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Halverson makes top 30 for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Annika Halverson ’18, a standout in cross country and track and field, is Bethel’s first student-athlete to make the top 30 in the 28-year history of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

By Jason Schoonover '09, content specialist

September 07, 2018 | 10 a.m.

Halverson makes top 30 for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Annika Halverson ’18, a standout in cross country and track and field, is Bethel’s first student-athlete to make the top 30 in the 28-year history of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Annika Halverson ’18 was named one of the top 30 honorees for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, becoming Bethel’s first nominee to make the top 30 in the 28-year history of the award.

The award honors graduating female college athletes who distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. Halverson, a sociocultural studies and reconciliation studies double-major, ended her tenure as a Bethel student-athlete with a pair of All-America honors after five trips to the NCAA Championships as a multi-sport athlete in cross country and track and field.

"Participating in collegiate athletics has empowered me to cultivate an unshakeable inner confidence," Halverson says. "I plan to go forth boldly into the world, bringing hope and compassion to all people I encounter."

Annika Halverson '18 makes top 30 for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Annika Halverson '18 makes top 30 for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Halverson earned all-region accolades four times and was a nine-time all-conference honoree. And her success extended to the classroom. She received the 2017 MIAC Cross Country Elite 22 Award—which honors a student-athlete with the top GPA and athletic success—and earned the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America honors after amassing a 3.95 GPA. She also earned six Academic All-MIAC selections and was named All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association five times.

A selection committee chose the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominees from a record 581 school nominees, which were narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices. In July, Halverson became Bethel’s first MIAC nominee for the award. The Top 30 honorees include 10 student-athletes from each of the three NCAA divisions.

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named on October 28 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

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