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NSU's Sturrup gets NCAA track honor

May 20, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS --- The NCAA has announced that former Norfolk State University student-athlete Chandra Sturrup and former California Poly State University student-athlete Teena Colebrook have been named NCAA Division II Most Outstanding Student-Athletes in track and field for their accomplishments in NCAA Championship competition. The honor, which was bestowed as part of the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary of Women’s Championships celebration, takes into account outstanding performances in NCAA Championships over the past 25 years.

Sturrup won seven individual titles at NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She won the 100-meter dash twice (1992, 93) and still hold the NCAA Championship record with a time of 11.20 seconds. She also won the 200-meter dash three times (1992, 93, 95) and still holds the NCAA Championship record of 22.85 seconds.

Sturrup also was a two-time national champion in the long jump (1992, 95). She is tied with Colebrook for the most individual championships won in a career for Division II outdoor track and field championship competition.

Colebrook competed for Cal Poly and finished her career with seven individual titles at NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She won the 800-meter run four consecutive years (1987, 88, 89, 90) and still holds the NCAA championship record with a time of 2:02.48. She was also a three-time champion in the 1500 meter run (1987, 89, 90) and also holds the NCAA championship record in the event with a time of 4:13.00. Colebrook and Sturrup share honors for the most individual championships won in a career for Division II outdoor track and field championship competition.

In 1981, the NCAA began sponsoring women’s championships, which opened the door to increased athletic and academic opportunities for female athletes. Today, the NCAA sponsors 44 women’s championships in 20 sports, providing more than 150,000 women with an opportunity to compete for national titles each year.

An NCAA panel selected the most outstanding student-athletes in Division II track and field. The panel used historical data and championship results to make its decision.

The 2006 NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held May 25-27 at Fran Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kansas. Emporia State University will be the host institution for the championships.

The following NCAA women’s sports are celebrating their 25th anniversary during the 2005-06 athletic season: Division I and III women’s field hockey; Division I, II and III women’s cross country; Division I, II and III women’s volleyball; Division I, II and III women’s swimming; Division I, II and III women’s basketball; National Collegiate women’s gymnastics; Division I, II and III women’s tennis; Division I women’s golf; Division I women’s lacrosse; Division I women’s rowing; Division I and II softball; and Division I, II and III women’s outdoor track.

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