Chelsea Johnson, a senior from The College of St. Scholastica, was named the 2014 DIII 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 DIII 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 North Branch, Minn., Johnson carried a five-race winning streak into the title race capturing the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship individual title. She finishes her career as a two-time All-American in cross country, the first multi-time NCAA All-American in the program's history.
This fall, she had eight first-place finishes including becoming the first to win a NCAA DIII Central Region Championship and leading her team to its 13th straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) title, and her first UMAC individual title.
All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigous 2014 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII 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.