Dorsey, MacLean Chosen as Atlantic 10 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Two outstanding former Atlantic 10 Conference female student-athletes have been selected as the league’s nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. George Mason’s Sharon Dorsey and Heather MacLean of Massachusetts were announced Thursday as the league’s two candidates for one of the NCAA’s most prestigious honors.
Both student-athletes completed their eligibility this past year. They were selected from a pool of 14 outstanding institutional honorees, representing seven A-10 sports and 11 different A-10 institutions. Dorsey and MacLean, both track and field student-athletes, were chosen as the conference’s nominees by the Atlantic 10’s 14 Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs) based on their athletic achievements, academic prowess, community involvement and leadership abilities. Both A-10 candidates have exceptional resumes in all four areas.
The NCAA will select the top 30 (10 per division), and then will narrow the list to the top nine finalists (three per division) in late September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine. The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.
A six-time Atlantic 10 champion, Dorsey compiled an impressive career on and off the track for George Mason. The Baltimore native won six A-10 gold medals (indoor and outdoor) as a member of the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. That included helping the Patriots set the A-10 Championship record in the 4x400 with a winning time of 3:38.58 at the 2018 A-10 Outdoor Championships. She was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Track/Cross Country Team by CoSIDA this past spring.
Dorsey, an Environmental Science Major, received the Atlantic 10’s prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship, and was named to the A-10 All-Academic Team for track (indoor and outdoor) five times. In addition, she was named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll seven times. She also received the Mason athletic department’s prestigious Susan A. Collins Leadership Award for Women in Sport. She was an A-10 representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, where she also served as vice president. She is also on the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and was the treasurer for her Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. She received the Outstanding Performance Departmental Award from the College of Science, the 2017 MVP Award from the Black Excellence Gala. In the community, she volunteered in the Occoquan River Clean Up, the Victim’s Rights Run/Walk 5K and the Langston Hughes Middle School Career Day.
A three-time All-American (mile 2016, cross country 2017, outdoor 800m 2018), MacLean was a four-time NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary qualifier in her career, which spanned five seasons with the Minutewomen. A Peabody, Mass., native, she was an eight-time New England champion (six individual tiles, two relays) and 10-time Atlantic 10 champion (800m, 1,500m, two relays) on the track to go along with two Atlantic 10 Cross Country individual titles (2016, 2017). She won the 2017 New England Cross Country championships, as well. MacLean was a two-time Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Cross Country Performer (2016, 2017), the 2016 Atlantic 10 Indoor Most Outstanding Track Performer and the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Most Outstanding Track Performer. She was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 performer in cross country and holds seven individual school records and a share of four relay records, three New England records and two A-10 records.
For her work in the classroom, MacLean was a six-time A-10 Academic All-Conference honoree (cross country 2015, 2016, 2017/indoor track and field 2016/outdoor track and field 2017, 2018). A graduate student studying education, she was among 10 graduating seniors honored for exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership as 21st Century Leaders during UMass’ Undergraduate Commencement in 2017.