St. Louis, Mo., June 19, 2015 – Washington University in St. Louis graduate Lucy Cheadle is among the 478 nominees for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year, as announced Friday by the NCAA.
Cheadle was one of 180 nominees from NCAA Division III. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which is in its 25th year, honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Cheadle, who won the third individual national championship of her career in May, finished her career as the most decorated runner in WashU cross country and track & field history. A 13-time All-American in cross country and track & field, she won back-to-back national titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2014 and 2015, and added a third national championship in the 5,000 at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. In November, Cheadle became just the 13th runner in NCAA Division III women's cross country history to earn All-America honors all four years when she finished as the runner-up at the 2014 National Championships.
She also excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus. Cheadle graduated in May with a 3.80 GPA while majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in environmental engineering. A three-time Capital One Academic All-District First-Team selection, she received Academic All-America First-Team honors in 2014 and was a 2013 Academic All-America Third-Team honoree. Cheadle also earned Academic All-University Athletic Association (UAA) and UAA Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete honors each of the last three years.
A two-year cross country and track & field team captain, she was also active in WashU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As a member of the SAAC Executive Committee, Cheadle led WashU's annual tennis shoe drive, donating used shoes to a non-profit organization that uses them to send clean water to South America.
In addition, she was an active member of WashU's Engineers Without Borders. Cheadle led a team of more than 20 students that applied for and won a grant from the Missouri Sewer Department to build a bioretention basin in a low-income St. Louis neighborhood. The goal of the project was to reduce storm water pollution, while unifying and educating the community. Cheadle served as the chief author of the grant proposal, while also helping organize the research of the grant. She also served on the Executive Committee of Engineers Without Borders, helping lead the regular meetings for WashU's campus organization.
The Top 30 nominees (10 per division) for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced in August, and the Top 9 finalists (three per division) will be selected in September. The 2015 Woman of the Year Award winner will be announced at an awards dinner Sunday, Oct. 18, in Indianapolis.