Gabby Thomas Named Ivy League's Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Gabby Thomas (women's track and field) was named the Ivy League’s nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Gabby Thomas (women's track and field) was named the Ivy League’s nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Gabby Thomas (women's track and field) was named the Ivy League's nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Gabby Thomas '19 of women's track and field was named the Ivy League's nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which spans NCAA Divisions I, II, and III. A total of 148 student-athletes chosen from a pool of 585 initial nominees by NCAA conferences and a selection committee represent college athletes from 20 sports spanning all three NCAA divisions.

Thomas, a native of Florence, Massachusetts, set numerous records at Harvard and currently holds the indoor records in the 60m (7.25), 200m (22.38), 300m (37.47), and is a member of the record holding 4x400m relay team. Gabby was just as prolific on the outdoor track, holding Harvard records in the 100m (11.19), 200m (22.32), long jump (6.27m), and setting school marks as a member of the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays. She was a five-time Heps Outstanding Performer of the Meet honoree, earning Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet four times (two indoor, two outdoor) and the 2018 Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet award.

During the 2017-18 indoor track season, Thomas became the first NCAA sprint champion in Ivy League history, winning the 200-meter dash while setting an NCAA indoor record, crossing the finish line in 22.38 seconds. She is a 25-time All-Ivy League athlete and an eight-time USTFCCCA All-American.

Thomas (neurobiology, global health and health policy) graduated in May, and was an Academic All-Ivy honoree during her time at Harvard. She was involved with the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, the WEBelieve Harvard Chapter, the Hyams Foundation, and the Harvard Caribbean Club, and earned the Radcliffe Prize in 2019.

The Top 30 honorees, comprising 10 women from each division, will be named by the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the pool to nine finalists — with three from each division — in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year.

The 2019 Woman of the Year will be named, and the Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.