Marauders LogoTitles generally equal accolades and the four-time conference champion University of Mary women’s track and field team earned two major honors today.

No stranger to these awards, Mike Thorson was named the Northern Sun Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year and Kathryn Stewart is a repeat choice as the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

The award recipients are selected by the NSIC coaches. Another spectacular performance at the conference championships earned Stewart the Northern Sun Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year honors for the second straight season.

The senior from Kingston, Jamaica, won four events at the 2015 outdoor championships. She captured the 200 meter dash for third straight year and also won the 100 meter dash. Stewart separated from the field on the final leg on the Marauders winning 4×100 meter relay and ran on the victorious and NSIC record-setting 4×400 meter relay team. In her four outdoor seasons, Stewart has been a part of a conference championship team each year and won a combined 11 individual and relay team titles. A seven-time All-American and the 2015 NSIC Indoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, Stewart was selected to compete in the 200 meter dash and the 4×100 and the 4×400 meter relays at the 2015 NCAA Division II national track and field championships. Stewart is a member of the Northern Sun all-academic team and earned the Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction award.

For the fourth straight year and the seventh time in nine years Thorson has earned NSIC women’s outdoor coach of the year honors. The Marauders Hall of Fame coach led Mary to the 2015 championship by 53 points over the runner-up. The squad claimed the championship while winning eight events. It was the fourth consecutive outdoor title and the seventh in the nine seasons Mary has competed in the Northern Sun. Previously this year Thorson was named the NSIC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year after the Marauders won their sixth indoor title in nine years.

Sarah Wells of Wayne State College is the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year while Augustana’s Leah Seiert is the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Newcomer of the Year.

Stewart and eight of her teammates next compete at the 2015 NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 21-23.