Three NCAA Woman of the Year Finalists Competed In Track & Field

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Nine former college athletes have been named finalists for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The nine finalists – including three from each NCAA division – demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Finalists were selected from the Top 30 Woman of the Year honorees, made up of 10 women from each division. In 2021, schools nominated 535 graduating female student-athletes for this prestigious award.

Three of those nine finalists competed in track & field during their career: Mikayla Bisignani of Johns Hopkins, Anna Cockrell of Southern California and Eka Jose of Washington (Mo.).

Two recent winners of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award were track & field athletes: Angela Mercurio of Nebraska in 2019; Keturah Orji of Georgia in 2018 (Orji also won The Bowerman that year).

Dating back to 1991, 11 winners competed in at least one of our sports, including three of the first four recipients: Mary Beth Riley of Canisius in the inaugural year of 1991; Nnenna Lynch of Villanova in 1993; Tanya Hughes of Arizona in 1994.

Past Winners of NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Name
Program
Sport(s)
Year
Mary Beth Riley
Canisius
Cross Country
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
1991
Nnenna Lynch
Villanova
Cross Country
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
1993
Tanya Hughes
Arizona
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
1994
Jamilia Demby
UC Davis
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
1999
Tanisha Silas
UC Davis
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2002
Anne Bersagel
Wake Forest
Cross Country
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2006
Laura Bariot
Stevens
Swimming & Diving
Outdoor Track & Field
2011
Elizabeth Phillips
WashU
Cross Country
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2012
Ifeatu Okafor
Texas Tech
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2013
Keturah Orji
Georgia
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2018
Angela Mercurio
Nebraska
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
2019