Ghana’s former Youth Olympics gold medalist Martha Bissah reigned supreme over a lot of contenders to be named Norfolk State University’s Female Athlete of the Year at the athletics department’s end-of-year awards ceremony on Monday.
Martha Bissah burst onto the scene with a memorable freshman track season.
She won four gold medals to earn Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete at the MEAC Indoor Championship in February.
She won the 800, mile and 3,000 meter events at the indoor championship and also ran a leg on NSU’s winning distance medley relay team.
Bissah has continued that success during outdoor season, as she is currently in qualifying position for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 800 meters.
She is the MEAC’s top-ranked runner in both the 800 and 1,500 meters thus far.
Bissah is the first NSU female to earn outstanding runner honors at a MEAC indoor meet since All-American sprinter Debbie Dunn in 1999.
Martha won an athletic grant to the Norfolk University in the US state of Virginia to continue her studies and her athletic development in 2016.
The scholarship, which comes up to $32,000, was arranged by a former head of the Ghana Athletic Association, George Lutterodt. to help with the career development of Ghana’s only Olympic gold medallist in recent times.