Volume No. 1 Issue No. 95 - Monday March 26, 2007|
Erison Hurtault - 400M Star Receives First Team Honors
By Thomson Fontaine
New York, USASenior Erison Hurtault has a rare combination of brilliant academics and outstanding athletic talent. He achieved All-America status after placing sixth in the 400m dash in the finals of the event at the NCAA Championships. Hurtault won his fourth consecutive Ivy League indoor 400m title, and his seventh overall in the conference. Hurtault ran the race in 46.34, which set a school, meet, and Ivy League record. This is Hurtault's seventh first-team All-Ivy League honors.
The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships earn All-America distinction. Hurtault finishes his NCAA Indoor career with All-America distinction and will look to continue to add to his accolades in the 400m event as the outdoor season begins.
Erison is a senior at Ivy League Columbia University and the son of proud Dominican parents. His parents are Fern Hautault (nee Lazaar) of Grand Fond and Arnold Hautault of La Plaine. They reside in Central New Jersey. The Attorney at Law and Nurse Couple have four children with Erison being the only boy.
Dr. Emanuel Finn who is a family friend and who has known Erison from birth says that he was always been a focused kid, high achiever and competitor. He always excelled in the classroom, while playing little league baseball, basketball, in track team and even as a boy scout during his middle and high school days. Finn says that Erison's success is also much of a testament of the love, sacrifice, encouragement and support that his parents have always displayed towards their children.
Erison’s most recent achievement is just the culmination of a storied collegiate career. He first gained national attention and became a force to be reckoned with at the 400M with his dramatic development over the course of his first season in 2003-04. He ran 48.54 to take third in the Met Championships, setting a Columbia indoor record.
That same year he became the first Columbia runner to win the 400M at the Heptagonal Ivy Indoor Championships when he again ran 48.54, and helped the Lions’ distance medley relay to a silver medal.
Erison would go on to win the IC4A Championships in a school-record-setting 48.25, and ran 47.61 for first place in the Princeton-Rutgers meet. He would come back to break Fred “Fritz” Schlereth’s Columbia outdoor record of 47.54, set 50 years earlier, in 1954 in a time of 47.22! That year his wins earned him ECAC Track Athlete of the Week and he became the fastest freshman 400 meter runner in the NCAA Championships.
In the 2005 -06 season, he won the 2006 Outdoor Heps Performer of the Meet award when he ran the fastest Ivy League time ever and a personal best 46.12 to win his third consecutive 400m outdoor title. 46.12 was the fourth fastest time in Heps history (the meet record is held by a Navy student-athlete).
He finished 17th at the NCAA Championships, missing the semifinals by .01 and missed the Indoor NCAA Championships due to illness and was sidelined for three weeks. Erison won the Indoor Heps 400m title in 47.07, won the 400m at the GMU Invite and finished fourth at the New Balance meet in 47.08. During that same season he won the IC4A title in 47.07and placed fifth in the East Regional with a time of 46.65.
During the 2004 -05 season he solidified his reputation as a “clutch” performer, running his personal best at the NCAA East Regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championships. His 46.24 time ranked 23rd nationally.
Heading into the NCAA Outdoor Championships, he won both the Indoor and Outdoor Heps 400m titles and placed fourth at the NCAA East Regional. He also placed first at the IC4A and Indoor Metropolitan Championships, the Dartmouth tri-meet (48.54), the Larry Ellis Invitational (47.52) and won the NYU by more than 1.54 seconds (47.45).
At Erison’s high school he earned ten letters in spring and winter track, and cross-country, captained both track teams, and was All-Shore both as a junior and senior. He ran several events as a senior, but was particularly effective in the 400 meters outdoors remaining undefeated in the event in six dual meets.
Erison would go on to dominate in the athletic field while remaining four years on the Merit Roll.