Nominees Announced for 2015-16 Honda Cross Country Sport Award

Nominees Announced for 2015-16 Honda Cross Country Sport Award

Courtney Frerichs from the University of New Mexico, Boise State University’s Allie Ostrander, Dominique Scott of the University of Arkansas and the University of Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel are the four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for cross country 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 40 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2016 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on June 27, 2016, in the Founders’ Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los, Angeles. The nominees were chosen from the top four finishes at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship.

The Honda Sport award winner for cross country will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

Frerichs posted a fourth-place finish at the 2015 Cross Country Championship to lead New Mexico to the program's first National Championship and second women's national title at UNM overall. The senior was UNM's top runner in four of five meets in 2015 and her fourth-place finish is the top NCAA finish in program history. She is a three-time United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country All-American.

Ostrander was the runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship and moved up 12 spots after the split to finish. Her runner-up performance is tied for the best individual finish at nationals in school history. The rookie posted three first-place finishes in 2015, including Mountain West and West Regional Champion, en route to earning USTFCCA Cross Country All-America honors.

Scott captured a third-place finish at the 2015 Cross Country Championship leading Arkansas to a top ten team finish (9th). The senior is a three-time USTFCCCA Cross Country All-American and was the 2015 SEC Champion. She is the first runner in conference history to win three consecutive SEC individual titles and two team titles. She tied the program record for most individual titles in a season (five, 2014).

Seidel was the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Individual Champion and the first female at ND to capture a cross country national title. The senior is a two-time NCAA champion after winning the 10,000 meter run in the 2015 outdoor championship. She also is the 2015 ACC Conference and Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Champions along with a USTFCCCA Cross Country All-American.

Honda Sport award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2016 Honda Cup award presented in June.

The CWSA, celebrating its 40th year, has honored 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 $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.