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Samantha Edwards from Elmont, N.Y., named 'Women's NCAA Athlete of the Year'

5/30/2012, 5:49 p.m.
Samantha Edwards from Elmont, N.Y., named 'Women's NCAA Athlete of the Year'

Virginia State University's Samantha Edwards and head coach Jason-Lamont Jackson were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the NCAA Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year and the NCAA Atlantic Region Women's Head Coach of the Year, respectively, for the 2012 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field season.

The Lady Trojans' five-time All-American, Edwards was named the NCAA Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments during the 2012 outdoor season. She entered the NCAA Championship ranked No. 1 in the women's 400-meter dash and No. 3 in the women's 200-meter dash. Edwards is the 2012 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion in the 400-meter and runner-up in the 200-meter. Edwards has the fastest time in NCAA Division II in the 400 meters, with a season-best of 52.15, and the second-fastest time in the 200 meters at 23.80. Edwards competed in those events over three days at Pueblo, Colo.

Jackson, VSU's second-year head coach, was named NCAA Atlantic Region Women's Head Coach of the Year. Jackson led the Lady Trojans to their first-ever CIAA Women's Outdoor Championship. The Trojans had five entries in the sprints and hurdles and mid-distance events in the NCAA Championships.