FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 27, 2016

 

AUTUMN WOSENCROFT RECEIVES

THE HELEN M. MURPHY AWARD

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior Autumn Wosencroft (Newport, RI) received the Helen M. Murphy award at the collegeís annual Cap and Gown Ceremony on Wednesday morning.

 

The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement and honors an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete.

 

Wosencroft is one of the most decorated indoor and outdoor track & field athletes to ever compete at Rhode Island College. A current holder of seven individual and relay records at the school, Wosencroft is a five-time (three indoor, two outdoor) NCAA National Championship qualifier. During her career, she has earned All-ECAC honors three times, 10 All-New England accolades, 24 N.E. Alliance awards and was selected the team MVP twice.

 

 

 

During the indoor season as a senior in 2015-16, Wosencroft finished seventh in the 200m (26.15), 11th in the 400m (1:00.60) and 14th in the long jump (4.97m), while earning All-New England honors as a member of the first place 4x200m relay (1:44.19; field house record) at the 2016 N.E. Div. III Championships Feb. 19-20. She earned N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish in the 200m (26.37), a third place finish in the 400m (59.65) and a fifth place finish in the long jump (5.05m), while also earning N.E. Alliance honors by competing as a member of the second place 4x200m relay (1:45.91) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 13.

 

As a junior during the 2015 outdoor season, Wosencroft was named the teamís MVP. She wrapped up her season by earning two All-ECAC honors, finishing sixth in the 400m (57.03) and eighth in the long jump (5.33m) at the ECAC Championships on May 14-15. She earned All-New England honors with a fourth place finish in the long jump (5.40m; season-best), while also placing ninth in the 200m (25.80), at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Apr. 30-May 2. Wosencroft earned a trio of N.E. Alliance honors with a first place finish in the 400m (57.13), second place finish in the long jump (5.39m) and third place finish in the 200m (26.43) at the Alliance Championships on Apr. 25.

 

As a junior during the 2014-15 indoor season, Wosencroft finished 11th in the 400m (58.18) at the NCAA National Championships Mar. 13. She captured All-New England honors by finishing first in the 400m (58.48) and second in the 200m (25.97), while also placed ninth in the long jump (5.14m), at the N.E. Championships on Feb. 20-21. Wosencroft earned N.E. Alliance honors in five events by placing first in the 400m (58.31), 200m (26.05) and as part of the 4x400m relay (4:09.16), while finishing second in the long jump (5.34m) and sixth in the 60m (8.21), at the Alliance on Feb. 14.

 

As a sophomore during the 2014 outdoor season, she placed 12th in the long jump (5.41m) at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 22-24. She took 13th in the long jump (5.34m) at the ECAC Championships on May 15-16. She finished second in both the 400m (57.42) and the long jump (5.62m; program record) to earn All-New England honors at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 3. Wosencroft earned N.E. Alliance honors in a trio of events, as she took the crown in the 400m with a first place finish (58.14), placed fourth in the long jump (4.87m) and finished fifth in the 200m (25.94) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 27.

 

As a sophomore during the 2013-14 indoor season, Wosencroft was named the team's MVP. Wosencroft finished 10th in the 400m preliminaries (56.84) and 15th in the long jump preliminaries (5.15m) at the 2014 NCAA Div. III Indoor Track & Field Championships held on March 14. She earned a trio of All-New England honors with second place finishes in the 400m (59.07) and the long jump (5.60 m; program record) and a fifth-place finish in the 200m (26.15) at the New England Div. III Championships on Feb. 21-22. Wosencroft finished as the Alliance Champion in the long jump (5.58m) and also finished as the Alliance Champion in the 400m (57.77) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 15. She also earned N.E. Alliance honors in the 200m with a second place finish (26.07) and in the triple jump with a sixth-place finish (10.34m; season-best). Wosencroft finished eighth in the 55m (7.58; season-best) and was a member of the 4x400m relay team that earned N.E. Alliance honors with a third place finish (4:13.32).

 

As a freshman during the 2013 outdoor season, she placed 11th in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:50.97 at the NCAA Div. III Championships on May 23. Wosencroft earned All-ECAC honors as part of the 4x400m relay (3rd; 3:50.99) at the ECAC Championships on May 16-17. She placed 10th in the 400m hurdles (1:05.88; season best) and 11th in the long jump (4.96m), while earning All-New England honors as part of the 4x400m that finished in third place (3:54.01) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 4.Wosencroft earned N.E. Alliance honors in four events, as she placed second in both the 400m hurdles (65.13) and the long jump (5.30m; season best), placed fifth in the triple jump (10.55m; season best), and was also a member of the 4x400m relay team (3:55.93) that took first place overall at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 27.

 

As a freshman during the 2012-13 indoor season, was a member of the 4x400 relay team that finished 10th overall at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Championships with a time of 3:54.86. She earned All-New England honors with a fifth place finish and a season-best effort in the 200m (26.36) and as part of the 4x200m relay team which finished second (1:45.66), while also placing eighth in the 400m (59.67) and 11th in the long jump (4.98m) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 16. Wosencroft earned N.E. Alliance honors in the three events, placing fourth in the triple jump with a season-high mark of 10.31m, fifth in the 400m (1:00.32), sixth in the long jump with a season-high mark of 5.07 at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 10.

 

Wosencroft is a justice studies major and a 2012 graduate of Rogers High School

 

ABOUT THE HELEN M. MURPHY AWARD

The Murphy Award was established in 1979 and sponsored by the faculty of the Henry Barnard School to honor an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete. The award is named for Helen M. Murphy, a graduate of Rhode Island College in 1939, who was a member of the faculty for 38 years and taught at the Henry Barnard School, beginning in 1941, until her retirement in 1979.

 

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