Feb. 8, 2012
Queens, N.Y. -
In recognition of her hard work and excellence on the athletic field and in the classroom, St. John's track & field student-athlete Nicole Cocozza received the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete Awards.
The BIG EAST selects one female scholar-athlete from each member institution who embodies the best qualities of collegiate athletics. The conference's Academic Affairs Committee makes the final decision based on on-field accomplishments, classroom merit and community involvement.
Cocozza, a native of Cranston, R.I., excelled for St. John's in the fall cross country season, as she finished first on the team in all but one race. She has carried that success over into the indoor track & field season where she has qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in the one-mile run. During last year's outdoor season, she was a member of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed first at the Metropolitan Championships.
An English and legal studies double-major, Cocozza receives $2,000 toward graduate studies for her achievement. She has served as the Editor-In-Chief of the St. John's Legal Society and has aspirations of one day becoming a lawyer.
Marquette University soccer player Natalie Kulla was named the 2011-12 American