Kaitlyn Arnold, a three-sport participant at Alma College in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field, is the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Arnold is one of 145 female student-athletes nominated by conferences and an independent selection committee out of a record 543 school nominees. The 2017 Woman of the Year selection committee is tasked to select the Top 30 nominees, with 10 representing each NCAA division. After again selecting a top nine – three from each division – the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will name the 2017 Woman of the Year.
Those selected as the Top 30 will be recognized Oct. 22 in Indianapolis at the annual Woman of the Year banquet, which will also feature the naming of the 2017 Woman of the Year.
Arnold's athletic, academic, and community accomplishments in her four years at Alma College have been widely recognized. A three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, including a two-time first-team honoree, Arnold was named an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient following the fall competition season in 2016.
A three-sport athlete for Alma, Arnold participated in two NCAA Championships for cross country and also was an MIAA champion in the 1500m run twice during the outdoor season. Arnold was the MIAA champion in the 5,000m run at the 2017 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
With a 4.0 grade-point average, Arnold earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award twice: the honor, given to the highest individual GPA at an NCAA Championships, was awarded to Arnold at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships and the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.