T&F Athletes Among NCAA Woman of the Year Top-30 Honorees

T&F Athletes Among NCAA Woman of the Year Top-30 Honorees


The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee has named the top 30 honorees for the 2016 Woman of the Year Award.

A record 517 school nominees were submitted this year, which was whittled down to 142 conference nominees. The committee selected 30 women from that pool – 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions – representing 13 sports and a host of undergraduate majors, including biology, accounting, criminal justice, education, engineering and computer science.

The top 30 honorees have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

“This year’s top 30 honorees have achieved remarkable things during their time in college,” said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at the University of Georgia. “They are model student-athletes for generations of young women to come, and we are immeasurably proud of their accomplishments.”

The selection committee will name nine finalists – three women from each division – in late September. From the nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2016 Woman of the Year, who will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Highlighted individuals below denote student-athletes from track & field and/or cross country.

Name School Conference
Acker, Rachael University of California, Berkeley Pac-12 Conference
Balinskas, Tracey Molloy College East Coast Conference
Blazing, Lauren Duke University Atlantic Coast Conference
Bombardier, Rachel Castleton University North Athletic Conference
Chappell-Dick, Hannah Eastern Mennonite University Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Coyne, Kendall Northeastern University Colonial Athletic Association
Ellis-Watson, Taylor University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Southeastern Conference
Guo, Margaret Massachusetts Institute of Technology New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference
Hillman, Christina Iowa State University Big 12 Conference
Kahnweiler, Kim Bowdoin College New England Small College Athletic Conference
Kiblinger, Elizabeth Maryville University of St. Louis Great Lakes Valley Conference
Kuhnen, Maia Clayton State University Peach Belt Conference
Leeper, Bri West Texas A&M University Lone Star Conference
Lester, Maurissa Limestone College Conference Carolinas
Martin, Lauren Adams State University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
McCleney, Haylie University of Alabama Southeastern Conference
McCormack, Kara University of Miami (FL) Atlantic Coast Conference
Monnat, Maggie Le Moyne University Northeast-10 Conference
Pruden, Cathleen Mount Holyoke College New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference
Robinson, Marissa Kean University New Jersey Athletic Conference
Rohn, Faith Palm Beach Atlantic University Independent
Siebert, Elayna Carson-Newman University South Atlantic Conference
Spieler, Katie University of Hawaii, Manoa Big West Conference
Steinke, Ruth Carleton College Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Tillo, Emily Boston University Patriot League
Townsend, Haley Kenyon College North Coast Athletic Conference
Turner, Cameasha University of Texas, El Paso Conference USA
Vann, Sasa SUNY- Buffalo State State University of New York Athletic Conference
Viti, Amy Misericordia University Middle Atlantic Conference
Wilson, Channing California State University, Stanislaus California Collegiate Athletic Association