Track and cross country captain Keith Colburn was last night named the 17th winner of the William J. Bingham Award-Harvard's highest athletic honor-at a dinner at the Varsity Club.
The award is given to "that member of the graduating class, who, because of his integrity, courage, leadership, and athletic ability, has best served the high purposes of Harvard." Last year, intercollegiate squash champion Anil Nayar was the winner.
The selection of Colburn was no surprise. Besides captaining throughout the year, which no one has done since Eddie Meehan did so six years ago, Colburn has been the most reliable performer.
He was the Heptagonal cross country champion, ran second to Marty Liquori in the IC4A mile, won the NCAA 1000-yard run and in the spring Heps, took first in the 880 and was part of the winning mile relay team. Colburn, like the two cross country captains before him, is also a class marshall.
Gary Singleterry and John Cassis, both football players, were the two other seniors who won awards last night.
Singleterry, an All-Ivy punter and an applied math concentrator, won the Francis H. Burr Scholarship, a cash award for a senior who combines athletic and academic excellence.
A broken leg and mononucleosis prevented Singleterry from playing much of his freshman and sophomore years, but the Jack Fadden Award-for an athlete who overcomes physical adversity to make a contribution to a team-went to Cassis.
Cassis suffered from a knee injury his first two years at Harvard, but then had an operation and recovered well enough to become one of the team's best interior linemen.