RICHMOND, Va. – If you didn't believe the statement, "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger," you might want to start. Need an example? Just look at senior Quina Fortune of the VCU women's track & field squad.

She's been through Hurricane Katrina and lost the two most influential females in her life, but that hasn't stopped her from dominating on the track.

The New Orleans, La. native reached the NCAA East Preliminary Round and has been the driving force for the Black & Gold's resurgence over the past three years.

Her hard work and dedication was rewarded on Wednesday when the Colonial Athletic Association named her CAA Women's Track Athlete of the Year.

"I'm so proud of Quina and the way she bettered herself each and every day, both on and off the track," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "To endure what she had to and still come out on top says a lot about her character and the type of person she is. She's a tremendous ambassador for VCU Track & Field."

Fortune reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary round in the 200-meter dash, where she finished 15th with a time of 23.87.

During the CAA Championship meet, she won conference titles in the 100-meter dash (11.57), 200-meter (23.77) and the 4x100 meter relay (school-record 45.27).

She currently holds school records in both the indoor and outdoor 200m as well as the 4x100 meter relay.

Fortune joins Maria-Elena Calle as the only Rams to ever take home CAA Women's Track Athlete of the Year. Calle took home the honor in 1999 and 2000.