Sept. 16, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Lisa Aguilera, a standout for the Arizona State cross country and track and field programs, has been selected as the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Arizona, the NCAA announced Friday. An eight-time All-American, Aguilera is now in the running for the NCAA's highest honor to be awarded Nov. 1 in Indianapolis, Ind. The semifinalists will be pared down to 10 finalists Sept. 26.
"I was very surprised to be named the state winner," Aguilera said. "This state has some great student-athletes and NCAA champions. I am very excited to be named as the winner for the state of Arizona. To wrap-up my career in collegiate athletics like this is a great honor."
ASU's only female two-time All-American in cross country, Aguilera also totaled three honors indoors and another three on the outdoor track. Academically, Aguilera shined as she was named a three-time Verizon Academic All-American and three-times to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII team. In the conference, she was a five-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection while also garnering five Maroon and Gold Scholar-Athlete honors while attending ASU.
Aguilera, who held the world's fastest time in the 3,000m steeplechase for two weeks this spring, is the second Sun Devil track and field student-athlete to earn the honor of a state winner. ASU Hall of Famer Maicel Malone was the first-ever state winner from Arizona in the inaugural 1991 ceremony. As the second track and field honoree from ASU, Aguilera will try to follow Kelle Anne Booth (golf) in 1998 as the second Sun Devil to be named one of the 10 finalists as well as becoming the first to win the national honor.
Other Sun Devil state winners include Jennifer Anne Helfrich (volleyball) in 1993, Wendy A. Ward (golf) in 1995 and Carolyn Adel (swimming) in 2000.
Annually, the NCAA selects 51 women to contend for the national honor with one representative from each of the 50 states and one from the District of Columbia. This year, only 50 were selected as no nominations were received from the state of New Mexico.
NCAA Woman of the Year
Arizona State's Honorees
2003 - Lisa Aguilera (track and field)
2000 - Carolyn Adel (swimming)
1998 - Kelle Anne Booth (golf) - finalist
1995 - Wendy A. Ward (golf)
1993 - Jennifer Anne Helfrich (volleyball)
1991 - Maicel Malone (track and field)