Women’s Track & Field Honored With PAC Sportsmanship Award
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Presidents’ Athletic Conference recently announced its 2013 Spring Team Sportsmanship Award winners and Head Coach Shawn Marek’s women’s track & field squad was honored.
W&J women’s track & field was selected for the first time since the PAC Team Sportsmanship Award program was instituted during the 2008-09 academic year. The program is an ongoing effort to recognize and encourage positive sportsmanship among conference teams. The award is sponsored by the PAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a group comprised of student-athletes from each member institution that assembles to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.
“The PAC, its leadership and its members continue to take every step necessary to ensure that our conference is providing positive athletic opportunities as an integral aspect of the educational experience of our student-athletes,” said conference commissioner Joe Onderko. “We have, and will continue to, place the greatest importance on sportsmanship, personal conduct and safe and collegial environments in which our student-athletes compete. The PAC Team Sportsmanship Awards provide us with a platform to recognize those teams that embrace and are committed to fostering the principles of good sportsmanship.”
The Presidents placed third at the PAC Championships which were hosted by W&J at Cameron Stadium on April 26-27. That same week, W&J entered the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association National Top 25 poll as the No. 23 team.
Two team members, junior Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) and sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson), qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship which begins Thursday in Wisconsin. Mangold earned the 2013 PAC Track & Field MVP award after producing 34 points at the conference championship meet.
Marek is in his second season as the Presidents cross country and track & field head coach. He has sent six different athletes to NCAA championship meets thus far, including Galligan, who became the college’s first NCAA All-American during the fall. The four overall student-athletes (two men, two women) competing this week in Wisconsin.