Penn Announces Senior Student-Athlete Awards

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) handed out its major intercollegiate senior student-athlete awards Monday night in a ceremony held at The Inn at Penn. Five awards were handed out, and all of them went to track & field athletes.

In the two largest awards of the night, Tim Kaijala was honored with the Class of 1915 Award, while Jesse Carlin received the Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Award.

The Class of 1915 Award, given annually since 1931, is presented to the male student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit and tradition of University of Pennsylvania Athletics. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA. Voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn’s men’s varsity programs as well as selected athletic department administrators.

The Fathers’ Award, meanwhile, has been given annually since 1945 to the person who is recognized for her contribution to Women’s Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA, and voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn’s women’s varsity programs as well as selected athletic department administrators.

The Norman J. Goldring Award was given to Mike Hall and Carolyn Auwaerter. The Goldring Award is given to one graduating male and female student-athlete with the highest GPA who earned a varsity letter in his/her senior year.

The George H. Frazier Award was given to Austin McDaniel. The Frazier Award is given to a graduating student-athlete (male or female) with the highest GPA who competed on one of the following teams: basketball, crew, track, soccer, baseball or football.

Complete bios on all of the honored athletes are below...

CLASS OF 1915 AWARD - Tim Kaijala, men’s track & field
The Penn men’s track program considers itself one of the pre-eminent middle-distance programs in the country, and has the credentials to back it up. So when someone breaks a record in that group, it tends to be a big deal. With the outdoor championship season still to go, Tim Kaijala already holds two school marks -- one in the individual 1,000, and another in the distance medley relay. He also holds the fourth-fastest time in Penn history in the indoor 800, and the seventh-best time in the outdoor 800. A two-time NCAA Regionals qualifier, Tim has won four individual Heptagonal championships and been on three Heps relay title teams. As a junior, he won the IC4A crown in the indoor 800 (the IC4A is the men’s Eastern championships). An Academic All-Ivy selection earlier this year, Tim is involved with the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, the National Student Partnerships, Pennvelopes, the Undergraduate Economics Society, and the College Republicans. He is also active as a volunteer at Grace Covenant Church. Tim is the 21st track & field athlete to receive the Class of 1915 Award.

FATHERS’ AWARD - Jesse Carlin, women’s track & field
In a few weeks, Penn Athletics will be inducting its sixth class into the Hall of Fame. Do not be surprised to see this woman in a future class -- probably sooner rather than later. With the outdoor championship season still to go, Jesse already holds five individual school records and seven others as part of relay teams. Earlier this year, she held the top time in the nation in the indoor 800 for a few weeks, and at the NCAA Indoor Championships she earned All-America honors in the 800 and with the distance medley relay. Jesse was also an NCAA qualifier in three different events last year as a junior. In Heptagonal (Ivy League) competition, Jesse has won the indoor 800 each of the last two years; at the ECAC level, she is a four-time individual champion and also won with the distance medley relay earlier this year. A Dean’s List student, Jesse has already been accepted into the Pharmacology Ph.D. graduate program here at Penn, but she also hopes to continue her running career by turning pro and joining the Nike Farm Team in Oregon. Jesse is a two-time Academic All-Ivy, a Scholar All-American from the track coaches’ association, and a member of the Friars Senior Honor Society (where she was honored with the Elizabeth R. Burdick Award as that program’s outstanding female athlete in 2005).

GOLDRING AWARD (Male) - Mike Hall, men’s track & field
Part of Penn’s multi-event punch during the past four years, Mike was the 2005 Heptagonal (Ivy League) champion in the indoor heptathlon, and runner-up at the 2006 IC4A (Eastern) Championships in the decathlon. Earlier this season, Mike finished fourth at Heps in the heptathlon. A two-time Academic All-Ivy nominee, Mike was a 2005 Junior National All-America in the decathlon. He holds the second-best score in school history in the indoor heptathlon (5,352 points), and his best score in the decathlon is 6,776 points. Mike is planning to attend medical school next fall.

GOLDRING AWARD (Female) - Carolyn Auwaerter, women’s track & field
Carolyn has battled injuries throughout her senior year, but already brings a standout resume to the table in lettering each of her first three years on campus. Individually, she entered the 2007-08 academic year eighth on Penn’s all-time list in the 400 hurdles; in the relays area, she was a leg on the second-fastest indoor 4x800 team in program history and the fifth-fastest outdoor 4x800 quartet. In 2006, Carolyn earned second-team All-Ivy as part of the Quakers’ indoor 4x800 relays, and All-East honors with the outdoor 4x800 relay at the ECAC Championships.

FRAZIER AWARD - Austin McDaniel, men’s track & field
A four-year member of the men’s track and field program at Penn, Austin is part of the Quakers’ distance corps. Most prominently, he competed and helped Penn win the team championship in the 20K Penn Relays Distance Classic each of the last two years. His personal bests on the track include a 15:36.80 clocking for 5,000 meters earlier this spring, and 32:33.80 for 10,000 meters at the 2007 Penn Quad.