Cook, Kowalska Become First-Ever Track & Field Athletes Selected for NCAA's

9/20/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. - INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 24, 2010) – On Sunday evening, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the field for the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and two members of the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s team were selected. Senior Salme Cook and freshman Maggie Kowalska both made the field and will be become the first-ever track and field athletes in the history of both programs to compete at the NCAA’s.

Cook will compete in the 800-meter run and will be in the second heat. Her best qualifying time of 2:12.88 was achieved at last Thursday’s The College of New Jersey Last Chance Invitational in Ewing, N.J. Cook currently holds five different outdoor track and field school-records and will look to re-break her program-best in the 800 at the NCAA’s.

Kowalska will compete in the javelin throw and her best toss travelled 41.58 meters. The two-sport star at Stevens will be in the second flight and also owns the Stevens record in her event. Her best throw came on April 24 at the Lion Invitational at TCNJ.

This is a sweet accomplishment for these two outstanding young women as well as our entire program,” said head coach John Crawford . “We knew Maggie had a strong chance based on her high school performance marks, but Salme’s results were truly remarkable. Her times in the 800 dropped nearly 10 seconds from the conclusion of the indoor season. All the little things she did this spring in her training resulted in a huge finish. We are thrilled to be making our first of many trips to the national championship meet.”

The NCAA’s will take place at Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio from May 27-29. Visit the above link for up-to-date results and more on all the action.

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Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/press.