Maggie Ewen, a senior from Arizona State, was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Track & Field as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 42 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. With this honor, Ewen becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 25, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles.
Ewen was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Lynna Irby (Georgia), Keturah Orji (Georgia) and Karissa Schweizer (Missouri).
"I know first-hand how talented the women in track and field are, so it's an absolute honor to be chosen for this prestigious award,“ Ewen said.
Ewen, hailing from St. Francis, Minn., was the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Champion in both the shot put and discus and just the sixth woman in NCAA history to win both events in the same meet. She added a third National title winning the shot put during the Indoor Championship and is a four-time NCAA Champion overall. Her 2017 Championship in the hammer made her the only woman in NCAA history with a title in three throwing events.
A two-time Honda Award nominee, she was named the Pac-12 Women’s Championship Field Athlete of the Meet and Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Overall, she is an 11-time first-team All-American and an 11-time Pac-12 All-Conference performer.
After notching the fourth best throw of all-time to win the indoor shot put, she now owns seven of the all-time top-10 marks in shot put and five of the top-10 marks in hammer- all set this season alone. She also holds the record in the hammer after besting a mark she hit last year which broke a 10-year-old NCAA record.
“I can't think of anyone more deserving than Maggie Ewen for this honor,” said director of track & field Greg Kraft. “The way she performs in competition, in the classroom and in the community just really exemplifies what it means to be a Sun Devil.”
Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year.
The CWSA, in its 42nd year, honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.