HANOVER, N.H. - Former Dartmouth women's track & field and cross country standout Alexi Pappas '12 has been named as one of the top 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The award reflects excellence not only in competition, but also in the classroom, the community and perseverance through personal hardships to succeed at the highest levels of women's collegiate athletics.

Pappas was a First Team All-American this past spring in the 3,000-Meter Steeplechase after a third-place showing at the NCAA Championship Meet in Des Moines in early June.

Nearly 430 women from across the nation comprised the poll of nominees, which was then narrowed down to the top 30 honorees released this week.

The top 30 women are composed of 10 honorees from each NCAA division and span various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists will be chosen from each division to form nine finalists for the award. The 2012 Woman of Year will be announced and the top 30 women will be honored during an Oct. 14 ceremony in Indianapolis.

The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. For example:

  • Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.87 grade-point average and more than 90 Academic All-America honors.
  • The top 30 earned nearly 20 national championships (individual and team) and nearly 110 All-America honors.
  • The top 30 volunteered for more than 375 organizations during their college careers.
  • Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.

A recent Dartmouth graduate, Pappas will compete this year for the Oregon Ducks as she pursues a master's degree and exhausts her NCAA eligibility.