Marisa Howard of Boise State is a three-time All-American, finishing second in the steeplechase last season and fourth this year. She represented the United States at the World University Games and finished fourth in the event. Howard holds the Bronco record in the steeplechase and has won 11 All-Mountain West Conference honors.
Howard received more recognition when she was announced yesterday as one of two nominees from the Mountain West for NCAA Woman of the Year. The NCAA named 147 female student-athletes who have been honored by their athletic conferences and independent schools across Division I, II and III. Howard is one of 57 Division I student-athletes to be nominated for the award.
From this pool, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chooses the top 10 honorees in each division and will announce those honorees in early September. This list will be whittled down to three from each division by the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then vote from among those nine finalists to determine the 2015 Woman of the Year, who will be announced on October 18.
"This is a huge honor," Howard said. "I never knew about any of these awards until recently. It's awesome that the accomplishments in the classroom are finally paying off."
Howard graduated in May with a degree in nursing after finishing her career with a 3.84 grade-point average. Marisa made the Dean's List in seven semesters at Boise State and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
In addition to her performance on the field and in the classroom, Howard partnered with St. Mark's Church Community Health Ministry last fall and created a health survey to better serve the needs of their large church population. Marisa represented the Boise State School of Nursing at the Service Learning in Action Student Exhibition.
Abbey Elsberry (2004) and Amy Glass (2012) are previous Top 10 honorees from Boise State.