Michelle Joyce Named AAC Nominee for NCAA Women of the Year

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IRVING, Texas — Temple cross country/track and field runner Michelle Joyce received one of the American Athletic Conference nominations for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award, joining Ellie Leather of Cincinnati.

Joyce, Temple’s sole nominee for the award, enjoyed a spectacular 2021 cross-country season and became only the second runner in program history to advance to the NCAA championships after receiving All-AAC honors for finishing third at the conference meeting would have.

Joyce has also excelled on the track throughout her career, setting the school record in the 10,000m and winning the silver medal at the 2021 AAC Outdoor Championships. She also became the 5,000m champion at the AAC Outdoor Championships.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership qualities of female graduates from all three divisions. To be eligible, a candidate must have competed in an NCAA-sponsored sport and earned a college degree and completed her bachelor’s degree by the summer of 2022.

A total of 151 nominees were selected by the conference bureaus to be included in the selection committee for consideration of the top 30, 53 of whom came from Division I institutions. The list includes 42 multisport student-athletes, including 24 dual-sport student- Athletes, 17 three-sport student-athletes and 1 four-sport student-athlete with an average GPA of 3.8.

The NCAA is scheduled to announce the top 30 nominees on August 4th.

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