Track & Field |
April 23, 2013
Former University of Cincinnati runner Kathy Klump (Aurora, Ind./South Dearborn) was named the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association College Sportswoman of the Year, as announced at the 20th annual awards banquet on Tuesday, April 23 at the Savannah Center in West Chester, Ohio.
She also earned the track and field college sports woman of the year honors at the banquet.
The Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association College Sportswoman of the Year is presented to a woman playing at a local college who demonstrates superior athletic achievement. Other considerations include academic standards, community involvement, and outstanding leadership qualities. It marks the second straight year a UC student-athlete has won the award with Missy Harpenau winning the honor in 2012.
Klump was selected from a pool of six finalists, including local student-athletes from Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University and Thomas More College.
Klump closed out her Bearcats career as a three-time All-American, four-time BIG EAST Conference Champion (Indoor 500 meters twice, indoor 800 meters, outdoor 4x400 relay), the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Most Outstanding Track Performer and the holder of five UC school records.
She clocked a personal-best and school-record time of 2:03.35 in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.
Klump graduated in the summer of 2012 with bachelor of science degree in clinical health sciences while posting a 3.184 GPA.
Men's cross country and track and field head coach, Bill Schnier, who is set to retire at the end of the 2013 outdoor season after 33 years at UC, was also honored at the banquet.
Schnier came to UC in 1980 and has led the Bearcats men's and women's cross country and track and field teams to unprecedented success. UC track and field and cross country teams have won 12 of the school's 15 conference team titles and 160 individual/relay titles since Schnier arrived. There have been 25 student-athletes who have earned qualification for NCAA national championships, 10 of which went on to become All-Americans. The men's cross country indoor and outdoor track and field teams have won the All-Ohio championship eight times under Schnier's tutelage. In addition, two of Schnier's student-athletes have gone on to win Olympic medals.
Schnier has been named conference coach of the year 15 times and was twice selected as Ohio cross country coach of the year. He was named the Conference USA coach of the decade in both cross country and track and field (1995-2005). An astounding 47 of the programs' 53 school records were set during his time at UC. He coached such notables as NBC Olympic track and field analyst Lewis Johnson and Olympic medalists David Payne and Mary Wineberg. It was also under Schnier's watch that the UC women's track and field and cross country programs were formed.