Koita Earns MAAC Performer of the Week Honors
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – After just three weeks as a member of the Manhattan College men’s outdoor track & field team, Mohamed Koita (Cergy, France) made history. He set a school record while winning the Eastern high jump at the 119th Penn Relays on Friday. For that performance, Koita was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Performer of the Week.
A senior who had a stellar four-year career with the men’s basketball squad, helping the Jaspers reach this year’s MAAC Championship Game, Koita joined the track team at the conclusion of basketball season. He wowed the crowd at Franklin Field by clearing 2.20 meters (seven feet, 2½ inches) on his third attempt to break the meet record in the event. Koita would’ve finished second in the Championship high jump with that leap, which broke Rich Alexander’s 33-year-old school-record of 2.18 m (7’1¾).
In addition, Koita achieved the qualifying standard for the World University Games, which will be held in Kazan, Russia from July 6-17. He’s currently ranked 12th in the NCAA and tied for 31st place on the 2013 world outdoor list.
He becomes the third different Manhattan man to earn MAAC Performer of the Week honors during the outdoor season. Brian McGovern (Yonkers, N.Y.) was recognized on March 26 and April 9, while Tom Bechert (Munich, Germany) took home the award on April 16. Lydia Wehrli (Anieres, Switzerland) (March 26, April 2), Milena Stoicev (Nis, Serbia) (April 9) and Doreen Horschig (Lumpzig, Germany) (April 16) have also been honored on the women’s side.The Jaspers look to defend their conference title at this weekend’s MAAC Outdoor Championships. Competition gets underway at 4 p.m. on Saturday, while Sunday’s action begins at 11 a.m.