July 30, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Former University of Wyoming track andfield athlete Davina Strauss has been named the 2001 NCAA Woman of theYear for the State of Wyoming.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes, whoeligibilty is completed by June 2001, for their achievements in serviceand leadership, athletics and academics. By honoring this level ofachievement, the NCAA features positive role models for women andhighlights what these outstanding women have attained through theirparticipation in intercollegiate athletics.
Strauss earned six letter awards in both indoor and outdoor trackduring her career at Wyoming. This past indoor season, she finishedthird in the long jump at the MWC championships, earning All-Conferencehonors, with a career high mark of 19' 2 1/2". She also placed sixth inthe long jump at the outdoor conference championship with a jump of 18'7". An excellent student, she was an All-Conference and Scholar Athletethree times and Verizon Second Team District VII in 2001, while earningher degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in humannutrition and food.
"Davina is a tremendous young lady," said head track and field coachDon Yentes. "We will definitely miss her leadership on the track and inthe classroom this upcoming season. She has really shown what it takesto be a real student-athlete."
From the 51 state winners, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 10finalists will be named in late August. The 2001 NCAA Woman of the Yearwill be chosen among the ten finalists.
The state award winners and the 10 finalists will be recognized, andthe 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during a dinner onSunday, October 21, in Indianapolis, Indiana.