Feb. 28, 2003
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Atlantic Coast Conference high jump champion Chaunte Howard was named the league’s Rookie of the Year for women’s indoor track and field, the conference office announced Friday. The league’s nine head coaches voted on the award winners.
Howard won her first conference title by clearing a season-best 6’0.00″ in the high jump, a mark that provisionally qualifies her for the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and ranks as the nation’s fourth-best performance this season. Additionally, the native of Riverside, Calif., garnered all-conference honors in the triple jump with a third-place finish and a NCAA provisional mark of 41’9.75″. Howard was also a member of Tech’s second-place 4×400-meter relay team.
Howard’s indoor mark of 6’0.00″ in the high jump ties her as the second-best performer in Tech history, while her leap of 41’9.75″ in the triple jump ties her as Tech’s third-best indoor performer of all-time in that event. She also ranks as Tech’s fifth-best indoor long jump performer with a mark of 19’8.25″.
Howard is the first Tech woman to garner ACC Rookie of the Year honors for indoor or outdoor track. On the men’s side, Brian Ford won indoor rookie honors last year, while Brendon Mahoney captured both indoor and outdoor accolades in 2000.