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Wednesday, October 23, 2002
NASHVILLE---Mercy Udoji, a member of the TSU cross country and track teams was one of six student-athletes selected as an Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete for 2002-2003. The six winners were selected from a group of 16 finalists and voted on by the OVC faculty athletic representatives. This prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women senior athletes who have demonstrated not only superior academic and athletic achievements but also exhibit exceptional leadership qualities. The Nashville native is a key member of the cross country and track teams. Udoji and the Tigerbelles captured the OVC championship titles in indoor and outdoor track the last two years. Udoji placed third in the 800 meters at the 2002 indoor conference championships and second in the same event at the 2002 outdoor championships. In the classroom, Udoji has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in biology/pre-med and minoring in chemistry. She is an OVC Medal of Honor winner and has been featured in Black Voices Quarterly among top students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She serves as the secretary of the Health Professional Leadership Council and the Student National Medical Association. Udoji is also the vice president of the American Medical Student Association and an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Other award winners include Rachel Ahlers of the University of Tennessee at Martin, Stephen Gordon of Tennessee Technological University, Alan Horton of Eastern Kentucky University, David Rella of Eastern Illinois University, and Laura Van Hoevelaak of Southeast Missouri State University.