MEAC Names Kobe-Jordan Rhooms 2022 Male Student-Athlete of the Year

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NORFOLK, Va., July 18, 2022 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named Kobe-Jordan Rhooms from Morgan State University as the 2022 Male Student-Athlete of the Year, the conference office has announced.

This marks the third straight year in which the award has gone to a student-athlete from Morgan State.

“Congratulations to Kobe-Jordan Rhooms for being named the 2022 Male Student-Athlete of the Year,” MEAC Commissioner Sonja Stills said. “He has had a remarkable career for Morgan State, a consistent track record of excellence not just in the realm of competition, but also in the classroom and in the community.”

A captain of the Bears track & field squad, Rhooms was the Outstanding Field Performer in the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships this past February after finishing second in the high jump (to earn Second Team All-MEAC honors) and third in both the long jump and triple jump, named Third Team All-MEAC in both events.

In this past outdoor season, Rhooms won the MEAC title in the triple jump, while finishing second in the high jump. The Montego Bay, Jamaica, native also competed in the triple jump at the NCAA East Preliminary

A May 2021 graduate of Morgan State with a degree in biology, Rhooms was a familiar presence on both the Deans’s List and the AD’s Honor Roll. He was a member of Morgan State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where he served as president this past academic year, as well as the Academic Enrichment Program and Caribbean Students Association.

Rhooms, who has also been named to the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team three times, is currently pursuing a graduate degree in public health. His eventual goal is to attend medical school, and he also wants to use grad school as an opportunity to take the MCAT.

In addition, Rhooms works on Morgan State’s campus as a servant leader with the Office of Residence Life and Housing as an academic enrichment staff – working directly with students to help them achieve academic success.

For his exploits on and off the track, Rhooms was named Morgan State’s Student-Athlete of the Year.

MEAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year Honorees
2012 — Jared Baldwin, North Carolina A&T State (Track & Field)
2013 — Joseph Hutchinson, North Carolina Central (Football)
2014 — Nesly Marcellon, Bethune-Cookman (Football)
2015 — Ishaq Pitt, Maryland Eastern Shore (Men’s Basketball)
2016 — Reginald Johnson, Jr., Hampton (Men’s Basketball)
2017 — Khalil Rmidi Kinini, Maryland Eastern Shore (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2018 — Isaiah Chambers, Maryland Eastern Shore (Baseball)
2019 — Julius Reynolds, North Carolina A&T State (Football)
2020 — Ian McBorrough, Morgan State (Football)
2021 — Troy Baxter, Jr., Morgan State (Men’s Basketball)
2022 – Kobe-Jordan Rhooms, Morgan State (Track & Field)

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