Sharika Nelvis selected as NCAA Woman of the Year nominee

Sharika Nelvis selected as NCAA Woman of the Year nominee

INDIANAPOLIS ( – Former Arkansas State University Track and Field All-American Sharika Nelvis has been selected as a Sun Belt Conference (SBC) nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award per an announcement made this Thursday (July 24) by the NCAA.

Nelvis, the 2013-14 SBC Female Athlete of the Year and a 2014 finalist for the prestigious Bowerman Trophy as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) most outstanding female collegiate track and field athlete, is one of two Sun Belt Conference representatives joining Natalie Fernandez (softball) of UL Lafayette.

A three-time (2012-14) USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor All-America honoree, Nelvis was the NCAA Division I national champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles and the outdoor 100-meter hurdles. Nelvis, a native of Memphis, Tenn., was chosen as the 2014 Honda Sports Award winner for women’s track and field.

The 2014 USTFCCCA South Central Region Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Nelvis was named the SBC Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer after scoring a conference-meet high 38 points as a result of winning individual league titles in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and 200-meter dash. A three-time (2012-14) All-SBC First-Team pick, Nelvis was recognized as the USTFCCCA’s Division I National Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week (May 12) along with being honored as the SBC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on three occasions (April 16, 23, and 30) this spring.

In the indoor season, Nelvis was named the 2014 SBC Women’s Outdoor Indoor Track Athlete as a result of placing first at the 2014 conference meet in the long jump, 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 60-meter hurdles en route to a conference-meet best 40 points. Nelvis went undefeated in 11 finals overall this campaign in the 55-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, and the 100-meter hurdles not to mention twice (Jan. 15 and 22) being selected as the SBC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.

Nelvis, who was the 2013-14 recipient of A-State Athletics’ prestigious Terry Gwin Award for leadership, citizenship, scholarship and athletic performance, concluded her illustrious Red Wolves’ career with school records in five indoor events and four outdoor events.

More than 120 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2014 Woman of the Year nominees by their athletics conferences and by independent institutions.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which was established in 1991 and is now in its 24th year, honors graduating female student-athletes for their achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

The conference honorees represent student-athletes from 15 different sports. By division, 52 honorees competed in Division I conferences, 25 participated in Division II, and 49 competed in Division III.

With the conference nominees selected, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized and the top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award recipient will be announced and honored along with the top 30 honorees on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the annual ceremony at Indianapolis, Ind.