Eastern Mennonite University has nominated cross country and track & field standout Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award following her outstanding career.
As the Marjorie Berkley Award winner (the top female scholar-athlete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference), Chappell-Dick is also the ODAC's official nominee for the NCAA honor.
Presented for the 26th year, the elite NCAA award administered by the governing body of collegiate athletics recognizes a student-athlete that exemplifies its long-established hallmarks of academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Overall, a record 517 nominees are on the 2016 ballot, including 169 student-athletes from Division III. There were also 117 women nominated from Division II and 231 from Division I institutions.
"Hannah has been a special student-athlete and an amazing person," said EMU Director of Athletics Dave King. "Choosing a Division III school over other opportunities demonstrates her desire to fully integrate athletics, academics, service and student life. She engaged all of her opportunities to experience the breadth and depth of the college experience. Her commitment to excellence in all areas of college life has been rewarded with personal joy and satisfaction in her own life and in the lives of others she has impacted during her time at EMU. It is a privilege and honor to nominate Hannah for the NCAA Woman of the Year."
Chappell-Dick proved to be a special athlete from the moment she stepped onto campus as a freshman, winning her first-ever collegiate cross country race. In the four years that followed, Chappell-Dick, a middle distance runner in track, broke nine EMU records in cross country and track & field, while also taking down six ODAC overall or championship records. She earned seven trips to a national meet in her career, coming home with All-American honors five different times. In 2015 and 2016, she finished as the national silver medalist in the indoor mile.
A biology major with a 3.84 grade point average, Chappell-Dick also graduated from EMU's Honors Program with additional minors in coaching and exercise science. She was a six-time ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-American. She was also the president of EMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, co-founded a local track club for 10-12 year olds, and served on the committee to select EMU's incoming president.
The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will next choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will choose from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
To view the list of school nominees, click here.