Bethel Univerisity's Division III track and field standout Marie Borner won last year's Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among Division III schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program. Borner was presented the Honda Sports Award for Division III Athlete of the Year at a ceremony at UCLA in Los Angeles on June 21, 2010.
It was the second time Cottage Grove, MN, native Marie Borner had been nominated for the Division III Athlete of the Year (2009 and 2010). She capped her remarkable senior season by earning National Championships in the indoor mile, with a time of 4:50.20, as well as the outdoor 1500m (4:23.85) and outdoor 800-meter (2:06.87). She was also the MIAC champion in the 800m and 1500m, setting a stadium record in both races. She set a meet record in the 800m in the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championships. In all, she holds 10 school records. She was named both MIAC Indoor and Outdoor Track Outstanding Women’s Track Athlete, as well as the USTFCCCA Track Athlete of the Year in both Indoor and Outdoor, and Central Region Athlete of the Year. Borner is an exercise science major with a 3.49 GPA.
Noted Borner, "It is a great honor to have been chosen for Honda Sports Award among such talented athletes, and I am grateful for American Honda and the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for their efforts to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female athletes at all levels of competition. I am proud to represent my school, my family, and Division III. I want to thank my family, my coach, friends and teammates for all their support and encouragement, and hard work to help get me to where I am today."