TRK: Alex Masai named CAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Year; Markovina and McDonnell win All-CAA


Richmond, Virginia – Hofstra Outdoor Track Star Alex masai added one final award to his overflowing trophy cabinet when he was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, while the juniors Paul Markovine and second Jordyn McDonnell both received All-CAA honors in an announcement made by the conference today.

Masai was named CAA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after a sensational 2021 outdoor track season. The Eldoret, Kenya graduate student secured two All-America appearances at the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12. Masai was sixth in the 10,000m with a personal best of 27: 45.19, and he secured a second All-America ranking days later with a 10th place in 13: 24.68. Masai became the first All-American outdoor track in Hofstra history with his dazzling performances at Hayward Field.

Male Athlete of the Year in Track and Field of the Year from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Masai won the 10,000m at the track and field championships in the open. NCAA Division I air – Preliminary East with a record time of 28: 28.97, and he finished with the sixth-fastest time in the 5000m in 13: 42.09. Masai also made Hofstra history by becoming the first CAA Outdoor Track and Field Champion when he clocked a time of 13: 51.49 to easily win the 5000m at the CAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In the 10,000m race at the CAA Championships, Markovina crossed the finish line in 30: 23.70 to place second and earn All-CAA honors for the junior from Old Westbury, New York. He previously won All-CAA honors during the cross-country season with a fourth place finish at the CAA Championships.

A sophomore from Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, McDonnell won all-conference honor with a third place in the 3000m steeplechase at the CAA Championships in 10: 39.31. This is McDonnell’s second All-CAA honor of the year, as she finished eighth at the CAA Cross Country Championships in March.

William & Mary’s KJ Cook was named CAA Male Athlete of the Year for winning first place in the shot put and hammer throw at the CAA Championships. William and Mary also watched Jared O’Riley win the CAA Rookie of the Year in Men’s Track and Field after winning the javelin. Tremaine Shaw of Northeastern was named CAA Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to his sixth straight CAA Men’s Track and Field title.

After a . Elon also saw rookie Maria Ahm win the CAA Female Rookie of the Year in Track and Field and Mark Elliston, respectively, the CAA Female Track and Field Coach of the Year. Ahm won the 5000m and finished second in the 10,000m, while Elliston guided the Phoenix to a CAA title for the first time since back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016.


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