Aug. 5, 2011
Indianapolis, Ind. - -
The NCAA recently announced the female student-athletes across Divisions I, II, and III who have been selected as 2011 Woman of the Year nominees. Ohio's Annie Beecham is among the 142 nominees.
Beecham finished 13th this past fall at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Great Lakes Regional after placing fourth at the 2010 Mid-American Conference Championship. Last spring, Beecham qualified for the Division I NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Regionals in the 10,000 meter run and 5,000 meter run and placed second and third in both events at the MAC Championships.
Beecham is an active member of the Big Brother's Big Sister's of Athens Country. She has also volunteered for numerous other organizations in the Athens, Ohio area. She served as team captain of the Cross Country and Track teams for the past two seasons. During the 2010-11 school year Beecham was the Publisher of Backdrop Magazine, a student run magazine on the Ohio University campus. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of the magazine.
This year the NCAA received a record 471 nominees for this prestigious award, more than 19 nominees from last season. To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. The 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during the Woman of the Year dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 16.