Hay was one of 452 college and university nominees from across the country vying for the 20th annual NCAA Woman of the Year award. As a conference nominee, Hay will now be in a pool of candidates, where the top 10 honorees from each division will be chosen. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year.
"Nikki is the epitome of what we look for in a student-athlete. This is a tremendous acknowledgment of the efforts she's put in during her career at Springfield College in addition to great recognition for our college and the NEWMAC," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Cathie Schweitzer. "To be selected along with Kelly Johnson of WPI is a great honor considering the number of accomplished student-athletes in the NEWMAC. Nikki represents everything that we are proud of when it comes to Pride athletics and she continues to be a tremendous ambassador for Springfield College."
Hay graduated from Springfield in May where she majored in Applied Sociology. The Norwalk, Conn. native was named to the NEWMAC All-Academic team twice and the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All Academic Track and Field Team in 2009. Hay also participated in multiple community service and campus activities, including a four year commitment to Springfield College’s Multicultural Affairs Office and recent volunteer work with Leaders in Academics, Community Engagement, and Service program.
Hay has been highly competitive in numerous track and field events, including her specialties of the triple jump and the long jump. She earned the title of NCAA triple jump national champion in during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in 2010. She was a three-time Springfield College Athlete of the Year and was twice named U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Outdoor Track & Field East Region Field Athlete of the Year and NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
The 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found at www.ncaa.org/awards/woty.