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MM 5.27: Maryland track and field’s Gwendolyn Zeckowski earns Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.


Maryland track and field junior pole vaulter Gwendolyn Zeckowski received the 2021 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award, which recognizes six student-athletes who have conquered various struggles while engaging in intercollegiate athletics.

“These student-athletes have overcome many obstacles in their lives, and demonstrated grit, resilience, determination, and strength. They are outstanding examples of the power of the human spirit, and we are proud to honor them,” Ursula Gurney, N4A President and Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA, said in a May 26 press release.

During the 2019 outdoor season, the South River High School athlete achieved multiple third-place finishes, captured seventh (3.57m) at the George Mason Spring Invitational and fourth (3.65m) at the Penn Relays. The pole vaulter also secured 19th (3.72m) at the Big Ten Championships.

Throughout the 2019 indoor season, Zeckowski obtained third (3.65m) at the Liberty Flames Invite, finished fourth (3.65m) at the Navy Select and captured 17th (3.64m) at the Big Ten Championship.

However, Zeckowski began suffering ischemic strokes in February 2020. The athlete was then diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease, a disease that impacts one’s arteries and blood vessels in the brain.

Zeckowski returned to College Park for the start of the 2020-2021 school year to train and take classes after spending the summer recovering from surgery. The pole vaulter remains on track to graduate as well as compete again.

In other news

Maryland football landed a commitment from Class of 2021 JUCO center Aric Harris.

Maryland football had its home matchup with Iowa rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 1.

Lauren provided key points from women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese’s extension.

Maryland track and field star Caleb Dean advances to the NCAA quarterfinals.

The Big Ten announced conference field hockey matchups for the 2021 fall season.

Several Maryland athletes received the Rodman Postgraduate Scholarship.