GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo women's cross country and track & field standout Elise Ramirez '19 will represent the Knights and the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) as this year's honoree for 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year, announced Monday.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Ramirez was chosen by conference officials and an independent selection committee from the pool of conference nominees as one of 149 student-athletes for consideration for the award.
Ramirez closed her Geneseo career with a runner-up finish in the 5,000 (17:07.34) at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships for her third All-America citation this past spring. She also graduated with a 3.70 grade point average majoring in biology and was named the 2019 SUNYAC Dr. Dolores Bogard Award winner, given annually to the conference's top female scholar-athlete.
A 2019 Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Ramirez was voted the Atlantic Region and SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field Runner of the Year after a spring that included running the nation's sixth-fastest 1,500 time and winning the SUNYAC 5,000 Championship.
Ramirez' standout senior campaign included 2018 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region and SUNYAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year honors last fall after winning individual titles at both championship meets. She also finished an All-American seventh in the 5,000 during the NCAA Indoor Championships after placing 25th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The Phi Beta Kappa inductee also swept the SUNYAC Women's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Outdoor Track & Field and Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
A volunteer at her local church and at the Genesee Valley Oak Tree Half Marathon, Ramirez led the Geneseo Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a Campus Coordinator and earned six USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors.
Ramirez will be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year award among 585 total nominees from across all three NCAA divisions. A selection committee will pare the list down to 10 honorees from each division, before narrowing those 30 names down to three honorees from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then select a winner from those final nine. For more information about the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, visit NCAA.org.