Katie Irvin Pfeffer (2001)
Katie Irvin Pfeffer (2001)
Cross Country, Track & Field
Inducted 2018

Kate Irvin, a member of the Class of 2001, earned All-American honors 10 different times at Middlebury, more than any other athlete in track history. She accomplished the feat four times during indoor track and on six different occasions during the outdoor season.

She earned All-NESCAC honors during all four spring track seasons, winning the NESCAC title in the 1,500 meters in 1999 and 2001 and the 800 in 2001. Irvin was also a part of championship 4x800 relay teams in 1998 and 2001. She placed third for three consecutive years (1999–2001) at the NCAA Championships in the 1,500. When Irvin graduated, she was a part of the school-record 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.

In the fall, Irvin was a member of the cross-country team, where she helped lead the squad to its first NCAA Championship in 2000. She was a top-four finisher for her teams in all four NCAA Championship races, as the Panthers finished second in 1999 and third in 1997. As a senior, Irvin won the College’s A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Award, given to the school’s best two-sport athletes.