Greg Goings
April 7, 2006

            (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – )  The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) recently awarded Bowie State’s Ricci Alleyne and Terrence Stafford with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award – recognizing the student-athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.

            This year, the NSCA awarded 242 collegiate athletes from 160 schools with this esteemed award.  Alleyene and Stafford were selected by strength coach Ed Page, who said, “Ricci exemplifies the standard of excellence we strive for here at Bowie State University.  She was all All-CIAA performer during the indoor season in the 60m hurdles, 400m dash and 1600m relay.  In last years outdoor season she earned All-Conference honors in the 100m hurdles, 400m dash, 400m intermediate hurdles and was a member of the 1600m relay championship team.  Ricci is a two-time Division II All-American and a member of the 2004-2005 CIAA Commissioner’s Academic Team.  She has achieved all of this while maintaining a 3.72 GPA.  Ricci is a spectacular athlete and a wonderful person.  Her hard work and dedication in the weight-room and classroom have paid serious dividends in her accomplishments.”

            As for Stafford, Page said, “Terrence “Money” Stafford had a break-out season this year.  The 6’ 196 lb. junior led the team in tackles (95), had three interceptions (two returned for TD’s), and was among the nation’s leaders in tackles for losses.  None of his accomplishments would have been possible without his dedication and commitment to our training regimen.  Since his freshman year, he has grasped the concept that hard work truly pays off.  To add to all of his athletic accomplishments, “Money” maintains a 3.76 GPA.”

            Robert Jursnick, NSCA’s Executive Director adds, “The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics.  These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”

            The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 27th year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.