Abrah Masterson, a junior at Cornell College, was named the cross country nominee for the Class of 2016 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII 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 40th year.
“I am beyond grateful and deeply honored by this recognition,” stated Masterson. “Running and being a part of such an incredibly caring team led by an inspiring coach is more than I could ask for. I work hard, but I work alongside an amazing group of people. The combination has fostered an environment that has offered myself and my team a great amount of success.”
Masterson captured the 2015 DIII Cross Country Championship and was crowned Cornell’s first-ever national champion in cross country.
Most recently, the Granby, Colo., native was named the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country National Athlete of the Year and is now a five-time USTFCCA All-American.
Her spring was highlighted by an NCAA title in the outdoor 10,000-meter run. She is among three Rams in Cornell athletics history to claim multiple NCAA individual championships in a career.
“Abrah is a joy to coach, and we are fortunate to have her at Cornell as part of our team and family,” head coach Dan Schofer said. “She is incredibly driven, hard-working and competitive. But she is also kind, caring and truly invested in the success of her teammates. Abrah is extremely deserving of this honor.”
All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2016 Honda Collegiate Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented on a live telecast on June 27, 2016, in the Founders’ Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los, Angeles.
The 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 CWSA, celebrating its 40th year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship thirty years ago 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.