April 11, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior sprinter Gloria Asumnu has been named Conference USA's outdoor track and field athlete of the week, the league office announced Tuesday. She is the first Green Wave track and field athlete to earn the award this season in either indoor or outdoor track.
Asumnu earned the award for the first time this season after her impressive showing at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, this past weekend. In addition to breaking her own school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.31 seconds, the Houston native teamed with Taneekwa Ross, Olivia Kizzee, and Jasmine Momoh to post a season-best mark of 45.39 seconds in the 4x100-meter relays. The mark was also the second-best time in school history in the event.
On top of that, Asumnu joined Momoh, Kyra Lobbins, and Shanon Beelendorf to give the 4x400-meter relay team a time of 3:40.79 in the team's first competition of the season. Both relay times, as well as her 100-meter dash mark, were qualifying marks for the NCAA Mideast Regional scheduled for May 25 in Columbia, Mo. The marks in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay are also tops in the conference heading into this weekend's action; the 4x400-meter time currently ranks third in C-USA. Asumnu also owns the top mark in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.96 seconds, set two weeks ago at the Walt Disney World Invitational.
For Asumnu, this marks the third time in her career she has received this award. Last year, Asumnu was named athlete of the week April 11 following her performance at the Ole Miss Invitational. In 2005, Asumnu received the award April 12 for setting two school records at the Ole Miss Invitational the previous weekend.
Asumnu and the rest of the Tulane track and field team returns to action this weekend in Oxford, Miss., where they will participate in the Mississippi Open.