Okafor Among Top-30 For NCAA Woman of the Year

Ifeatu Okafor is a top-30 honoree for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Aug 20, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Lady Raider track and field senior Ifeatu Okafor has officially been selected from more than 450 nominees as a top-30 honoree for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the top-30, spanning various NCAA sports.

"What a great honor for Ifeatu," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm so proud she was selected as one of the top-30 honorees. She exemplifies what a true student-athlete really is. Her tireless volunteer work along with her unbelievable GPA, and her All-America status in track and field just makes me so proud to know that she came through our program and will be representing Texas Tech 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. A two-time All-American and a Big 12 Champion, Okafor is one of the top female throwers in school history.

In 2011, she was crowned the Big 12 Outdoor Shot Put Champion where she set the current school record with a winning toss of 17.77-meters (58-feet 3.75 inches). She went on to finish third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and earn All-America First Team honors.

Okfafor also earned All-America Second Team honors during the 2011 indoor season.

In the classroom, Okafor earned Magna Cum Laude honors as an Exercise Sports Science major. She was a 2012 Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Award recipient, a 2012 John McLendon Scholarship finalist, earned All-Academic Honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and several more academic excellence recognitions.

In 2013, she was an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar finalist and for the fourth consecutive year earned Academic All-Big 12 honors. Meanwhile, her community service efforts stretched just as far. During her Texas Tech career Okafor has tirelessly volunteered her time with organizations such as YWCA, South Plains Food Bank, Children's Covenant Hospital and the Susan G. Komen foundation and several more.

In September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award. The 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.




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