Jennifer Agnew of University of Mary Named DII Honda Cross Country Nominee

Kyle Terwillegar / USTFCCCA
Kyle Terwillegar / USTFCCCA

Jennifer Agnew, a senior from the University of Mary, was named the 2014 DII Honda Cross Country nominee as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda. She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DII Woman Athlete of the Year. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year.

A native of Onamia, Minn., Agnew sprinted out to an early lead to capture the 2013 NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championship individual title. She finishes her career as a five-time All-American in both cross country and track and was named the USTFCCCA Division II Central Region Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. This fall, she had six first-place finishes in seven meets, including the top runner at the NCAA Regional en route to the national championship.

U-Mary cross country coach Dennis Newell said of Agnew, “Jennifer has shown an amazing ability to consistently achieve greatness in athletics. However, her greatest feat is her ability to motivate and help out those who are around her every day. We are proud of Jennifer on so many levels.”

All Honda Sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DII and DIII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.