Nkrumah Named CUNYAC Athlete of the Year, Thomas Pope Named Coach of the Year

York College junior Alexandra Nkrumah has been named the 2008-09 CUNYAC Track Athlete of the Year and York head coach Thomas Pope has earned CUNYAC Coach of the Year Honors. In addition, juniors Taneisha Renaud and Shanine Bogan were named to the CUNYAC All-Star team. On the men’s side, sophomore Kenny Jacquet was tabbed as a CUNYAC All-Star as well. The conference office announced the awards Friday afternoon.

Nkrumah, was the top-performer at the CUNYAC Championships medaling in six events, winning the 55m hurdles (9.42), placing second in the 800 meter run (2:31.53), long jump (5.05) and triple jump (10.35) and finishing third in the 400-meter dash (59.74) and high jump (1.37m).  She was named Most Valuable Performer at the championships. Nkrumah has now earned Athlete of the Year honors in two straight seasons.  She won the outdoor track and field award in 2008. 

Earlier in the season, Nkrumah placed second in the 800-meters at the Colgate Women’s Games at Madison Square Garden.  She also qualified for three events at last week’s ECAC Championships. 

Head coach, Thomas Pope led a team that scored the most points at the CUNYAC championships.  However, York was not declared the champion because they did not meet the minimum CUNYAC team requirements.  It is Pope’s first Coach of the Year Award for women’s indoor track and field.  

Renaud, a distance runner, is making her second consecutive appearance on the CUNYAC All-Star Team.  She won the 3000-meters (13:02.04) and placed second in the 1500 meters (5:23.16) at the CUNYAC Championships. 

Shanine Bogan also makes her second straight appearance on the team after winning the shot put (11.70m) and finishing second in the weight throw (12.39m) at the CUNYAC Championships.  Bogan qualified in the shot put for the ECAC Championships.

For the men, Kenny Jacquet, last year’s Rookie of the Year, was the lone bright spot for the men’s squad this season.  Jacquet won the 1500-meters (4:19.75) and was second in the 5000-meters (17:02.37) at the CUNYAC Championships. 

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