LANCASTER, Pa. - Dickinson senior cross country and track & field athlete Elaina Clancy earned a high honor on Monday afternoon as she was named one of two nominees from the Centennial Conference for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year as announced by the organization.
Clancy was joined by Johns Hopkins women's basketball player Diarra Oden as the two nominees from the Centennial as chosen by the Senior Woman 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 graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. Every year, the NCAA encourages each member college and university to honor its top one or two graduating female student-athletes by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2022.
A two-sport standout for the Devils, Clancy put together an outstanding career in distance running. In the 2021 outdoor track & field season, she captured All-America honors in the 10,000 meters with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship. Earlier in the year, Clancy won Centennial gold in the 10k and claimed All-Region accolades in both the 10k and 5k. Her 10k time of 35:46.56 at the 2021 NCAA meet ranks second all-time at Dickinson and sixth in Centennial history. As a senior in 2022, Clancy finished as the conference runner-up in the 10k. During the 2021 cross country season, Clancy earned first-team all-conference accolades with a seventh-place individual finish at the CC meet.
A law and policy major and economics minor from Boiling Springs, Pa., Clancy graduated this spring with a 3.83 cumulative grade point average. She was an annual member of the Dean's List at Dickinson (2018-22) and also earned the Harry Goldberg Prize for Military Science in 2019, awarded to the top cadet.
While she sports an impressive athletic and academic resume, Clancy also boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments in leadership and community service positions. Clancy was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) from 2018-22, spending about 15 hours per week as part of the college-based officer training programs for training commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces. She displayed high levels of leadership as part of ROTC, climbing to the role of Battalion Commander - the highest ranking cadet in an 80-cadet battalion. Responsibilities of this position included overseeing battalion staff and coordinating community outreach events such as a Veteran's Day 5k race, Thanksgiving canned food drive, Habitat for Humanity fundraising day, and a volunteer field day with a local alternative school. Clancy was also 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 the return-to-campus throughout the pandemic. In 2021-22, she was one of just eight Dickinson student-athletes appointed to the Hera Honor Society, a group that seeks to empower and unite female-identifying student athletes through their eight core values of scholarship, leadership, equality, service, integrity, sportsmanship, tenacity, and resiliency. Clancy was the main coordinator of Yellow Breeches Field Day, a volunteer mentorship day with a local school, and was also responsible for building a female student-athlete mentorship program on campus, helping facilitate connections among the athletics community. Other campus leadership roles for Clancy included working as a teaching assistant in the economics department, serving on the honor board of Delta Nu, and serving as a student representative on the Academic Program and Standards Committee and 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 honorees will be announced in September, and the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced later in the fall.
To find out more about the award and a list of previous recipients click here.