Coppin State Track & Field’s Cathryn Lane Named MEAC Woman of the Year

By Steve Kramer, Director of Athletic Communications


NORFOLK, Va.– The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named Cathryn Lane from Coppin State University as the 2022 Woman of the Year, the conference office announced.

The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of senior female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership. This is the second-straight year that a CSU student-athlete received the MEAC Woman of the Year as former volleyball standout Salma Gonzalez took home the honor in 2021. Christina Epps (2014) was the only other Coppin State student-athlete to win the award.

“It is my honor to congratulate Cathryn Lane as the first MEAC Woman of the Year during my tenure as commissioner,” MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills said. “Cathryn has had a spectacular career, not just on the track, but also in the classroom and the community. She is the embodiment of the term ‘student-athlete,’ and I want to thank Coppin State’s coaches, athletics staff and academic support personnel, as well as Cathryn’s family, for their part in her success.”

The 2021-22 campaign saw Lane earn All-Region honors with the 4×400-meter relay team, which competed in the NCAA East Preliminary and ran a season-best 3:38.73. She also earned Second Team All-MEAC honors this past season in the outdoor 4×100-meter relay and the indoor 4×400-meter relay – and during the MEAC Indoor Championships, she set personal bests in the 200 and 400 meters.

Lane helped the Eagles win gold in the 4×400-meter relay this past April in the Norfolk State Invitational, running a 3:39.00 (which was a season best prior to the NCAA East Preliminary race).

In February 2020, Lane earned Third Team All-MEAC honors in the indoor 4×400-meter relay.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Lane earned a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating with a 3.59 GPA. In 2019, she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and she was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society in 2020. 2021 saw Lane named a Featherstone Scholar with the William and Lanea Foundation.

A three-time MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team honoree, Lane was a member of the National League for Nursing Leadership in 2021-22, and 2022 also saw her named a Mercy Hospital Alumnae Scholar by the Nursing Foundation of Maryland and the Deb Moss Foundation’s Jackie Robinson Award.

Lane was equally active in the community. In 2021, she participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, helping raise funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. She also coordinated the recruitmenmt of 35 student-athlete volunteers for the First Lady Wellness Challenge, and 2021 also saw Lane volunteer at the Waxter Senior Center, leading aerobics classes and educating seniors on cardiovascular health, nutrition and disease prevention.

In 2022, Lane gave a presentation for Red Dress Sunday, educating the community of cardiovascular diseases risk factors and methods of prevention.

Lane is now a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which will be named in the fall.

MEAC Woman of the Year Honorees
2006   Renecia Lovelace, North Carolina A&T State (Softball)
2007   Courtney Smiley, Howard (Basketball)
2008   Jessica Worsley, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2009   Loreal Smith, North Carolina A&T State (Track & Field)
2010   Kalyn Washburn, Delaware State (Bowling)
2011   Kristina Frahm, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2012   Jazmyne Hefflefinger, Delaware State (Bowling)
2013   T’nia Falbo, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2014   Christina Epps, Coppin State (Track & Field)
2015   Mariana Alvarado Nava, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2016   Jenny Tracy, North Carolina Central (Softball)
2017   Thashaina Seraus, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2018   Lyndsey Edwards, Bethune-Cookman (Basketball)
2019   Damali Young, Morgan State (Softball)
2020   Alelee Figueroa, Florida A&M (Track & Field)
2021   Salma Gonzalez, Coppin State (Volleyball)

2022    Cathryn Lane, Coppin State (Cross Country/Track & Field)

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