Thursday, May 14, 2009

The impressive achievements of Lamarra Currie

Lamarra Currie is up for some pretty prestigious awards as she puts the finishing touches on a brilliant career with the Charlotte 49ers. She is one of 10 finalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award - other finalists include Oklahoma women's hoop player Ashley Paris (twin sister of Courtney Paris), Georgia gymnast Marcia Newby and Rice swimmer Diane Gu on the women's side. Men's finalists include Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, Oklahoma State all-America golfer Rickie Fowler and Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie. This is the same award that another 49ers 4.0 track star (Sharonda Johnson) won in 2005. Currie is also being nominated, along with women's soccer's Nikki Czlaplicki, for the The NCAA Women of the Year Award.

A 4.0 student, Currie has won A-10 Most Outstanding Track Performer and A-10 Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards during her career, including the A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards in both the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons. She is a member of a women's track senior class that has won all eight A-10 championships in her career (4 indoor;4 outdoor). She has copped ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. She has qualified for NCAA competition, broken school and league records and will vie for her first NCAA All-America honor, this summer. She has been at the center of a women's track dynasty. She has followed in the impressive footsteps of former track all-everythings. And she has left her own indelible mark. Congratulations, Lamarra.

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