Kusowski and Schuh Tabbed as 2011-12 Track & Field MVPs
Sept. 19, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams have announced their team award winners for the 2011-12 season.
Former thrower Jonathan Kusowski earned most valuable performer honors for the Marquette men, while junior sprinter and jumper Carlye Schuh was tabbed as the women's MVP.
Kusowski finished his career at MU as the all-time record holder in the weight throw with top mark of 63 feet, 00.25 inches (19.21 meters), which he notched at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Conference Championships.
The Toledo, Ohio native also sits No. 3 on the school's all-time list in both the hammer throw (186 feet, 7 inches / 56.87 meters) and javelin (188 feet, 9 inches / 57.53 meters). Last spring, he tallied nine points for MU at the conference's outdoor meet when he finished a program-best third and sixth overall in the hammer throw and javelin, respectively.
"It has been fun to watch Jon grow over the past couple of years from a walk-on freshman to team MVP as a senior," said Marquette track and field head coach Bert Rogers. "He was a significant part of our team as a leader and a key contributor to the team's success last season."
Kusowski was also named to the 2012 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Track and Field team last June.
Schuh had an impressive indoor season in 2011-12, solidifying herself on MU's all-time list in the long and triple jumps. At the Milwaukee Dual on Jan. 20, Schuh finished second overall in the triple jump with a distance of 38 feet, 8.25 inches (11.79 meters) (No. 4 all-time). The Appleton, Wis. native then turned in a fifth-place overall finish at the indoor conference meet with a long jump distance of 19 feet, 1.50 inches (5.83 meters), the mark placed her No. 2 on the school's all-time list.
"Carlye continuously showcased the special talent she possesses," said Rogers. "Despite the difficulties that she endured this past season, she was still able to step up and make a big difference for the women's team."
Schuh also had success on the track, running a 100-meter time of 12.18 seconds (No. 5 all-time) at the Bulls Invitational.
For their exemplary contributions to the program on and off the track, Peter Bolgert and Olivia Johnson were each given the Senior Student-Athlete Award. Bolgert was a three-time Academic All-American, while Johnson earned the distinguished honor twice in her career.
"Olivia and Peter are fine examples of what it means to be a Marquette track and field student-athlete," said Rogers. "As multiple-time Academic All-Americans, they have carried the Marquette track and field tradition to a higher level with their success both on the track and in the classroom."
James Muehleman and Kathryn Koeck earned the Most Improved Awards for their performances last season, while William Koeck and Samantha Kennedy took home Freshman of Year honors.