University of Delaware Track & Field Standout Lindsay Prettyman Earns CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors
AUSTIN, Tex. -- A month after earning her degree from the University of Delaware, former Blue Hen track & field and cross country standout Lindsay Prettyman continues to earn prestigious awards from her collegiate career.
Prettyman, who capped her senior year by leading the Blue Hens to the Colonial Athletic Association outdoor track & field team title in early May, was honored for her outstanding academic efforts Thursday as she earned Capital One Third Team Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country honors presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A total of 45 student-athletes were honored on the first, second, and third teams, which were selected from a vote of a national panel of collegiate sports information directors. Prettyman was the only CAA student-athlete honored on the three teams.
A native of nearby Newark, Del. (St. Mark’s High School), Prettyman becomes just the third Blue Hen women’s track & field performer to earn Academic All-American honors, joining two-time first team selection Alison Farrance (1985-86) and 1983 second team selection Pam Hohler. Prettyman is the first UD student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in any sport since Elena Delle Donne was named the Academic All-American of the Year for Women’s Basketball in 2013.
“I am honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Prettyman, who earned a spot on the national All-American ballot after being named to the District 2 first team for the second straight year earlier this month. “It's so rewarding to see all of my hard work paying off. Words can't describe how much I am going to miss representing the Blue Hens on the track and out on the course.”
Prettyman, who capped an outstanding career by competing at the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships last month, earned her degree in exercise science with honors and concluded her career with a 3.88 grade point average. She will attend graduate school in physical therapy at the University of Delaware this fall.
“I am so proud to see the many honors that Lindsay has received this year,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “To earn Academic All-American honors and to excel in so many other areas during her four years at the University of Delaware just goes to show that anything is attainable with hard work and dedication. I wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”
Prettyman excelled in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field during an outstanding career. She was named the team Most Valuable Player in all three sports this past season, was selected as the UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, and earned the most prestigious award bestowed on a UD female student-athlete - the Mary Ann Hitchens Award - which recognizes a senior letterwinner who has exhibited outstanding qualities of hard work, dedication, leadership, fairness, and striving for excellence.
Whether she was racing through the woods on the cross country course, running past the competition on the indoor and outdoor track oval, or putting in long hours towards her academic endeavors, Prettyman excelled in all her pursuits at the University of Delaware. As a three-sport standout in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field, she earned 12 letters, served as a team captain, set 10 school records, and won 29 meet titles during her remarkable tenure at UD.
As a four-year standout in cross country, she was named team Most Valuable Player three times and led the squad in 21 races, capturing three individual titles along the way. She culminated her career this past fall by becoming just the third woman in UD history and first since 1984 to compete at the NCAA Championships.
During the indoor season, Prettyman won five meet titles this past winter and earned All-East honors for the second time in her career when she finished second in the mile run at the ECAC championships in Boston. For her career, she set school records in the 800 meters, 1,000 meters, 3,000 meters, and 4 x 800 meter relay.
Prettyman was even more impressive on the outdoor track where she established school standards in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 4 x 800 meter relay, and the distance medley relay. In May she led the Blue Hens to their first-ever CAA team title when she was named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer after winning both the 800 meter and 1,500 meter competitions. Her time in the 1,500 meters set a CAA meet record. She followed that up with a ninth place finish in the 800 meters at the ECAC Eastern championships and a 38th place showing in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA East Regionals.
In the classroom, Prettyman carried a near perfect 3.88 grade point average, was named to the CAA Academic Honor Roll numerous times, and is a two-year member of the National College Athlete Honor Society.
She has also played a key role in several community services initiatives, taking part in the Pigskin Pass for Special Olympics Delaware, serving at numerous youth track & field clinics, and taking a lead role in a shoe drive that collected over 600 pairs of shoes for the More Foundation Group that provides services for Africa and other underprivileged communities around the world.
Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Teams
1st Team - Juli Accurso (Ohio); Juliet Bottorff (Duke); Katie Clark (Butler); Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth); Frances Dowd (Virginia Tech); Adabelle Ekechukwu (Harvard); Amber Henry Schultz (Weber State); Tessa Hoefle (Lipscomb); Janice Jackson (Texas-El Paso); Hannah Kiser (Idaho); Anne Martin (Nebraska) ; Devin Mcmahon (Cornell); Mara Olson (Butler); Emily Shearer (Cornell); Caitlin Way (Oklahoma State)
2nd Team: Dior Delophont (Kent State); Ann Eason (Eastern Kentucky); Rebecca Esselstein (U.S. Air Force Academy); Lizzie Gleason (Dayton); Sarah Graham (South Carolina); Andrea Keklak (Georgetown); Elinor Kirk (UAB); Maddie McClellan (North Dakota State); Kali Olson (South Dakota State); Lucie Ondraschkova (Georgia); Alexis Paine (Alabama); Colleen Quigley (Florida State); Laura Roesler (Oregon); Jeannelle Scheper (South Carolina); Kiley Tobel (Michigan)
3rd Team: Lindsay Prettyman (Delaware); Kelsie Ahbe (Indiana); Megan Barry (Hartford); Nia Barnes (Alabama); Molly Basch (Austin Peay); Alycia Butterworth (Idaho); Alexandra Collatz (USC); Autumn Gipson (Middle Tennessee State); Therese Jernbeck (LSU); Katie Kessler (Wofford); Sandi Morris (Arkansas); Brooke Pleger (Bowling Green State); Rosalie Waller (Utah); Teresa Williamson (Radford); Jessica Yates (Grand Canyon)