FLUSHING, NY—The City University of New York Athletic Conference announced Monday that York College track and field standout, Alexandra Nkrumah (Brooklyn, NY/ Midwood), has been honored as the Hospital for Special Surgery Scholar Athlete of the month.
The month of March has been very good to Nkrumah. A sprinter and jumper on the Lady Cardinals’ indoor and outdoor track and field teams, she began the month by earning the Most Valuable Performer of the CUNY Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships then closed out the month as a five-time winner at the York College Developmental Meet.
Somewhere in between, the junior from Brooklyn managed to sneak in class work and a paper or two. As a recently declared economics major with a 3.434 grade point average, she sees her obligations extending beyond class. She plans to do an internship this summer for Ghana Microfinance in Africa.
Balancing schedules has been tough, but she uses her running as a means to stay centered. “My life is pretty much school and track right now,” said Nkrumah. “Coach Pope preaches hard work and discipline. Those lessons have carried over to the classroom.”
At the Indoor Championships, she earned Most Valuable Performer honors by earning 48 points. She medaled in six individual events, winning the 55-meter hurdles (9.42), placing second in the 800-meters (2:31.53), long jump (5.05) and triple jump (10.35), and finishing third in the 400-meter dash (59.74) and high jump (1.37m).
It should be no surprise that Nkrumah also was named the 2009 Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
But the Midwood High School product moved on to the outdoor season, where she continues to shine. At the York College Developmental Meet on March 28, she won gold in five different events. Individually, she won the 200-meters (27.0) and the 400-meters (1:00.26). As a member of the 4×100-meter relay, she again captured first place with a time of (53.67). Additionally, in the jumps, she hit a distance of 15’5” in the long jump and 32’9” in the triple jump.
Before graduation, she has one goal: to qualify for the nationals. If she continues to shave precious seconds off her times through dedication and determination, it is possible.