Illinois Wesleyan track and field athlete Amelia Glueck, who graduated in May, has been selected as one of the final 30 honorees in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
From a record 581 school nominees, the group was narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices. The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions and all have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
The honorees competed in 13 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including finance, biochemistry, microbiology, kinesiology, nursing and communication.
The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 28 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.
A native of Pekin and graduate of Tremont High School, Glueck was named the 2018 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Woman of the Year in July.
She was a Division III All-American in every NCAA Championship she entered including individual outdoor long jump national titles in 2016 and 2018. She also helped lead the Titans to a national title during the 2016 outdoor season and is a nine-time all-American.
Glueck is the first NCAA Woman of the Year award top 30 finalist from Illinois Wesleyan since women’s basketball player Lexi Baltes in 2014.
At the conference level, Glueck was an eight-time conference champion including two indoor long jump titles (2015, 2018), four outdoor long jump titles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and two outdoor 4x100-meter relay titles (2015, 2016).
The Titans won four conference team titles during her career including two indoor (2015, 2016) and two outdoor (2015, 2016) championships.
A Health Promotion & Wellness Management major with a 4.0 grade-point average, Glueck was the winner of the NCAA Division III Elite 90 award during the 2018 Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA among the athletes that qualified for the national track & field championship.
She was also a member of the Dean’s List all four years and earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors in 2017 and 2018.
Glueck was actively involved with campus and community activities.
She organized community service projects as a member of Illinois Wesleyan’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, interned with the university’s campus dining to provide healthier meal options, interned in the athletic training room, helped organize weekly worship sessions with campus ministry, and was a team captain for her final three years with the Titans’ track and field program.
In the community, Glueck was a lunch buddy at Sheridan Elementary School, and served as a Sunday School teacher at Eastview Christian Church.
“These 30 women have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excelling in the classroom and in their sports while also serving their peers and communities,” said Sherika Montgomery, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and associate commissioner for governance and compliance at The Summit League.
“They represent the best and brightest of women competing in college and sports, and we’re thrilled to celebrate them and their achievements.”