Nov. 26, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Collegiate Women Sports Award announced Tuesday the nominees for the 2008-09 award for cross country. For the second consecutive year, junior Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) was nominated for the honor.
“Everyone has seen what Susan has accomplished as an athlete, but few know how special she is as a person,” said women’s head coach Karen Harvey. “I have been fortunate to be with Susan just about every day and can honestly say she is a wonderful person. She cares about everyone on the team and is always making us laugh.”
The six-time All-American and All-ACC performer finished the 2008 cross country season with first place finishes at pre-nationals and the ACC Championship and set a 6K course record at the NCAA pre-nationals course with a time of 19:49.2. She also set a school record in the 6K with her second-place finish at the 2008 Cross Country NCAA Nationals with 19:35 and was named ACC Performer of the Week twice, among other accomplishments.
“She loves running, but still treats it as a sport and doesn’t allow it to consume her life,” said Harvey. “She represents everyone on the team, our staff and FSU with true character and awesome talent.”
The winner will be decided by nationwide voting among NCAA member schools and will receive the Honda Sports Award for cross country. The winner will also be nominated for the Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the nation’s outstanding collegiate women’s athlete of the year. The winner will be chosen on December 9th.
In addition to the honor of being nominated, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women’s athletic fund of each nominee’s university. The winner’s program will receive $5,000.
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