The first and only Ivy League athlete to go a perfect eight-for-eight in the 400m races at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor and Outdoor Championships, Erison Hurtault was a force to be reckoned with on the track.
Hurtault stepped into the spotlight right away as a first-year, becoming the first Columbia runner to win the 400 at the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships (Indoor Heps). He continued to shave time off of his own school record, winning the IC4A Championships. At the Outdoor Heps, he won the 400 in 47.22 to break the Columbia outdoor record set in 1954. On the biggest stage of his young career, he ran a 46.96 at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the preliminary heats, recording the fastest time of any first-year that season.
In Hurtault's sophomore season, he successfully defended his Ivy League crowns, saving his best for NCAA Regionals. With a fourth place finish and a time of 46.24, he ranked 23rd nationally to secure a berth in the NCAA Championships.
Hurtault continued to dominate in 2006, winning another 400m Indoor Heps and earning the Outdoor Heps Performer of the Meet award after running the fastest Ivy League Time ever (46.12) to win his third consecutive title.
In 2007 Hurtault concluded his phenomenal collegiate career by earning All-America honors by placing sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He also recorded the fasted Columbia, Ivy League, and Ivy League Indoor Championship 400m time of the year, clocking in at 46.34.
At the 2007 Penn Relays, he was a member of the 4x800-meter relay team that captured Columbia's first Championship of American victory since 1938. As well as winning his staple event at both the indoor and outdoor meets, Hurtault added Ivy League Outdoor 200m Champion to his resume on his way to earning his second-straight Performer of the Meet accolade.
At the 2007 NCAA Regionals, Hurtault placed third in the 400-meter, cementing his legacy with a new school record time of 45.40. For his tremendous achievements as a Columbia student-athlete, Hurtault was awarded the 2007 Connie S. Maniatty Award.
A two-time Olympian, Hurtault has competed for his parent's home nation, Dominica, and served as the nation's flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympics.