By CCC Intern Khyrin Williams
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Endicott’s Abigail Keim (Williston, Vt.) has been selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon (June 27).
As the conference nominee, Keim will be forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which will choose the top 10 honorees in each NCAA division. The committee will then determine the top three candidates from each division from that pool. The nine finalists will be sent to the Committee on Women’s Athletics, which will vote to determine the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 30 Woman of the Year candidates will all be honored at a dinner on Oct. 20 in Indianapolis. The 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will also be announced at that time.
Keim, a biology/biotechnology and psychology major, was a four-year member of Endicott’s cross country team and a two-year member of EC’s track and field team. Throughout her time as a student-athlete, she maintained an excellent grade point average, graduating summa cum laude, and was also a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference Academic All-Conference honoree.
Throughout her collegiate career, Abigail volunteered with Relay for Life, North Shore Road Races, Let’s Get Ready SAT Coach and at Beverly Hospital Emergency Department. Since arriving at EC, she was heavily involved in the community, during Keim’s time with Let’s Get Ready SAT Coach, she taught classes of underprivileged high school students about the writing and reading sections of the SAT as well as being a college application essay tutor.
Keim received numerous honors and recognitions during her time as a student-athlete including the college’s Scholar-Athlete award, Female Student-Athlete of the Year, and President's Award.
She also made the Dean’s List three times, was a National Honor Society member, earned two selections onto the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, and was a 2019 CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team selection.
Keim won the CCC Cross Country Rookie of the Year award to start her collegiate career. Along with winning CCC Rookie of the Week on four different occasions that season.
ABOUT THE NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
With nominees from each collegiate division, the NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes.
To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by summer 2019.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.