Oren of Hillsdale College Named DII Honda Athlete of the Year Nominee for Track & Field

Courtesy of Brad Monastiere
Courtesy of Brad Monastiere

Emily Oren, a junior from Hillsdale College, was named the track & field nominee for the Class of 2015 Division II Honda Athlete of the Year 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 Honda Athlete of the Year honor. 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 39th year.

“It is an honor to be considered for this award and to represent track and field,” said Oren. “I would not be in this position today without being a part of a great team, having great coaching staff, and my Lord and Savior.”

Oren was the 2015 Division II Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), an honor she also earned during the indoor season. She claimed two national championship titles at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships after winning the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 5000 meter run. Overall, she finished with four championship titles on the year, a feat never accomplished before in school history.

Oren is a seven-time USTFCCCA All-American between cross country and track, and is a winner of the GLIAC Commissioner's Award, emblematic of the finest student-athletes in the conference. She hails from Hamilton, Michigan.

All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Collegiate Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The 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 39 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 $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.