Sep 2, 2014 4:46 PM
For the second-straight year, the University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program has had an athlete named as one of the top 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Alyssa Hasslen is one of the 30 women this year; in 2013 it was Brigetta Barrett.
Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award.
"These women are perfect examples of NCAA student-athletes succeeding on the field, in the classroom and in life," said Gloria Nevarez, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair and senior associate commissioner for the Pac-12 Conference. "We are impressed by their outstanding achievements, and no matter the paths they take after college, we are confident that they will continue to lead their peers for many years to come."
In late September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award. The 2014 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis Oct. 19.
Hasslen was a four-time indoor and outdoor track & field athlete at Arizona, competing in the shot put and discus, and was a three-time NCAA All-America honoree. She was the 2013 USA Championships bronze medalist in the shot put and competed for Team USA at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
Hasslen also earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-America honors in 2013 and 2014. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree, double majoring in retailing and consumer sciences and family studies and human development.
Hasslen is one of two athletes in UA history to earn all-conference honors in the shot put and discus all four years of her career.