2022 CWSA Honda Sport Award Winners For Track & Field Announced

Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Denisha Cartwright of Minnesota State and Ari Marks of Wellesley were named the recipients of the Honda Sport Award For Track & Field, as recently announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 46 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2022 Honda Cup which will be presented during the live telecast of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Presented by Honda on CBS Sports Network on June 27, at 9 ET (6 PT).

Steiner, who won the honor in NCAA Division I, starred on the track throughout the 2022 track & field cycle. The Ohio native unified the 200-meter collegiate records and swept the national title slate clean. Most recently, Steiner shattered the outdoor collegiate record at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships with her 21.80 winner. That also made Steiner the eighth-fastest performer in U.S. history and No. 21 in world history. Steiner also placed third in the 100 and split 48.92 on the Wildcats’ 4×400 relay to bring the team from fourth to first on the third leg, a lead they would never relinquish. That same 4×400 squad broke a collegiate record earlier in the season at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Indoors, Steiner set collegiate records in both the 200 and 300, in addition to establishing a meet record in the 200 at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships.

Cartwright, who snagged the award in NCAA Division II, made quick work of the competition in 2022. The Bahamas native earned four First-Team All-America honors at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships behind a victory in the 100-meter hurdles, a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters, a seventh-place finish in the 100 meters and a carry on the winning 4×100 relay. Earlier in the season, Cartwright scored 28.5 points at the NSIC Outdoor Championships thanks to winning the 100H, helping out the first-place 4×100 relay, and taking runner-up honors in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. Indoors, Cartwright won the national title in the 60-meter hurdles and placed eighth in the 60.

Marks, who was the NCAA Division III honoree, captured titles left and right in 2022. The Oregon native completed the distance double at the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a near 11-second victory in the 5000 meters and a 27-second triumph in the 10,000 meters. Her winning time of 16:08.90 in the 5000 moved her up to No. 4 on the NCAA DIII all-time chart. During the regular season, Marks went nearly undefeated in both events and won both at the DIII New England Outdoor Championships with a PR of 34:16.45 in the 25-lapper. Marks also set a PR in the 1500 meters of 4:34.06 at the MIT Final Qualifier. Indoors, Marks finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships in both the 3000 and 5000.

About The CWSA

The CWSA, entering its 46th year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.  Since commencing its partnership in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.4 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.