LANCASTER, Pa. — Dickinson senior cross country and track and field athlete Elaina Clancy earned a major honor Monday afternoon when she was named one of two Centennial Conference nominees for the prestigious Woman of the NCAA year, as announced by the organization.
Clancy was joined by Johns Hopkins women’s basketball player Diarra Oden as the two centennial nominees chosen by senior administrators within the conference. The two ladies were chosen from a group of seven candidates submitted by the conference institutions. Now in its 32nd year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduate female athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their college careers in the areas of teaching, athletics, service and leadership. Each year, the NCAA encourages each member college and university to honor its top graduating female student-athletes by submitting their names for the Woman of the Year award.
To be eligible, an applicant must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have completed her undergraduate degree by summer 2022.
A star in two sports for the Devils, Clancy had an outstanding career in distance running. In the 2021 outdoor track and field season, she earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a fifth-place finish in the NCAA Championship. Earlier in the year, Clancy won Centennial Gold in the 10k and won all-region accolades in the 10k and 5k. His 10k time of 35:46.56 at the 2021 NCAA meet ranks second all-time to Dickinson and sixth in Centennial history. As a senior in 2022, Clancy finished second in the conference in the 10k. In the 2021 cross country season, Clancy earned first-team all-conference honors with an individual seventh-place finish in CC competition.
A major in law and politics and a minor in economics from Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, Clancy graduated this spring with a 3.83 GPA. She was an annual Dean’s List member at Dickinson (2018-22) and also won the Harry Goldberg Prize for Military Science in 2019, awarded to the best cadet.
While she sports an impressive athletic and academic resume, Clancy also boasts a long list of accomplishments in leadership and community service positions. Clancy was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) from 2018-22, spending approximately 15 hours per week in the University Officer Training Programs for United States Armed Forces Officer Training. She demonstrated a high level of leadership in ROTC, rising to the role of battalion commander – the highest ranking cadet in a battalion of 80 cadets. Responsibilities of this position included supervising battalion personnel and coordinating community outreach events such as a Veterans Day 5k run, Thanksgiving canned food drive, Habitat for Humanity fund and a day of volunteering with a local alternative school. Clancy also served as a member of the Dickinson Student Senate from 2018-22 and class president, coordinating community-building events on campus and working with college administration to develop COVID-19 protocols for returning to school. campus throughout the pandemic. In 2021-22, she was one of eight Dickinson student-athletes named to the Hera Honor Society, a group that seeks to empower and unite student-athletes who identify as women through their eight core values of scholarship, leadership, equality, service and integrity. , sportsmanship, tenacity and resilience. Clancy was the lead coordinator for Yellow Breeches Field Day, a volunteer mentorship day with a local school, and was also responsible for creating a student-athlete mentorship program on campus, helping to facilitate community connections. athletic. Other campus leadership roles for Clancy include working as a teaching assistant in the economics department, serving on the Delta Nu Honor Board, and representing students on the Academic Program Committee and standards and the student life committee.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee identifies the top 30 – 10 from each division – and from there selects three finalists from each division. The top 30 winners will be announced in September, and the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced later in the fall.
To learn more about the award and a list of previous recipients, click here.