UND's Overby nominated for NCAA Woman of Year

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UND senior Madison Overby, a three-time All-Summit League runner who will soon begin dental school at Harvard University, was announced as a nominee for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award, established in 1991, honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility in their primary sport and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Overby earned All-Summit League honors during the 2019-20 cross country and indoor track & field seasons, and Academic All-Summit League distinction during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

The Austin, Minn., native helped set the indoor distance medley relay record on Feb. 15, running the opening leg at the South Dakota State Indoor classic, her final of three school records she set with the Fighting Hawks during her career. She also finished in the top-10 in eight different events at the University of North Dakota.

Off the running paths, Overby served three years as the track & field program's representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was Sports Editor for The Dakota Student, UND's student newspaper.

Like other spring sport student-athletes, Overby's season was cut short. Though the NCAA has granted these student-athletes with waiver exceptions to compete next season, Overby has decided to pursue her graduate studies at Harvard University in the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM).

As one of 280 students pursuing a doctorate in dentistry, Overby will receive formal medical school training in addition to her dentistry instruction at Harvard.

"HSDM believes oral health and primary care are interchangeable," Overby said. "The integration of this belief into their education could allow me to treat patients comprehensively and recognize health problems which would normally require patients with limited time on their hands to see a medical doctor."

Overby's name was submitted by UND to The Summit League, where it will now select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

The University of North Dakota has had two student-athletes in the last two years, Tamara Merseli (2018) and Katie Moller (2019), move to the conference-level stage of the process.

From the Top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, and the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Nov. 1 in Indianapolis.

(UND Athletics)

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