Curran, Stine, Bell Earn Liberty League Awards
June 11: St. Lawrence University women's track and field head coach Kate Curran and the Saint staff were named Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year for the outdoor track season and Saint rookies Carly Stine and Liza Bell captured major individual awards as the league announced its 2012 Outdoor Track and Field awards.
Curran, who led her Saints to both the indoor and outdoor titles, swept the Coach of the Year honors for 2012, taking both indoor and outdoor honors. The Saint women's staff includes Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Howard with assistance from John Newman, Ozzie Brown, Katie Gernand and Deshaya Williams.
Bell earned Liberty League Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honors after sharing the same award for the indoor season. The first-year athlete from Clinton set the SLU record in the high jump at 1.69 meters, tied for first in the Liberty League and finished second in the NYSCTC Championships. A NCAA qualifier, her 1.69 meter jump ranked ninth nationally and she finished 11th in her first NCAA Championship meet.
Stine was named Liberty League Rookie of the Year for the outdoor season after earning Rookie of the Week honors four times during the outdoor season. The Liberty League champion in the 100 hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles despite a fall, she was fifth in the Liberty League in the high jump, eighth in the javelin and ran on the second place 4x400 relay. The NYSCTC champion in the 400 hurdles, she was second in the NYSCTC multi-event championship and ran on the fourth place 4x400 relay. Her time of 1:02.46 in the 400 hurdles ranked 18th nationally to earn a spot in the NCAA field and she finished 16th in her first NCAA Championship meet.