Lauren Bonds Named Top 30 Honoree For NCAA Woman of the Year

Sept. 9, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –

Kansas track and field recent graduate Lauren Bonds is among the top 30 honorees for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year award, named by a committee of representatives from various NCAA schools and conferences. This year a record 452 nominations were submitted for the award.

Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Bonds placed seventh in the 1,500-meter run at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to earn All-America honors. She also earned indoor All-America accolades as part of the Jayhawk distance medley relay. The Hutchinson, Kan., native was the 2010 Big 12 Champion in the 1,500 meters. She is an 11-time All-Big 12 performer in indoor and outdoor track combined and holds five school records.

The political science/international studies and history major was a 2010 Prentice Gautt Scholarship recipient and named a 2009-10 University of Kansas Woman of Distinction. She is a four-time Academic All-American and Big 12 All-Academic Team honoree. Bonds has served as a volunteer at the Lawrence Community Shelter and worked with the Church World Services Immigrant and Refugee program. Her other projects include assisting with Project Bridge: Translation Service, the Douglas County AIDS project and Coalition for Immokalee Workers.

The top 30 honorees were nominated by conference and independent members and are representative of multiple sports. Ten honorees were selected from each of the three NCAA divisions.

Three finalists will be chosen from each division to form the nine finalists for the Woman of the Year award. The national winner will be chosen by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics. The recipient of the 20th annual award will be announced during the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event Oct. 17 in Indianapolis.