INDIANAPOLIS -- After earning an All-Northwest Conference selection in both of her sports during her senior season, Emily Thompson has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA announced earlier this month.
Thompson earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology after competing in women's soccer and track and field for the Pioneers. Last fall, Thompson earned NSCAA Scholar All-West Region and her second straight All-NWC First-Team honor after tying for third in the conference in assists and scoring five goals. She followed with a third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.
"Emily embodies all of the criteria necessary to be nominated as our institutional representative for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award," said Associate Director of Physical Education & Athletics Sharon Sexton. "Not only was she incredibly successful on both the soccer field and the track, she was involved in numerous volunteer activities and was a top student. Emily truly represents the best of the best and epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete."
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership. In all, 517 student-athletes were nominated, the largest number in the 26-year history of the award, with 169 coming from Division III. Thompson is among the 127 across all classifications that competed in multiple sports.
Six Northwest Conference student-athletes were nominated. Up to two can be selected as conference nominees for the national award. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division. Nine finalists will be announced in September with the winner named in October.
Thompson was named the Mary Hunter Female Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year at April's Excellence in Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports awards, participated in the Lewis & Clark Overseas Program and earned Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors during her time at Lewis & Clark.
Emily's mother, Erin Hedenberg, is a 1987 graduate and soccer student-athlete at Lewis & Clark, and her father, Michael Thompson, graduated in 1984 after competing in football.
Emily Thompson is interviewed after winning the Mary Hunter Female Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year at April's ELCYS