Two Yale Seniors Win Top Athletic Awards

Two Yale seniors who represent the ideals of “sportsmanship and Yale tradition” were presented athletic awards by Thomas A. Beckett, director of athletics, at the Yale College Senior Class Day exercises.

Heather Bentley received the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award as Yale’s top female athlete. A four-time All-Ivy League selection, Bentley finished her career second in school history in points (195) and goals (164). During her four years at Yale, the Bulldogs won 49 games and made three appearances in the ECAC Tournament. Her honors during her career included selections as Ivy League Rookie of the Year, first-team All-Ivy, second-team All-America, Academic All-Ivy and co-MVP of Yale.

Joe Walland received the William Neely Mallory Award as Yale’s top male athlete. Walland, who threw for 2,207 yards and 17 touchdowns last fall, is the most prolific offensive player in the 127-year history of the Yale football program. The passer broke 22 individual school records and tied three others in just three seasons behind center, while he helped the 1999 Ivy Champions shatter eight team offensive marks. He was a second-team All-Ivy League selection in 1999 and was named Yale MVP.

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