PAWTUCKET, R.I. – After a standout rookie season, freshman jumper Virgil Harrell III (Hamden, Conn.) has been named the Little East Conference Outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.
The Connecticut native becomes just the second Beacon in program history to earn the top rookie honor, with the first going to three-time All-American Carl Joseph '16.
In 2018, Harrell quickly took over as the Beacons top competitor in the long and triple jump events. He broke the program record in both events. At the MIT Last Chance Qualifier, he shattered the record in the triple jump, which was set in 2013 as he finished with a distance of 46-00.75 feet. In the long jump his season and career best currently sits at 22-09.75 feet. Winner at the Little East Conference Championship meet, Harrell earned multiple conference weekly accolades as a Beacon.
Since 2012 the men's track and field has earned a total of six LEC major awards in the outdoor season alone. Currently the Beacons have two Rookie Field, two Rookie Track, one Track and one Field Athlete of the Year honorees.