LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Recent graduate Kelly Russo was Siena’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She has been nominated with a record 543 female college athletes for the award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Russo was nominated with 543 other female college athletes, 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III.
Russo is a member of the cross country and track program. She holds the school record for the outdoor track mile with a time of 5:58.72. Russo graduated from Siena with a 3.88 cumulative GPA, including a 4.0 in her final semester. Russo presented her research on kinematics of upper body compensation at the Society for Integrative Biology Conference in January and it is in the process of being submitted for publication.
Along with her athletics and academics, Russo was very involved in service and leadership during her four years at Siena. Russo was the president of the Student Athlete Mentors Program (SAM). She was the president of the Red Cross Club as well as being a member of Habitat for Humanity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Peer Ministry Group, and the Student Wellness Board. Russo was on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York as well as being an EMT and was a global medical volunteer in Ghana. Being a Global Medical Volunteer inspired Russo to pursue a medical degree from NY Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine beginning in August.
Conference offices will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.