Winters Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former Kansas State track and field standout Dani Winters has been nominated for the 26th annual NCAA Woman of the Year award, the athletics department announced. 

Winters is one of 517 honorees to be nominated for the prestigious award, the most in the history of the Woman of the Year program, and is one of 231 female student-athletes nominated from the Division I level. Nominees are evaluated for the award based on four criteria: academics, athletics, service and leadership. 

The Plainville, Kansas, native recently graduated from K-State in May with a 3.92 GPA in communication studies. Her academic excellence earned her CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team honors, which she received at the end of May, as well as Co-Big 12 Women’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which she earned at the beginning of June. 

Winters has been equally successful on the track. During the indoor season, she won the 2016 Indoor National Championship in the shot put with a school-record throw of 17.97m/58-11.50. She also won the Outdoor Big 12 Conference title in the event in May with a throw of 17.39m/57-00.75.

She closed out her Wildcat career in shot put, finishing in 12th place at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, with a throw of 16.45m/53-11.75 to earn Second Team All-American honors. She ended her career holding the indoor and outdoor school record in shot put. She will also compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held from July 1-10. 

She has also been active in the community during her time with the Wildcats, volunteering at the university, Frank V. Berman Elementary School and at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She also did work of the Manhattan Track Club as well as work the Kansas State track camp. 

The top 30 nominees, broken down to 10 student-athletes per division, will be announced in early September. The list will then be whittled down to the top nine candidates, or top three per division, before the Woman of the Year is announced on Sunday, October 16 at a special awards dinner in Indianapolis. 

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