By DON McCORMACK - firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most decorated student-athletes produced in recent years by Ashtabula County is up for yet another piece of recognition.
Mary Mahoney, a 2009 SS. John and Paul High School and Mount Union University graduate, is one of 140 NCAA female student-athletes to be selected as a 2013 Woman of the Year conference honoree.
As one of 140 nominees, Mahoney was part of a field that originally numbered 429 female student-athletes. That total included student-athletes spanning Division I, Division II and Division III.
The young ladies were nominated for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.
Mahoney, the daughter of John and Karen Mahoney, was a 14-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion in track and field and an eight-time All-American that won two national titles — the 2012 outdoor 200 meters and 2013 indoor 400 meters.
She was a four-time Ohio Athletic Conference Sprinter of the Year and was twice named the Great Lakes Region Sprint Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Away from the track, she was the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division III women’s track and field and cross country. A three-time Capital One Academic All-American and Academic All-OAC selection, she graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Scienc with a 3.97 grade point average.
Mahoney is currently a Geographical Information Systems Analyst / Scientist with Enviroscience in Stow.
In August, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized.
In September, the selection committee will announce the top nine finalists (3 from each division), and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from amongst those finalists to determine the 2013 Woman of the Year.
On Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, the NCAA will announce the 2013 Woman of the Year and will honor the top 30 nominees.
The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 23rd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletics achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.
McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at email@example.com.