June 22, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane track and field program and Conference USA have announced that senior jumper Nicolette Taku has been named the recipient of the Spirit of Service award for the spring season, marking her second service award from the conference this year. The Baton Rouge native represented Tulane University on the list of 12 recipients - one from each Conference USA institution - and also earned the award during the winter season for the Green Wave.
"Nicolette is a very impressive young woman that has a genuine and sincere desire to serve others and our community," said Tulane head track and field coach Eric Peterson. "She has been a shining example of what we hope for from all of our student-athletes. She is well balanced in her daily academic and athletic workload and still finds time to involve herself with many service oriented projects. We are proud that she is being recognized for her efforts."
The senior completed her outdoor track and field career placing 15th at the C-USA Championships in the long jump with leap of 5.33-meters and 12th in the triple jump with a mark of 11.58-meters. She posted her season best marks in both events at the South Alabama/Louisiana-Lafayette Tri-meet on March 27, jumping 5.52-meters in the long jump. She set a personal-best in the triple jump with a leap of 12.45-meters, ranking her fourth in school history in the event.
Taku serves as the president of the SAAC and won one of the Torch Awards handed out by the Tulane Athletics Department in April. The Baton Rouge, La. native earned the C-USA Academic Medal two years in a row and was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll the last three years. She was honored with the prestigious Tulane 34 Award, given to 34 outstanding undergraduate and graduate/professional schools students from throughout Tulane University, who have distinguished themselves during their collegiate life at Tulane.
Conference USA (C-USA) is a 12-member, NCAA Division I-A Conference based in Irving, Texas. This realignment was formed on July 1, 2005, and the Conference was first established in 1995. C-USA offers 20 sports total, nine sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field) and 11 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball).