BALTIMORE--Former UMBC track and field standout and NCAA champion Cleopatra Borel, who was named Trinidad and Tobago's 2010 Sportswoman of the Year, is preparing for the 2011 World Track and Field Championships, which will be held Aug. 27-Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
Borel, who won the 2002 NCAA Indoor National Championship in the shot put for UMBC, won gold at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Championships with a throw of 18.76m (61'6.58"). She also became the first woman in Trinidad and Tobago's history to earn a medal at the Commonwealth games after taking home silver in at the 2010 games with a heave of 19.03m (62'5.21").
She was named Sportswoman of the Year by the First Citizens Sports Foundation in early 2011 and became the first woman in Trinidad and Tobago's history to win the award three times, as she also won in 2002 and in 2007.
Borel, who is an assistant coach at Morgan State University, has competed at the Summer Olympics twice, placing 10th in 2004 in Athens, Greece, and 17th in 2008 in Beijing, China.