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Published on September 02, 2020

Student athletes receive university and national honors

OtengRahman Oteng Receives All-America Honors

Sophomore Rahman Oteng of Accra, Ghana, was named an All-American along with every individual who qualified for the NCAA Division III National Indoor Track & Field Championships scheduled for March 13-14 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the event. Oteng was the eighth seed with a time of 6.86 in the 60 meters and was New England’s top seed.

As the No. 1 seed, Oteng had won the New England Division III 60-meter title Feb. 29 with a program-record time of 6.90 in the

final. The previous weekend, he had set a meet record at 55 meters at the Little East Conference Championships with a winning time of 6.38.

Oteng becomes the 17th All-American and eighth different individual in the history of the Eastern men’s and women’s track & field program.

McKoskyBonnie Edmondson Senior Female SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award

Senior cross country and track and field letter-winner Samantha McKosky of Deep River was selected as the 22nd recipient of the Bonnie J. Edmondson Senior Female SportsPersonof-the-Year Award for 2019-20.

McKosky closed out her indoor career this past winter by becoming the first woman to win the Little East Conference mile run for a record third straight season and being voted LEC female Track Athlete-of-the-Year. In cross country, she earned All-LEC honors three times and was named LEC Rookie-of-the-Year as a freshman.

Presented for the 20th straight year, the award is named in honor of the former two-time All-American in the discus who distinguished herself on the professional level in the discus and hammer. She is a member of the USATF women’s track & field executive committee and chairperson of the Women’s Commission.

JensenFrancis E. Geissler Senior Male SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award

Senior soccer midfielder Justin Jensen of Wethersfield was selected as the 22nd recipient of the Francis E. Geissler Senior Male SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award for 2019-20.

A two-year team captain, Jensen’s career spanned 2015-19. He received a hardship waiver in 2017 after injuring himself in the season-opener.

Presented for the 20th straight year, the award is named in honor of Eastern’s former athletic director and baseball/basketball coach who served the University from 1948-77.