Auburn University sprinter Sheniqua Ferguson (middle) accepts the Academy’s 2010 Athlete of the Year Award from Dr. Fred Cromartie, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, (left) as head track and field coach Ralph Spry looks on. The award presentation occurred at the War Eagle Invitational on Saturday, April 16 at Auburn University.
Auburn University sprinter Sheniqua Ferguson accepted the 2010 Alabama Female Athlete of the Year Award from the United States Sports Academy during the War Eagle Invitational Track and Field Meet held at Auburn University on Saturday, April 16.
Presenting the award to Ferguson was Dr. Fred Cromartie, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Doctoral Studies, who received the 2002 Alumnus of the Year Award from the Academy.
Ferguson, a senior from Nassau, Bahamas, is the reigning NCAA 200-meter indoor champion and the SEC Female Runner of the Year after winning titles in the SEC Outdoor Championships last year in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4×100-meter relay.
“When my coach first told me about it, the two of us were really excited,” Ferguson said. “It’s a big award. I am happy to be selected out of all the athletes in every sport.”
“It’s an honor and privilege to have this award presented to one of our student-athletes,” said head track coach Ralph Spry. “Sheniqua has had a tremendous career up to this point, and we’re excited about her senior year. It’s always nice to see somebody that works as hard as Sheniqua does – both on the track and in the classroom – be recognized for her accomplishments.”
Ferguson’s 2010 track and field season in was filled with outstanding performances. Ferguson won the NCAA Indoor Championships title in the 200 meters in 23.09 seconds – the third fastest time in the school’s indoor history. It also makes her the second Auburn woman to win the 200-meter indoor title.
In the outdoor season, Ferguson placed sixth nationally in both the 100 and 200 meters and ran on the seventh-place team in the 4×100-meter relays, earning All-American honors in all three events.
Running against the world’s best helped Ferguson prepare for the 2010 season. She represented the Bahamas in the 2009 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Ferguson was a semifinalist in the 200 meters and a quarterfinalist in the 100 meters at the World Championships, helping the Bahamas to a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter relay. At the 2008 Olympics, she reached the 200-meter quarterfinals before being eliminated.