(INDIANAPOLIS) – Sarah Berger will have the chance to win more national honors as she has been selected as a nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. For 28 years, the award has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service, and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.
Already this year Berger has been the recipient of the G-MAC Athlete of the Year Award and Female Collegiate Achievement Award back at the spring awards banquet in Blue Ash, Ohio. She capped her senior season at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C., with a national title in the 1,500-meter run and All-American honors in the 5K.
In the fall as a cross country standout, Berger was the 2017 Great Midwest Runner of the Year, individual runner-up at the national cross country championships and the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year.
In the spring, Berger was crowned the USTFCCA Midwest Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after sweeping Great Midwest Women's Track Athlete of the Meet at the outdoor conference championships and Great Midwest Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
She shattered a number of conference records in both cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2018, more than 200,000 women are playing college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 581 nominations for this prestigious award.
Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees to move forward if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student-athlete. Each conference nominee will be notified by the NCAA, and all conference-round nominees will be announced on ncaa.org in early August.
Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.
The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.
You can learn more about the award program, next steps and previous winners by visiting ncaa.org/woty.