IRVING, Texas – Iowa State All-American runner Meaghan Nelson is one of two student-athletes the Big 12 Conference is nominating for NCAA Woman of the Year, announced today by the league office.
The award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored, and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced, at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 20, 2013.
Nelson was a four-time All-America selection in cross country and track & field. She picked up All-America honors in cross country in 2011 and 2012 and helped the Cyclones win a pair of Big 12 team titles.
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native captured the Big 12 outdoor title in the 10,000-meter run in 2013 and finished as runner-up in the Conference indoor 5,000- and 3,000-meter runs. Nelson placed 16th in the 10,000-meter run at the recently-completed NCAA Outdoor Championship.
She also excelled academically in her major of Kinesiology & Health as an USTFCCAA Academic All-American and Academic All-Big 12 first team selection. Nelson was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society and an Iowa State scholar-athlete. Among her campus activities was serving three years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) with an appointment to the executive board in 2012-13. Nelson’s community service initiatives included “Can the Cats”, Special Olympics, Adopt-A-Family, “Soles4Souls” shoe drive and preparing Thanksgiving food baskets.