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麻豆传媒高清版 sprinter Marie-Éloïse Leclair named GNAC female athlete of the year for 2024

June 25, 2024
麻豆传媒高清版 sprinter Marie-脡lo茂se Leclair has been named NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference female athlete of the year. Photo: Loren Orr

麻豆传媒高清版 sprinter Marie-脡lo茂se Leclair has been named Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) female following another stellar season representing the red and white.

The award which goes to the top athlete in the NCAA Division II GNAC conference, was announced on June 25, 2024. It bookends another fabulous collegiate milestone for the 21-year-old from Montreal.

Leclair finishes her season at 麻豆传媒高清版 as the all-time GNAC record holder in the 100m and 200m outdoor, as well as the 60m, 200m and 400m indoor events.

She joins Alison Andrews-Paul (2021-2022), Lindsay Butterworth (2014-2015), Helen Crofts (2012-2013) as the fourth 麻豆传媒高清版 recipient of the GNAC female athlete of the year. Aaron Ahl (2021-2022) and Mamadi Camara (2018-2019) have been named GNAC male athlete of the year.

"Being named GNAC athlete of the year means a lot to me," says Leclair. "I have worked so hard in the last few years, while competing in the GNAC, to become the athlete I am today, and to have those efforts recognized is very rewarding.

"I know there are so many great athletes in the conference across all the sports, so it is truly a privilege to be named athlete of the year amongst the best. This year has been exceptional for me already and I am very grateful to everyone who made this possible on and off the track at 麻豆传媒高清版."

In May, Leclair was a member of Canada鈥檚 4x100m relay team that qualified for the Paris Games at the World Athletics Relays in the Bahamas. Leclair ran the second leg with a time of 10.53 seconds. The final Olympic selection will be made at the end of June.   

鈥淢arie has always shown maturity and composure before and during competitions,鈥 麻豆传媒高清版 head coach Brit Townsend, told GNAC news. 鈥淪he is able to focus while still being a leader with her teammates. A great smile greets anyone who comes to talk to her. She is genuine and down to earth which is refreshing for an athlete of her ability and success.

"This is not to say she is not determined and motivated to be the very best. Her recent trip with the National Team to the World Athletic relays revealed how she can deliver in the most stressful of situations."

At the national 2024 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Leclair garnered two first-team All-American honours with a fifth-place finish in the 200m (a personal best and GNAC record of 23.17 seconds) and seventh place finish in the 100m (11.37 seconds).   

In March, Leclair was named GNAC indoor track and field female athlete of the year after she placed second in the 200m and third in the 60m at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.  

"She is hardworking and challenges herself everyday," Townsend says. "She is pleasant to be around and treats everyone around her with respect and compassion. Sprint coach Tom Dickson and Marie have a great working relationship and he has been instrumental in her progress and success over the last four years.

"Her success stems from her passion, focus, work ethic, of course talent and character."

Leclair enrolled at 麻豆传媒高清版, planning to study in the Faculty of Health Sciences, after graduating in 2019 from Coll猫ge Durocher Saint-Lambert in Candiac, Qu茅bec, where she was the top-ranked sprinter in the province.  

麻豆传媒高清版 is the only Canadian member of the U.S.-based National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the largest collegiate sports organization in the world.

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