University of Delaware Track & Field Standout Lindsay Prettyman Named CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
RICHMOND, Va. -- Former University of Delaware women’s cross country and track & field standout Lindsay Prettyman placed her name on yet another prestigious award Wednesday as she was named the Colonial Athletic Association Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 athletics season.
Prettyman (St. Mark’s HS/Newark, Del.), who in May earned a spot on the Capitol One/CoSIDA Academic All-American third team, was joined by William & Mary senior swimmer Andrew Strait, who was named the CAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The awards were chosen by the league’s media relations directors.
The conference selected a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of its 21 championship sports this season, and those winners were placed on the ballot for the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. All of the winners were a starter or important reserve on their team and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Five of the finalists were conference Players of the Year and 18 of them received all-conference honors in their respective sports. Among the other candidates for the award were Delaware’s Allegra Gray (women’s soccer) and Baralee Theinthong (women’s golf).
Prettyman’s honor marks the third straight year that the University of Delaware has produced the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as former UD All-American basketball player and current WNBA star Elena Delle Donne earned the award in both 2012 and 2013.
Delaware becomes the first CAA school to produce a CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year three straight years since the awards began in 2002-03. Prettyman is also just the second cross country and track runner to be honored as the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Towson’s Brandi Gervais, who was honored in 2011.
“We are so proud of Lindsay and all that she has accomplished not only as an outstanding athlete but as a first-class student,” said Delaware women’s cross country and track & field head coach Wendy McFarlane. “There are so many great student-athletes throughout the CAA and for her to be chosen above the rest just shows how impressive her season and career have been and how hard she has worked to be exceptional in both areas.”
Prettyman 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 was named to the CAA Academic Honor Roll numerous times during her career and is a two-year member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. She will attend graduate school in physical therapy at the University of Delaware this fall.
She 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.
As a four-year standout in cross country, Prettyman 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 indoor 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.
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.