St. Louis, Mo., July 23, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis graduate Alison Lindsay, Alexandria, Va. (St. Stephens & St. Agnes) was selected as a University Athletic Association (UAA) nomination, as well as Adeoluwa Ayoola from the University of Chicago Track & Field team, for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the conference office.
Lindsay is one of 199 nominees from NCAA Division III and an NCAA record 581 from all three Divisions. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
This is the 28th year from the awards inception. The Top 30 nominees, 10 per division, for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced in early September. The group will be narrowed down to the Top 9 finalists in late September.
"Alison was an integral member of one of the most successful runs in NCAA history and she was the one constant," said head cross country and track & field coach Jeff Stiles. "It is impossible to do justice to what she was a part of in 12 consecutive seasons."
Lindsay was an All-American nine times in her career as she ran during all three athletic seasons on the cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field teams. She represented WashU at 12 of 12 possible NCAA Division III National Championships as the Bears earned top-five finishes in all but one of those championships.
The WashU women's track & field program captured the first national championships in 2017 with the DIII Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Titles. During the indoor national championship, Lindsay was a member of an event national champion as she ran the anchor 1,600-meter leg of the distance medley relay team. Lindsay earned All-America honors in eight consecutive seasons.
From 2014-18, the WashU women's cross country/track & field program won nine UAA championships, including four consecutive cross country titles. She earned all-UAA honors in all 12 seasons ran, totaling 15 altogether.
"Bear Nation is excited for Alison Lindsay," said Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama. "She is a WashU Scholar-Champion who made an impact in the classroom, in competition and in the St. Louis community."
The political science and French double-major concluded her studies with a 3.96 grade point average. In her career, Lindsay was selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America First Team and 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team.
Lindsay is a three-time Academic all-UAA honoree, as well as a four-time recipient of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic selection for both cross country and track & field.
In addition to serving as a team captain, Lindsay was a fundraising team member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She was also the president of the Association of Christian Truth Seekers (ACTS) Campus Ministry.
In 2017, Lindsay was a volunteer intern for the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project, where she assisted attorneys with casework and administrative work at a non-profit law office.
WashU has won the NCAA Woman of the Year award previously on two occasions. Women's cross country and track & field alum Liz Phillips won the honor in 2012, while women's soccer alum Lizzy Crist was the recipient in 2017.