HATTIESBURG, Miss. (PRESS RELEASE) - Regen McGee, a senior distance runner at the University of Southern Mississippi, was named one of a record 605 female college athletes nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award in an announcement Tuesday.
The Pass Christian, Miss., native is a member of the Golden Eagle cross country as well as the indoor and outdoor track and field squad, having lettered in each of the last four seasons.The senior is heavily involved in Southern Miss Student Athlete Advisory Committee as the cross country representative, and among her volunteer efforts this past fall, she helped with the SAAC food drive which collected 1,010 pounds of canned and non-perishable food that was donated to the Eagles Nest Food Pantry on the campus of Southern Miss. She was the school’s Conference USA Spirit of Service winner for the Fall 2019.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award.