DePauw's Reich Named 2010 SCAC Woman of the Year

DePauw's Reich Named 2010 SCAC Woman of the Year

SUWANEE, Ga. - Recent DePauw University graduate Lauren Reich has been named the 2010 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Woman of the Year and will be the conference’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Reich is the fourth consecutive former DePauw student-athlete to be recognized as SCAC Woman of the Year – following Amanda Stier in 2009 (who shared the honor with Colorado College’s Melanie Auguste), Katie Doogan in 2008 and Liz Bondi in 2007.

“Lauren's selection as SCAC Women of the Year is fitting recognition of her outstanding achievements both in and out of the classroom at DePauw University,” said Page Cotton, Theodore S. Katula Director of Athletics at DePauw.

Reich, a biology major from Mesa, Ariz., earned six all-America honors in track and field and two in cross country, including a fourth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, a second-place showing in the 1,500-meter run and a third-place finish at the 2010 Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. She also was fourth in the 5,000-meter run at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Reich was part of SCAC cross country championship teams each of her four years, won the meet twice (2006 and 2009) and finished second two times. In track and field, she won the 800- and 1,500-meter events each of her last three years and added the 5,000 meters to her titles this year.

Reich was a three-time SCAC Academic Honor Roll selection in cross country and twice in track and field.

She holds three indoor school records and was part of a record-setting relay and also holds three outdoor school marks. This spring she was a co-recipient of DePauw's Amy Hasbrook Award as the top senior female student-athlete.

"Not only will Lauren be remembered as one of the greatest runners at DePauw and the SCAC, she will also be remembered for the way she conducted herself,” said DePauw Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach Kori Stoffregen. “Lauren is very humble and always put others ahead of herself. She is a class act!"

A three-year team captain for both the cross country and track teams, Reich represented her teammates as a member of the DePauw Student-Athlete Advisory Board in 2007-2008. The following year, she volunteered to participate with the DePauw Global Health Initiative. A member of Alpha Phi, Reich served as a biology mentor to her fellow sisters this past year.

Back in her hometown of Mesa, Reich has volunteered since 2004 with the Mesa Bird Rescue – an organization that helps to rescue and rehabilitate small birds.

Reich was one of four outstanding nominees considered by the SCAC Woman of the Year Committee. In addition to Reich, the 2010 Woman of the Year candidates were:

* Becky Atnip, basketball and outdoor track & field, Rhodes College
* Rosie McAuley, soccer, Centre College
* Jennifer McKinley, softball, Millsaps College

As the SCAC winner, Reich will also be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each NCAA conference, and independent institutions, can nominate an distinguished female student-athlete for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the top 10 winners in each division in August. From those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division (September). Finally, the members of the CWAÂ will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the Woman of the Year.

The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAÂ Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis, on October 17, 2010.

From 1991 to 2005, each state had a woman of the year honoree and from that group 10 finalists were selected. From the top-10 finalists, the national winner was then chosen. Since 2006, each conference and independent school forwards nominations to the NCAA.

For more information on the SCAC Woman-of-the-Year award, including a list of past winners, click here.