Vann honored in NCAA top 30 for 2016 Woman of the Year Award

Vann honored in NCAA top 30 for 2016 Woman of the Year Award

Buffalo State women's track and field standout Sasa Vann has been selected as a Top 30 honoree for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

A record 517 school nominees were submitted this year, which was whittled down to 142 conference nominees. The committee selected 30 women from that pool – 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions – representing 13 sports and a host of undergraduate majors, including biology, accounting, criminal justice, education, engineering and computer science.

The top 30 honorees have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

"This year's top 30 honorees have achieved remarkable things during their time in college," said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at the University of Georgia. "They are model student-athletes for generations of young women to come, and we are immeasurably proud of their accomplishments."

The selection committee will name nine finalists – three women from each division – in late September. From the nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2016 Woman of the Year, who will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

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