Portions of this story courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Dartmouth women's track & field and cross country standout Alexi Pappas has been named as one of the nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The award reflects excellence not only in competition, but also in the classroom, the community and perseverance through personal hardships to succeed at the highest levels of women's collegiate athletics.
Pappas closed out her Dartmouth career in stellar, if busy, fashion. She finished 20th out of 91 in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships. She placed second in the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 3,000m to earn second-team All-Ivy honors and then was a member of the Big Green distance medley relay team that placed third in the Indoor NCAA Championships. She won the 3,000m steeplechase and placed second in the 3,000m at the Ivy League Outdoor Championships, before finishing out her season with a third-place showing in the steeplechase at the NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-American honors.
Off the track, Pappas earned first-team Capital One Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All District 1 honors.
"Lexi was the most incredible leader who was both a great example on the track as well as how to carry yourself away from it for our younger athletes," said Dartmouth women's cross country head coach Mark Coogan. "Those positive attributes she exemplified have helped Dartmouth cross country and track & field get back to the top of the Ivy League and beyond in her time here.
"We already miss her enthusiasm, smile and competitive spirit as we begin our fall cross country season."
Nearly 430 women from across the nation comprised the poll of nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year, which was then narrowed down to the top 30 honorees released in the end of August.
The nine finalists are composed of three honorees from each NCAA division and span various NCAA sports. The 2012 Woman of Year will be announced and the top 30 women will be honored during an Oct. 14 ceremony in Indianapolis.
A recent Dartmouth graduate, Pappas will compete this year for the Oregon Ducks as she pursues a master's degree and exhausts her NCAA eligibility.