Five MU Student-Athletes Earn NSCA All-American Status
May 2, 2013
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has awarded five Marquette University athletes with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award, which recognizes student-athletes' dedication to strength and conditioning.
Senior Cheldon Brown of track and field, senior Carol Henney of women's volleyball, junior Emily Jacobson of women's soccer, redshirt senior Chris Otule of men's basketball and junior Carlye Shuh of track and field were among the athletes honored with this award.
Brown, one of the four team captains for the men's team, reached a personal-best of 6-08.75 (2.05 meters) in the high jump at the Bill Bergan Invitational, making him fifth on Marquette's all-time indoor high jump record.
"Cheldon is an exceptional weight room leader. His positive, coachable attitude and phenomenal character is a model for all student-athletes," said assistant strength coach, Maggie Smith. "His clean jump max has improved 77 pounds in two years, which has showed in his continually improving high jump performance."
Henney saw action throughout her years on the Golden Eagles volleyball court, while at the same time, earning a spot on the BIG EAST All-Academic team for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons.
"She always pushes herself to her limits without questions, and creatively looks for new ways to bring her volleyball game to a new level in the weight room not only for her, but for her teammates as well," said assistant strength coach Nathan Heyrman.
Jacobson helped lead the women's soccer team to an undefeated record at home and NCAA tournament appearance, earning her a spot on the All-BIG EAST Third Team and was recently selected to attend the U23 Women's National Team Camp.
"She leads by example and goes the extra mile to do the little things right. You will find her [in the weight room] doing extra on off days, during the soccer season, on weekends when it's open, and anytime we challenge her," said head strength coach Todd Smith. "This consistency has kept her injury-free and has boosted her performance on the field."
Otule had one of his best seasons at Marquette after helping the men's team finish with a run to the Elite Eight. The center is ranked fifth all-time at Marquette for blocks, and earned his first double-double of his career after scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Davidson during the second round of the NCAA tournament.
"Chris has been an exceptional worker for the last four years. He had to work through the breaking of each of his feet his first two years and tearing his ACL last year. Still, he has never given in and has consistently improved his body and mind," said Todd Smith. "It has been a privilege coaching Chris."
Schuh has accumulated a season of personal bests and program records for the women's track team. The sprinter and jumper broke her own long jump record at the Benedictine University Twilight Invitational, jumping to a new distance of 6.05 meters.
"Carlye leads by example in the weight room. She consistently comes in extra and has doubled her maximums in some lifts," said Maggie Smith. "She has continually improved in both her weight room and track performance."
Since 2008, Marquette athletes have earned this honor from the NSCA four times, a direct result of "the ideals of what we teach every day," said Todd Smith. "Their commitment and discipline carries over to their teammates and other student-athletes in the athletic department. Their expectations for themselves are contagious."
This year, the NSCA awarded 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with this honor.
A complete list of all award winners can be found at www.nsca.com.