The NCAA announced its 2019 Woman of the Year Award nominations on Wednesday. Central Washington University nominated former Wildcat cross country and track & field runner Alexa Shindruk.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 and is an annual award given to a student-athletes who have completed their eligibility and who best exemplifies the four pillars of the award: academics, athletics, service and leadership.

On the field of competition, Shindruk was one of the best to ever compete in a Wildcat uniform. Just in the 2018-19 academic year, she was a five All-American, a two All-GNAC Academic Award winner, earned two indoor United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region Honors as well as two outdoor USTFCCCA All-Region Honors. Shindruk was a cross country All-American, was a two-time Second Team All-American for indoor track and earned two outdoor track All-American Honors. Shindruk’s dominance athletically and academically did not go unnoticed as she also received the coveted NCAA Elite 90 award for the cross country season. The Elite 90 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site of each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.

Shindruk is set to graduate this upcoming fall with her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She boasts a 4.0 cumulative GPA and was an active member in the community through Central Washington Athletics. During the 2018-19 academic year, Central Washington athletes participated in service opportunities ranging from civic and community service, children and youth community service, human services, arts and culture community service, public safety community service, campus engagement, and education community service. Shindruk was one of many student-athletes that helped give back to the community of Ellensburg.

“Alexa is what I would call the ultimate student-athlete., who lived out to the fullest the balance of school, athletics, service, and social involvement Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Kevin Adkisson said. “She managed her time like no one else and always found time for friends, rest and school.”

This year, the NCAA received a record 585 applications with 131 coming from Division II schools with honorees in 23 different sports. Conferences will next select up to two nominees each from the pool of nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top-30 honorees — 10 from each NCAA division.

The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the top-30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The top-30 honorees will be celebrated, and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.


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