Amy Regan, a senior from Stevens Institute of Technology, was named the 2017 DIII Honda Athlete of the Year for Cross Country as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda. This is her second nomination as she previously won the nomination for cross country the last season she competed and won the NCAA championship in 2014.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda 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 41st year.
A native of Green Brook, N.J., Regan was named the DIII U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Runner of the Year after capturing her second NCAA cross country national championship of her career. With her latest title, Regan has now won six national championships for her career, four of which came during the 2015-16 season combined at indoor and outdoor track. In 2016 alone, Regan has five national first-place finishes to her name.
For the season, Regan was a perfect 7-0 this fall to give her two straight years of undefeated races. She also became the first runner in Empire 8 Conference history to win four conference titles.
“I am so honored to be recognized as the Class of 2017 Division III Athlete of the Year nominee representing cross country”, said Regan. “The Award has been given to some incredible athletes who are role models to me. Being nominated truly highlights this rewarding cross country season.”
Stevens cross country coach Justin Wood said of Regan, “The CWSA Honda DIII Athlete of the Year nomination is well deserved for Amy. She had one of the most impressive cross country seasons in DIII history. She completed an undefeated season, won her 4th consecutive conference title, 2nd atlantic region title and 2nd NCAA DIII XC national title. All of these impressive statistics are not what defines Amy as a student-athlete. It’s her work ethic, commitment to her sport and humility that I think Amy will be remembered for by her coaches and teammates.””
All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. 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 41 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 $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.