Sprinters Tyrone Omar and Yvonne Bennett cruised their way to the NMASA Male and Female Athletes of the Month awards after their impressive runs in two tournaments last month. 

Omar recorded a season-best 11.03 seconds in the 100m race during the Micronesian Games qualifying tournament and the CNMI National Championships. Omar's time came a month after he lost the 200m run to April Male Athlete of the Month Dennis Ngirchongor.

The May awardee's performance in the 100m run reaffirmed his status as the top sprinter of the Commonwealth and one of the CNMI's strongest bets in the 2010 Micronesian Games in Palau this August.

Omar holds Micronesia's record in 100m at 10.99 seconds, which he posted during the 2007 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. He shares the record with FSM's Jack Howard. Howard and Omar are expected to slug in out in sprint races in Palau.

Bennett is another sprinter who is likely to put the CNMI in the medal podium. She posted a season best 13.17 seconds in the 100m run during the Micro Games qualifier and national championships.

The Kagman High School graduate owns the CNMI mark in the 100m run at 12.99 seconds, which she logged during the 2008 Oceania Championship on Saipan. Besides the 100m mark, the 18-year-old Bennett also holds the CNMI national record in 200m race at 26.94 seconds.

With Bennett and Omar winning the May plums, they are now eligible to battle for the 2010 NMASA Male and Female Athletes of the Year award. They will be competing for the top award against early monthly award winners Jeff Race (January), Peter Loyola (February), Kieran Daly and Mieko Carey (March), and Ngirchongor and Gigi Zapanta (April).

NMASA will choose the top performers of the year once the 12-month list is completed.

Bennett owned the last two NMASA Female Athlete of the Year awards, while tennis' Ji Hoon Heo won the 2010 plum.


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