GLVC nominates Christie for NCAA Woman of the Year
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) has selected University of Wisconsin-Parkside senior distance runner Hope Christie as its nominee for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, given annually to a female senior student-athlete for her collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics, and academics.
Christie was recently named the recipient of the Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award as the conference's Female Athlete of the Year, as well as the GLVC Women's Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. The nursing major, who also carried minors in Spanish and sociology, recently completed her collegiate career at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, placing 12th overall in the 1,500 meters. She also earned a 10th-place finish in the 5,000 meters earlier in the year at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
A native of Somers, Christie finished her career as a nine-time All-Conference honoree in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field, while also being selected as the 2007 GLVC Freshman of the Year in cross country and the 2009 GLVC Indoor Distance Medley Relay Champion.
She is a six-time qualifier for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, competing in the mile and distance medley at the 2009 indoor event, the mile at both the 2010 and 2011 indoor championships, and the 5,000 and 1,500 meters at the 2012 indoor and outdoor competitions, respectively. Christie has earned multiple All-America accolades in both track and cross country.
Christie earned a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) during spring semester 2012 and finished her career at UW-Parkside with a 3.84 cumulative mark. She is a seven-time Academic All-American and a 10-time Academic All-GLVC honoree. She also received an award for the highest GPA for a nursing major, was the recipient of the Goldstein-Clark Endowed Scholarship for Nursing, and earned the Senior Student Involvement Award for her efforts in the classroom.
In addition to the honors for her schoolwork, Christie has had a positive impact on campus and community. She served as a doctoral research assistant, was a member of the Student Nurses Association at Parkside, which allowed her to plan and raise funds for events to benefit Special Olympics and the March of Dimes. She also mentored foreign exchange students in 2009 and middle school students through the Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2012.Nominees from Division I, II, and III conferences across the country have been forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The committee chooses the top 10 nominees in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year. The top 10 honorees will be celebrated and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 14 in Indianapolis.