Alma, Mich. - Kaitlyn Arnold '17 has been named as 145 female student-athletes that have been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, it was announced recently by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Arnold, one of the record 543 school nominees for the award, was nominated to represent the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. She is one of 53 student-athletes from NCAA Division III and one of twenty-two individuals across all divisions that participated in three sports that were put forward by member conferences.
A member of the Scots' cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field teams, Arnold graduated from Alma College in April with a 4.0 grade-point average while majoring in integrative physiology and health science. Arnold was a two-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at a NCAA Championship event. She won the award in 2016 at the Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was named the winner again at the 2016 Division III Women's Cross Country Championship.
A two-time qualifier for the NCAA III Cross Country Championships, Arnold finished her career with a school record time of 21:05, received All-MIAA First Team honors on three occasions and Second Team accolades once. In addition, she was a three-time selection to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III All-Great Lakes Region team and received the USTFCCCA's All-Academic award three times.
As a track athlete, Arnold was a three-time All-MIAA First Team selection, earning the honor twice in the outdoor season and once in the indoor. She captured three MIAA titles, winning the women's 1500 meter run in back-to-back years and capturing the 5000 meter title during her final indoor campaign. Arnold was named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team in her final two campaigns for the 5000 meter run.
Arnold finished her career as a seven-time All-MIAA honoree and a five-time USTFCCCA All-Region Award winner. In addition, she won the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the Fall 2016 sports season and was a finalist for the prestigious NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship. She is also the only student-athlete in school history to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America honors three times.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.