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McKay Earns 2009-10 BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete Award

Tarah McKay

Tarah McKay

Feb. 5, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville cross country and track and field standout Tarah McKay was among 16 winners of the 2009-10 BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete Awards announced by the conference on Friday. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies.

McKay's illustrious cross country career, included six career victories, three runner-up finishes, two NCAA Championship berths and being named All-Region and All-BIG EAST Performer four consecutive seasons. She qualified for the World Cross Country Championships after finishing second at the 2008 ASGI Canadian Cross Country Championships in the women's senior race.

On the track, McKay has been stellar as well. She holds three U of L school records and has been to the NCAA Championships on three occasions.

The St. Clements, Ont. native, who has been a Cardinal Captain for three straight seasons, was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team last year and was among one of the 21 winners of the 2007-08 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards.

McKay is currently majoring in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Science and is also studying Speech Pathology.

Meagan Dooley of the University of Pittsburgh was selected as the 2009-10 BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference during the 2009-10 academic year. Thirty-two student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) receive postgraduate scholarships as the winners of their respective institutions' Scholar-Athlete Awards. The conference also names male and female Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and a Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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