GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior Alexa Wandy was named the NCAA Division III Track & Field Women's Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), announced Tuesday.
Wandy was honored after sweeping the long jump and triple jump events to win a pair of national titles at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by North Central (Ill.), last week.
In Saturday's triple jump competition, second-seeded Wandy posted five of the six longest performances on the day, including a championship meet record 41-5 3/4 (12.64m) on her final jump that was nearly a foot better than runner-up Amber Williams from Wisconsin-Platteville.
Seeded sixth for Friday's long jump event, Wandy posted a career-best mark of 19 feet, 6 1/4 inches (5.95m) on her sixth and final jump, besting runner-up Asia Greene (19-5 1/4 - 5.92) from George Fox by an inch.
Now a five-time All-American, Wandy also posted runner-up finishes in the triple jump at last year's NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Her long jump showing came in her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the event.
The first competitor from the State University of New York Athletic Conference to ever be recognized as a USTFCCA Athlete of the Year, Wandy is the third Geneseo competitor to win an individual indoor national championship and the first since Kim DePrez (high jump) and Melissa White (5,000) won titles in 2003. She is also the first to ever win two national titles at the same meet.
Wandy is the seventh individual national champion in Geneseo history across all sports, bringing home the eighth and ninth national titles in school history.