Three-time Nebraska path and tract All-American Angela Mercurio was called the NCAA Woman of the Year at the awarding ceremonial on Sunday night.
LINCOLN, Neb. Three-time Nebraska path and tract All-American Angela Mercurio was called the NCAA Woman of the Year at the awarding ceremonial on Sunday night.
Mercurio became the 2nd University of Nebraska student-athlete all-time to have the honor, connection former Nebraska volleyball political unit prizewinning Billie Winsett-Fletcher (1996).
The NCAA Woman of the Year awarding has been bestowed yearly since 1991 and recognizes the nation's top elder female student-athlete who has excelled in the awarding's four pillars of academics, athletics, work and leadership. Mercurio and Winsett-Fletcher are the only student-athletes from a actual Big Ten educational institution to have been selected the NCAA Woman of the Year.
"I'm truly thankful to be here," Mercurio said. "Thank you to the NCAA for allowing us women to stand on a stage like this, and to share our voices and share our stories. This is very amazing. Thank you to the representatives from Nebraska, and to Nebraska in general. They truly give us so much, and there is no place like Nebraska. I say that confidently."
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Mercurio was a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team selection, as well as a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Earlier this year, she was also a recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship and was honored as one of the first-ever Rose Bowl Game Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. She graduated from Nebraska in May with a 3.99 GPA as a double major in biochemistry and women's & gender studies.
“From virtually the day she arrived at Nebraska, Angela has been someone who has been so special to our program,” Head Coach Gary Pepin said. “She was not only a terrific athlete, she was a great leader, a captain and a tremendous student, and she was wonderful to work with. We’re very, very proud of her and she has earned everything that she’s haved.”
Mercurio was a four-year letterwinner on the Nebraska path and tract team and was a three-time 2nd-team All-American in the triple jump. She also earned the conference title in the event at the 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championships before going on to place ninth in the triple jump at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships.
To be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year awarding, a female student-athlete must have completed eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2019 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2019 term and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.