Ronea Saunders of the Central Connecticut women's track and field team was named NEC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this indoor season, the league announced Tuesday. Saunders earns the honor after claiming a victory this past weekend at the University of Albany Great Dane Classic.
Saunders added to her NEC lead in the high jump with one of the top performances in NCAA Division I this season. The third-year Blue Devil, who set the NEC Outdoor Championship record as a rookie, cleared 1.78m (5' 10") on her final attempt to defeat UConn's Natasha McLaren and take gold at the UAlbany Great Dane Classic. Her height of 1.78m ties her CCSU record for the event.
In addition to qualifying her for the 2014 NEICAAA and IC4A/ECAC Championships, the height ranks Saunders in a tie for 17th overall on the NCAA DI leader board. Only 29 jumpers have cleared the 1.75 mark this season, a height that Saunders reached at the BU Season Opener back on Dec. 7.
Saunders and the rest of the Blue Devils are set to return to action this Saturday at the Boston University Terrier Invitational.