July 27, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – UConn women’s track and field standout Heather Wilson was named a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee after concluding her senior year in 2012. The Homer, N.Y. native is one of the program’s most decorated student-athletes leaving Storrs with five All-America honors and etching her name in the UConn all-time record book.
A total of 429 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, were nominated for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout the collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Conferences select one or two women from the nominees to represent their conference. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the finalists to determine the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 14.
Wilson tallied an impressive five All-American titles as a Husky, four indoor accolades and one outdoor. Wilson, an Exercise Science major, reached the podium twice at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Championships with a silver medal in the mile and third as a member of the DMR. Wilson was dominant at her final indoor NCAA Championship grabbing two First Team All-America honors in the 800 and the DMR. During her senior outdoor season she won the gold in the 800m at the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, placed first in the 1,500m run at the ECAC Championships and notched her first outdoor All-America honor with an 11th place finish in the 800m for a Second Team spot.
Wilson, who joins former UConn women’s track and field great Bethany Hart as a Woman of the Year nominee, currently holds two outdoor all-time marks in Husky history in the 800 (2:04.55) and the 1,500 (4:18.14). She also has four indoor marks in the 800 (2:05.18), 1,000 (2:46.97), the mile (4:46.36) and the DMR (10:59.99).
The recent graduate also excelled in the classroom and was acknowledged for her success multiple times throughout her career. Wilson is a two-time member of the USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic Team and a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic team.