Kerron Stewart Receives Honda Sports Award As Nation's Top Female Track And Field Athlete
Stewart went undefeated in individual events this year.
June 12, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn senior Kerron Stewart has been has been named the winner of the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top collegiate female track and field athlete for 2007. The honor is based on the results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 31st year.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, and Stewart's victory gives her an automatic nomination for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award. She was voted over three other nominees: Sarah Stevens, a sophomore at Arizona State; Natasha Hastings a junior at South Carolina and the 2007 Honda Sports Award winner for cross country, Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego. The candidates were selected by the National Association of Collegiate Track and Field Coaches.
"It feels really good to win an award that so many great athletes have received," said Stewart. "In my first season at Auburn, I was able to train with former Honda Award winner Elva Goulbourne (2003), and now to be recognized as one of the best athletes in track and field is great. It is an honor to win an award that Jackie-Joyner Kersee has also won for track and field. She is a model to female athletes everywhere and has helped give women in sports the recognition they deserve."
A native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Stewart recently capped an undefeated season, winning a national NCAA title in the 200m with a time of 22.42, just 0.01 seconds shy of breaking her own school record, which she set at the Mideast Regional Championships. At that meet she broke both the regional and stadium records and recorded what currently ranks as the fourth fastest time in the world for a female runner. Stewart was also this year's NCAA indoor champion in 60m and 200m and was chosen National, South Region and SEC Indoor Track Athlete of Year.
Stewart was the SEC Champion in the 100m and 200m, setting school records in the process. She won every individual event she competed in the 2007 season and was recently named a repeat winner of the SEC Women's Outdoor Track Runner of the Year award. Following the 2006 season, she was also named USTFCCCA National Runner of Year. Stewart holds outdoor school records in the 100m and 200m, as well as indoor records in the 55m, 60m and 200m.
An adult education major, Stewart is slated to graduate from Auburn University in the fall and currently has a 3.14 GPA. Upon graduation, Kerron plans on trying out for the Olympics but also would like to work in a field in which she can help children.
Previously announced Honda Sports Award recipients include the University of Tennessee's Monica Abbott for softball; the University of Miami's Audra Cohen for tennis; Duke University's Amanda Blumenherst for golf; Northwestern University's 3-time Honda Sports Award winner, Kristen Kjellman for lacrosse; the University of Georgia's Courtney Kupets for gymnastics; the University of Tennessee's Candace Parker for basketball; the University of Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce for swimming; the University of Nebraska's Sarah Pavan for volleyball; the University of North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly for soccer; the University of Maryland's Paula Infante for field hockey and Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego for cross-country. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions and the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at Columbia University in New York on June 25, 2007.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. sponsors the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program.