June 22, 2006
Villanova, Pa. - Senior Marina Muncan (Pancevo, Serbia), junior Monique Morgan (Kingston, Jamaica) and sophomore Frances Koons (Allentown, Pa.) each earned All-American honors at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
This is the eighth time Muncan has received All-American recognition. She concluded an impressive week at the NCAA Track and Field Championship by finishing second in the final of the women's 1,500 meter race in Sacramento with a time of 4:15.27. Muncan won the 1,500m each time she ran the event during the 2006 outdoor season. She turned in the first place time at NCAA Regionals with a mark of 4:20.13. The senior also won a BIG EAST title in the 800m (2:07.22).
Koons,who recorded a personal best in an outstanding effort in the preliminary heat, finished in 4:19.76 and placed tenth. The sophomore won the BIG EAST title in the 1,500m with a personal record time of 4:18.86 and received an at-large bid to NCAAs after finishing sixth at regionals.
Muncan and Koons were part of the Penn Relays' champion DMR team that captured the title in 10:57.28. It was Villanova's first DMR title since 1997 and tenth DMR title overall. 'Nova now has 28 first place finishes, the most in the history of the meet.
Morgan once again improved her time in the 100m hurdles, crossing in 13.18 seconds to finish eighth in the nation in the finals of her top event.It marked the highest national finish to date for Morgan, the latest in a long line of elite Villanova hurdlers. Morgan's time in the finals was her fastest among three races at the national meet and her second-fastest of the seven. She registered a personal-best time of 13.06 seconds at the NCAA Regional two weeks ago.
Eighty-six Division I schools are represented on the women's All-America team.
In Division I track and field, the top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including relays, are accorded All-America status. In the individual (non-relay) events, if one or more of the top eight finishers are of another nationality, eight American-born athletes are selected in addition to any foreign-born All-Americans.