (three times indoor and three times outdoors), and set five Cornell University records. While holding dual citizenship, she was a two-time Swiss National Champion at 800 meters and set numerous Swiss records on the track.

James D. Ulrich:

This award is named for James D. Ulrich, a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2011, who is a former head track and field coach at Fredonia State where he coached five NCAA Division 3 National Champions. His teams won the New York State Collegiate Track and Field Conference (NYSCTFC) Men's Track & Field Championship 14 times Indoors and 13 times Outdoors; the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men's Track & Field Champions 14 times Indoors and 21 times (including 20 consecutive) Outdoors. Ulrich, who is highly decorated, was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year thirteen times, NYSCTFA Coach of the Year eight times, NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year five times, and received the SUNYAC Service Award.

Jack Tupper Daniels:

This award is named for Dr. Jack T. Daniels, a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2003, who is a former Head Cross Country Coach at Cortland State. His women's cross country team won seven NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and finished second once. The women's team won 11 SUNYAC team titles and six Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) team titles. Cortland women have earned 40 cross country All-American honors and four individual national titles. Cortland men won seven SUNYAC cross country team titles and earned five All-American awards. Cortland won the 1991 NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field national title. Between cross country and track, Daniels coached 20 national champions and more than 110 All-Americans. Daniels was named the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country "Coach of the Century" and was the inaugural winner of national "Coach of the Year" honors in 1993. Daniels earned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year honors twice and SUNYAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year twice.

Trenton J. Jackson:

This award is named for Trenton J. Jackson, Sr., a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 1998, our inaugural class. Jackson, a graduate of Franklin High School, Rochester, NY and the University of Illinois, was one of the Nation's top sprinters in the early 1960's. He was a member of the 1964 US Olympic Team in the 100 meter dash. Jackson set the National High School record for the 100 yard dash in 1961 and in 1964 set NCAA and Big 10 records in the 100 meter dash (twice). Jackson also set Big 10 records in the 100 yard dash and 200 meter dash and the 60 yard dash (indoors). The 60 yard dash performance also tied the World Record.

Cynthia J. Wyatt:

This award is named for Dr. Cynthia J. Wyatt, a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 1998, our inaugural class, was a pioneer in the sport. A two-time National Indoor Champion in the Shot put, Wyatt competed in shot put at the 1963 Pan American Games and was on six United States teams which competed against the Soviet Union teams in the 1960's. Wyatt, who is a graduate of Williamsville High School, Williamsville, NY, is one of the first women to get a college scholarship to compete in Track and Field (University of Hawaii).

Bob Ivory:

This award is named for Robert J. Ivory, a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 1998, our inaugural class, is a former track and field coach at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY, where he was very successful. Ivory is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo. In ten years at St. Joe's, his teams won eight conference Cross Country Championships, eight conference Track and Field Championships, one Eastern States Championship (runners-up twice), and two Penn Relays Championships. In addition, Ivory coached Dick Buerkle when Buerkle set the world record for the Indoor Mile in 1977. Ivory was named District I Track Coach of the Year (1976).

Charles H. Moore, Jr.:

This award is named for Charles H. Moore, Jr., a member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2000, who graduated from Cornell University and is an Olympic Gold Medalist (1952 400-meter hurdles) and Silver Medalist in the 4x400-meter relay. He set two World Records in the 440-yard hurdles. Moore, who was undefeated in the 400-meter/440-yard hurdles for his career, is a four time US Champion in the 400 meter hurdles and set five US Records over various distances.

About the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame:

Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. The purpose of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who made significant and outstanding contributions to the Sport of Athletics (including Track & Field, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and Cross Country Running) while living within the geographic boundaries (New York State West of and including the counties of Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, and Broome) of the Niagara Association as athletes (including Masters), coaches, and/or administrators (including Competition Officials).

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