Indianapolis, Ind. (June 27) -- MIT senior cross country/track and field runner Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) is among the program-record 544 student-athletes nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Overall, seven New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) student-athletes were nominated by their respective institutions for the accolade. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award will be presented on October 22, 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Gong, a 15-time All-American who graduated from MIT with a perfect 5.0 GPA, is one of 198 Division III nominees and one of 49 three-sport athletes (indoor track, outdoor track and cross country) who is nominated for the award. Gong earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science and is now pursuing her Master's degree in engineering with a focus on artificial intelligence.
In 2016, MIT swimming and diving senior Margaret Guo (San Diego, Calif.) became the first MIT student-athlete and only the fourth Division III student-athlete to win the award, which is the most prestigious honor given annually to a female by the NCAA.
A three-time First Team Academic All-American, Gong was also the 2016 CoSIDA D3 Women's Academic All-America Athlete of the Year. The 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Elite 90 recipient, she is a former NCAA 3,000 meter champion who also captured the 2017 NEWMAC 1,500-meter championship outdoors.