INDIANAPOLIS, IND – Georgia College tennis player Macy Polk and University of Montevallo cross country and track runner Cheyenne Thompson have been selected as the official conference nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The two were selected from the seven PBC student-athletes nominated for the award and are now among 145 remaining in contention. Peach Belt Senior Woman Administrators made the selections.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.
Thompson capped off her career recently by being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American selection for the third consecutive year, earning the award in every season she was eligible for the honor. She also recently received the highest academic award in the Peach Belt Conference at the conference's end-of-year award ceremony after being named the Peach Belt Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Thompson, a Chelsea, Alabama native who completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for the third year in a row.
She capped her senior season by being named the Peach Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Year for the second time in her collegiate career, claiming individual titles in the women's 1,500-meter run and the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, while finishing runner-up in the women's 5,000-meter run, at the Peach Belt Conference Track and Field Championship.
Thompson helped Montevallo repeat as Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II Southeast Region Champions during cross country season in the fall of 2016 as the Falcons claimed both championships for the third consecutive year. Thompson claimed the individual title in the Peach Belt Conference Championship in women's cross country with the third-fastest time in championship event history.
Finishing with a 3.88 GPA in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, Polk was also a stalwart at the top of the lineup for Bobcat Tennis all four seasons, totaling 155 career victories, including 70 in singles action. A four-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete, she was also a three-time PBC All-Academic Team selection. Polk was twice named All-PBC Second Team in singles.
"I am very proud of Macy's involvement with our university and our tennis program," said Bobcat Tennis head coach Steve Barsby. "She was the ultimate student-athlete; committed to being successful both on and off the court. An achievement like this puts a cap on a truly holistic student-athlete experience."
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.