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Strength & Conditioning Awards

 

NSCA All-Americans

The NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year program recognizes those collegiate and high school athletes, whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student athletes.

2011
Kristin Constantine, Track and Field
John Sabacinski, Track and Field

2010
Nicole Murphy, Track and Field


May 19, 2011
Constantine, Sabacinski Earn NSCA National Awards

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has awarded University of Chicago senior throwers Kristin Constantine and John Sabacinski with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Awards, which recognizes student-athletes' dedication to strength training and conditioning.

Two of among 247 collegiate athletes from 96 institutions representing all NCAA and NAIA Divisions to garner the award, Constantine and Sabacinski were nominated by Chicago Associate Head Track & Field Coach Zeb Sion.

Constantine was the University Athletic Association Field Event MVP for indoor and outdoor track & field in 2011, as well as a national qualifier in the weight throw (indoor). An All-American in the weight throw (3rd place) in 2010, she is a 13-time All-UAA honoree and four-time UAA champion.

"Kristin Constantine is a very explosive, accomplished athlete and a top performer at the University of Chicago. She continues to improve and provide leadership to the rest of our women's team. Kristin is a great athlete and very coachable which makes her a joy to work with everyday," said Sion.

Sabacinski was the UAA discus champion in 2010 and 2011 and five-time All-UAA performer.

"John Sabacinski has improved tremendously throughout his four years as a student-athlete at the University of Chicago. He has transitioned from an athlete that minimally strength-trained in high school to one of the strongest members of our team. John's dedication to increasing power and strength along with developing proper technique in the weight room have helped him become a UAA champion," Sion said.


April 15, 2010 - Strength & Conditioning
Nicole Murphy Earns NSCA National Award

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has awarded University of Chicago senior thrower Nicole Murphy with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award, which recognizes student-athletes' dedication to strength training and conditioning.

One of 232 collegiate athletes from 106 schools representing all NCAA and NAIA Divisions to garner the award, Murphy was selected by U. of C. Associate Head Track & Field Coach Zeb Sion.

"Nicole has improved significantly over her four years as a collegiate athlete," Sion said. "She has been a three-time All-American, once in the outdoor shot put (2nd place) and twice in the indoor shot put (4th, 7th place). Since I became her coach, her power clean has improved by over 60 pounds. These strength gains are directly correlated to her improved throwing performance. She has broken school and conference records in the shot put by throwing 46' 8". Nicole is one of those athletes that every coach wants to work with on a daily basis."

Robert Jursnick, NSCA's Executive Director adds, "The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."

The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Ind., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.