Joy Krekelberg Receives McCahill Award

Feb. 26, 2000

MILWAUKEE - Former Marquette University track star Joy Krekelberg, holder of numerous indoor and outdoor school records, was named the winner of the 1999 McCahill Award by the Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics today during a ceremony at halftime of the men's basketball game. She is the seventh member of the women's track and field program to earn the honor since the award's inception in 1946.

The McCahill Award is presented annually to the senior athlete from the previous year who has demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, eadership and athletics.

A Pelican Rapids, Minn., native, Krekelberg lettered in both indoor and outdoor track in each of her four years at Marquette, and concluded her career by earning the team's Most Valuable Performer honors following the 998-99 seasons. As a senior that school year, she broke her own school record in the indoor long jump by almost two inches, reaching 19-5.25. During the outdoor season, Krekelberg twice broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing her career with a school-best time of 14.20. She also was a member of the school-record setting 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relay teams that season. The 4x400 squad broke the previous mark by almost five seconds with a time of 3:44.9. She also recorded a personal-best of 5,286 points in the heptathlon that season, good for the third-best mark all-time at Marquette.

Named the 1996 Conference USA Women's Track and Field Freshman of the Year after leading the Golden Eagles to the league title at the indoor championship, Krekelberg established four freshman records that season. She went on to set indoor long jump school records in each of her next three seasons and earned first place in the heptathlon at the C-USA Outdoor Championship as a sophomore.

Away from the track, Krekelberg was active throughout the campus and community. She was the track team's representative to the Student-Athlete Council in 1997 and 1998, and later served as the Council's secretary (1999). Krekelberg was selected as the recipient of the Student Leadership Award by the Department of Student Affairs in 1999. She also worked as a volunteer for both the Special Olympics and the university's Fall Clothing Drive.

A four-year member of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll, Krekelberg carried a 3.6 grade point average and was a member of the AEMB Biomedical Engineering Honor Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. She graduated last spring with a degree in biomechanical engineering.

Krekelberg is currently an engineer for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Appleton, Wis.


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