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FSU distance standout makes cut for NCAA Woman of the Year
Winslow has been selected as one of 30 honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The announcement was made Tuesday by the NCAA, which culled its original list of 450 nominees from all three divisions, to a select group representing 10 each from Division I, Division II and Division III.
"Amanda's selection as a top 30 candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year honors put her among a most elite group nationally," FSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Vanessa Fuchs said. "The commitment she demonstrated as a Florida State student-athlete to academic excellence, leadership and community involvement, while earning multiple All-America honors in cross country and track, has left an indelible mark on those she has touched. We could not be more proud to have her represent our university for this prestigious award."
Winslow, who hails from Lawrenceville, Ga., graduated in August with 3.788 grade point average and a degree in Sport Management. She is currently pursuing a professional career as a runner and aspires to become a collegiate coach.
"It is an honor and a blessing to be nominated into the top 30 for this award," Winslow said. "I am so grateful for the support and guidance from my family, Coach [Karen] Harvey, the Academic Department, my professors and Student Services. Without all of these people I would not have been able to learn the balance of excelling in all areas of life while being a student-athlete."
In September, the NCAA will narrow the group of 30 to three finalists from each division. The entire group will be recognized at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, where the 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced.
A star in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field for the Seminoles, Winslow earned seven All-American honors over the course of her four years at Florida State. She is a three-time All-American in cross country for Karen Harvey's team, which has placed in the top four at the NCAA Championship meet all four years. Winslow earned her second Indoor All-American honor in March when she was the runner-up in the mile as she posted the 10th-fastest time in NCAA history, which was gave her Florida State and ACC records. She capped her Outdoor career by claiming a second consecutive All-American honor in the 1500 meters, placing eighth earlier this month.
Academically, Winslow was selected to the Capital One Academic All-American team by CoSIDA in July, which capped a year that saw her sweep Atlantic Coast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. She has been a member of the All-ACC Academic team each of her four years in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
A two-time captain for Harvey's cross country squad as well as Bob Braman's track & field teams, Winslow is an exemplary leader and mentor to her teammates. She has also been an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. An active volunteer in the community, she has delivered food to the needy, sang Christmas carols at a retirement home and promoted Relay for Life, among a variety of others endeavors.
Florida State women's cross country and distance coach Karen Harvey has marveled at Winslow's ability to excel in so many areas.
"Balance - Amanda Winslow has mastered it," Harvey said. "School, elite athletics, being a leader, her faith, the community; all of this she balanced day to day. Amanda has that special ability to be juggling all those things at once with excellence."