Foley of Grand Valley State Named DII Honda Woman of the Year Nominee for Cross Country

Foley of Grand Valley State Named DII Honda Woman of the Year Nominee for Cross Country

Kendra Foley, a sophomore from the Grand Valley State University, was named the 2014-15 DII Woman of the Year nominee for cross country 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 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.

Foley, a native of Noblesville, Ind., captured the 2014 NCAA DII Individual Championship title en route to leading her team to the team title. It is the fourth straight year GVSU won the championship and fourth time in five seasons. The sophomore became the second Laker ever to win the individual title.

Foley was the 2014 GLIAC Women’s Runner of the Year after her first-place finish at the GLIAC Championships. She is a two-time USTFCCCA All-American.

"This is an amazing honor, but I could not have accomplished anything without the help of my teammates, family, coaches, and the Laker Family,” stated Foley. “Everyone believed in me, and supported me and my goals, and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities and support I’ve received from everyone around me."

"Kendra has embraced the role as a leader in our program by training hard, racing tough, and being a great teammate to all in our program,” said head coach Jerry Baltes. “She has maintained a balance of all aspects life in being a collegiate student-athlete.”

All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Collegiate Woman 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 38 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 $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.