Aug. 28, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Husky distance runner Anna Aoki today was named NCAA Woman of the Year for Washington state by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility. More than 350 student-athletes were nominated for this year's award by their colleges and universities. A committee comprised of representatives from member schools selected the state winners. Alfreeda Goff, associate commissioner for the Horizon League, chaired the selection committee.
Aoki, a Vancouver, Wash. native, graduated from Washington in 2001 after capping a brilliant four-year track and field career with her second-career Pac-10 Championship at 10,000 meters. A three-time All-American, Aoki ranks in Washington's all-time top-five at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and also led the Husky cross-country team to its three best NCAA finishes in school history. Aoki also excelled off the track, earning Pac-10 All-Academic team accolades three times.
A national winner will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among 10 finalists, to be announced in September. The national winner will be announced at the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year dinner presented by Rawlings, Oct. 21 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis
Last year's national winner was Kristy Kowal, an Olympic gold medal swimmer from the University of Georgia.