Hillman Honored As ISU Female Athlete of the Year
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State shot putter Christina Hillman capped off her2014 collegiate campaign with a thrilling performance at the NCAA Championships. Hillman captured her second NCAA title on her final throw of competition, improving her own program record.
The Dover, Delaware, native was honored again this morning, as the university named her the 2014 Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. Hillman becomes the ninth member of the women’s track and field team to receive the award.
Hillman was dominant in her 2014 campaign, winning 10 of 11 collegiate competitions with a runner-up finish at the LSU Alumni Gold meet. The Cyclone junior also took sixth at the USA Indoor Championships, finishing as the top collegian in the field.
Hillman swept the Big 12 podium, winning both the conference indoor and outdoor titles in overwhelming performances. At the NCAA Championships, she elevated her game even further, using career bests to take home the gold. Indoors, Hillman posted the farthest collegiate mark of 2014, unleashing a program record of 59 feet, 6.75 inches.
At the outdoor meet, she posted an outdoor career best, throwing a distance of 58’2”. Hillman hit the mark of her final throw of competition, taking the title in a clutch, come-from-behind performance.
The now four-time first-team All-American holds the 16 farthest scoring throws in program history, also ranking at No. 5 on the all-time discus list.
At 58’2”, Hillman ranks No. 22 in the world this season and is No. 7 among American athletes. She will return to the ring June 26-29 at the USA Outdoor Championships.
Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year Winners
1980 Mary Seybold (Track & Field)
1981 Debbie Vetter (Track & Field)
1982 Annette Ackerson (Swimming)
1983 Tanya Roach (Swimming)
1984 Diane Doles (Volleyball)
1985 Tonya Burns (Basketball)
1986 Jane Lobenstein (Basketball)
1987 Nawal El Moutawakel (Track & Field)
1988 Linda Evans (Volleyball)
1989 Carmen Jaspers (Basketball)
1990 Jennie Condon (Softball)
1991 Jennifer Adams-Keitges (Swimming)
1992 Edith Nakiyingi (Track & Field)
1993 Karen Glerum (Track & Field)
1994 Melanie Young (Basketball)
1995 Kary Law (Volleyball)
1996 Beth Bader (Golf)
1997 Kim Mazza (Gymnastics)
1998 Stacy Frese (Basketball)
1999 Stacy Frese (Basketball)
2000 Stacy Frese (Basketball)
2001 Megan Taylor (Basketball)
2002 Angie Welle (Basketball) & Gina Curtis-Rickert (Track & Field)
2003 Gina Curtis-Rickert (Track & Field)
2004 Janet Anson (Gymnastics)
2005 Anne O’Neil (Basketball)
2006 Janet Anson (Gymnastics)
2007 Lyndsey Medders (Basketball)
2008 Lisa Koll (Track/Cross Country)
2009 Kaylee Manns (Volleyball)
2010 Lisa Koll (Track/Cross Country)
2011 Kelsey Bolte (Basketball)
2012 Betsy Saina (Track/Cross Country)
2013 Betsy Saina (Track/Cross Country)
2014 Christina Hillman (Track & Field)