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April 17, 2014

Columbia's Marvellous Iheukwumere Named 2014 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award Recipient

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars of the Year Release

Story courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations

FAIRFAX, Va. –- Senior member of the Columbia women's track and field squad Marvellous Iheukwumere was named a 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars of the Year on Thursday, April 10. She is one of four collegiate students selected for the award from a pool of more than 600 minority student-athletes nominated by their schools based on outstanding academic and athletic performance.

On the track, Iheukwumere earned the title of "fastest woman in the Ivy League" last season, sweeping the sprint events in both the indoor and outdoor Heptagonal Championships in 2013. For her career, the Austin, Texas native has six Ancient Eight crowns (five individual, one relay) and holds the program record in the indoor 60-meter dash with a time of 7.46.

A psychology major, Iheukwumere has been on the Dean's List every semester since the spring of 2011, is a three-time Academic All-Ivy League selection and was named CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in the spring of 2013.

Iheukwumere is also involved with several organizations in the community, including Level the Field – an educational sports mentoring program to serve children in low-income urban communities.

Other winners of the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award for 2014 are Ishaq Pitt (Maryland-Eastern Shore, men's basketball), Michell Ikoma (North Carolina, women's gymnastics) and John Urschel (Penn State, football). In recognition of the 30-year anniversary of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the organization that presents the awards, four student-athletes were honored instead of the usual two.

The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award was initiated in 1992 as a way of celebrating college students who demonstrated the quest of excellence envisioned by the late tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe Jr.