NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Nominees – Track & Field and Cross Country

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

August 20, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Seven track & field and cross country student-athletes have been named among the Top 30 nominees for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Brigetta Barrett of Arizona, Michelle Favre of Ramapo, Nachelle Mackie of BYU, Ifeatu Okafor of Texas Tech, Julia Sizek of the University of Chicago, Nekesha Whitaker of Clark Atlanta and Amanda Winslow of Florida State are among the final 30 candidates for the honor.

For more information on the award, see the official release from the NCAA below.

 

Official NCAA Release

Top 30 Woman of the Year nominees announced; first Paralympic student-athlete honored

INDIANAPOLIS - Thirty women, selected from a group of more than 450 nominees, have been chosen as the top 30 honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award. This year, the top 30 class includes the program’s first Paralympic student-athlete and three international nominees.

Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award. The 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.

The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

  • Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.79 grade-point average and nearly 50 Academic All-America honors.
  • The top 30 earned 12 national championships (individual and team) and more than 80 All-America honors.
  • The top 30 volunteered for 365 organizations during their college careers.
  • Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.

Anna Soho, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair, described the extraordinary commitment to academics and athletics by each of the top 30 honorees.

“These distinguished women are truly quintessential NCAA student-athletes, demonstrating dedication not only to athletic achievement but academic excellence and community leadership as well,” said Soho. “The NCAA applauds their achievements, and we know that they will continue to be role models and make a positive impact on the world.”

The top 30 honorees are:

Name Div Conference Institution Sport(s)
Anderson, Amy I The Summit League North Dakota State University Golf
Barrett, Brigetta I Pac-12 Conference University of Arizona Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Boudreau, Lauren II Sunshine State Conference Nova Southeastern University Rowing
Brauer, Caitlin II Northeast-10 Conference The College of Saint Rose Swimming and Diving
Collado, Olivia II Heartland Conference St. Edward’s University Soccer
Crosley, Elena III New England Small College Athletic Conference Bowdoin College Field Hockey
DeLozier, Torey III Northern Athletics Conference Maranatha Baptist Bible College Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Dru, Becky I Independent Stanford University Field Hockey
Duffy, Elizabeth II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Concordia University, St. Paul Volleyball
Favre, Michelle III New Jersey Athletic Conference Ramapo College Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Green, Stephanie III USA South Athletic Conference Christopher Newport University Lacrosse
Hatlen, Kaaren III Northwest Conference Pacific Lutheran University Softball
Hwang, I-Hsuan (Annie) II Pacific West Conference Brigham Young University, Hawaii Tennis
Jordan, Cortney III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conf. California Lutheran University Swimming and Diving
Kalin, Jacqueline I Missouri Valley Conference University of Northern Iowa Basketball
Krauser, Grace II South Atlantic Conference Wingate University Volleyball
Mackie, Nachelle I West Coast Conference Brigham Young University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Majam, Kelly I Big West Conference University of Hawaii, Manoa Softball
Malavassi, Monica II Gulf South Conference University of West Florida Soccer
Maseko, Alexandra I Big East Conference Seton Hall University Basketball
Milks, Shelly III Old Dominion Athletic Conf. Lynchburg College Field Hockey
Okafor, Ifeatu I Big 12 Conference Texas Tech University Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Priess, Ashley I Southeastern Conference University of Alabama Gymnastics
Shull, Kayla II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Clarion University of Pennsylvania Swimming and Diving
Sizek, Julia III University Athletic Association University of Chicago Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
Soares, Bridgett II East Coast Conference Long Island University/LIU Post Lacrosse
Stankaitis, Emily III Landmark Conference Susquehanna University Lacrosse
Swaner, Lya III American Southwest Conference East Texas Baptist University Softball
Whitaker, Nekesha II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Clark Atlanta University Cross Country, Outdoor Track and Field
Winslow, Amanda I Atlantic Coast Conference Florida State University Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field