Oct. 31, 2006
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Center Valley, Pa. - Former American cross country/track and field student-athlete, Keira Carlstrom, was honored as a finalist for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Carlstrom was one of 30 finalists across all three divisions and one of 10 in Division I.
All 30 finalists gathered in Indianapolis, Ind., for an award ceremony last weekend that announced Wake Forests' Anne Bersagel as the winner of the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Also, as part of the Woman of the Year weekend, finalists assembled mini-barns for Habitat for Humanity homes last Saturday as their community service project.
Carlstrom owns the distinction of being the only Patriot League student-athlete to earn All-American status four times during her career, doing so three times in the sport of cross country and once in track and field. She won 19 Patriot League Championship titles (12 individual and seven relay), and is a 23-time All-Patriot League selection (19 track-and-field and four cross country). The five-time Patriot League Championships Runner/Athlete of the Meet qualified for the NCAAs six times.
The six-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year graduated from American with 3.52 grade-point average and a degree in mathematics. Carlstrom reached out to the community as an undergraduate, speaking to elementary schools to discuss the importance of education and sports as a member of the Promise Speakers Bureau. She also served as a tutor for her fellow classmates at American and was a volunteer coach to youths for many years.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award, now in its 16th year, recognizes outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility. Conferences nominated a total of 121 student-athletes with 10 conference finalists selected from each division chosen by a committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences.