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Alicia Freese '10 Named Among Top 30 for 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year

Alicia Freese '10, one of the top 30 honorees for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year

Recent graduate Alicia Freese '10 has been selected as one of the top 30 honorees for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced September 7.

Freese, a standout cross-country and track-and-field runner while competing for Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, is one of 10 Division III honorees, and will be considered for the three finalists positions from each NCAA division that will form the nine-member panel for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The recipient of the annual award, which is in its 20th year, will be announced during an awards dinner in Indianapolis on October 17.

Freese, an International Relations major, earned two All American honors in cross country during her junior and senior years, and also took second and fifth in the 10k and 5k at last spring's NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships. She holds the Pomona-Pitzer school records in all cross country and track and field distance events. This fall, Freese is coaching our women's cross country team while Head Coach Kirk Reynolds is on sabbatical.

According to the NCAA, the Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. This year, a record 452 nominations were submitted for the award.