SDSU’s Donnay Named Women’s #SummitXC Athlete of the Year

SDSU’s Donnay Named Women’s #SummitXC Athlete of the Year

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Emily Donnay was named Summit League Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year as voted upon by the league's head coaches. Donnay is the initial SDSU female to receive the award.

Donnay won The Summit League Championship and placed 23rd at the NCAA Midwest Regional while recording the league's top two times this season. Her performances earned her the league's Championship MVP award and NCAA All-Region honors.

The sophomore from Kimball, Minn., was a two-time Summit League Athlete of the Week selection and recorded four top-ten finishes, including a trio of top-five placings.

2016 SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS

Athlete of the Year
Emily Donnay, South Dakota State

First Team All-League
Emily Donnay, South Dakota State
Rachel King, South Dakota State
Julia Noah, South Dakota
Erin Wetzstein, South Dakota
Zoey Johnson, IUPUI
Brittany Brownotter, North Dakota State
Emily Berzonsky, South Dakota State

Second Team All-League
Emma Kusch Dahle, North Dakota State
Megan Billington, South Dakota
Melina Kuerschner, North Dakota State
Taylor Janssen, North Dakota State
Lindsay Joyce, South Dakota
Kayla Huhnerkoch, North Dakota State
Hanna Sanchez, Oral Roberts

Championship MVP
Emily Donnay, South Dakota State

Newcomer of Championship
Julia Noah, South Dakota

Coach of the Year
Dan Fitzsimmons, South Dakota

Academic All-League
Emily Berzonsky, South Dakota State
Zoey Johnson, IUPUI
Rachel King, South Dakota State
Halie Mechels, South Dakota State
Erin Wetzstein, South Dakota

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit the newly re-designed www.thesummitleague.org website, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.

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