May 24, 2010
EL PASO, Texas -
For the second consecutive year, UTEP standout Blessing Okagbare has been named a nominee for the Honda Collegiate Women Sports Award presented to the top female athlete in their respective sport.
The nine-time All-American is one of four NCAA Division I student-athletes nominated for the honor. Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison, Iowa's Lisa Koll and Mariam Kevkhishvili from Florida complete the list of the 2010 nominees. The winner of the track and field award, as voted by senior woman administrators, will automatically be considered for the Honda-Broderick Cup honoring to the top NCAA Division I female student-athlete.
Okagbare, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the long jump, captured the 60-meter dash and long jump titles at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships becoming the first woman in UTEP history to win a pair of crowns in a single national meet. She currently holds the nation's top performances in the long jump (6.88m) and the 100 meters (11.10) this outdoor season heading into this weekend's NCAA Pre Nationals.
A five-time U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional athlete of the year, Okagbare recently swept the organization's mountain region awards being tabbed the indoor track and the field female athlete of the year. She was the only athlete, male or female, to win both honors in a respective region. Okagbare followed that with the USTFCCCA Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year honors.
The Sapele, Nigeria, native was named to The Bowerman Watch List on March 17. Okagbare also picked up the 2010 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors following four titles at the conference meet. Okagbare picked up the long jump and 100-meter dash crowns at the outdoor meet earlier this month and was named to her third C-USA High Point Scorer and Performance of the Meet awards.