Lawler of WashU Named the DIII Honda Award Finalist for Cross Country

Courtesy of WashU Athletics
Courtesy of WashU Athletics

Paige Lawler, a junior from Washington University in St. Louis, was named the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year finalist for Cross Country as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

Lawler is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 43rd year.

“It is such an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award and represent DIII women’s distance running,“ said Lawler. “I am extremely grateful to be part of such a strong and supportive program at WashU. I know I could not have achieved what I did this season without them."

Lawler, hailing from Lexington, Mass., was the 2018 NCAA Division III Individual National Champion and most recently was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s National Athlete of the Year. She helped her team to its second women’s cross country national title in school history after finishing the course more than three seconds ahead of the runner-up. In addition, she is the only Bear to win a cross country individual national title and USTFCCCA Women's National Athlete of the Year.

Overall in cross country, she is a two-time USTFCCCA All-American and two-time Midwest All-Region. She was also crowned the UAA Champion earning All-UAA first-team honors.

“Some of the key attributes to Paige’s success are her ability to execute a race plan regardless of the environment,” stated head coach Jeff Stiles. “She does an excellent job of executing her race plan regardless of what is going on outside of her.  She executes races with confidence on the biggest stage.  Every NCAA meet has resulted in her best race of the season, which is a testament to her.  I think this points to her having the skills be successful in medical school and beyond.”

All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports on June 24, 2019, in downtown Los Angeles. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 43 years, 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.

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