The Big 12 Conference has nominated Caitlin Way (Oklahoma State) and Bailey Webster (Texas) for 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 19, 2014.
Former Texas Tech track and field student-athlete Ifeatu Okafor earned the prestigious honor in 2013.
Way was a four-year letterwinner on the Oklahoma State indoor and outdoor track & field teams as a competitor in the weight throw and hammer throw. She was named All-Big 12 twice in each event in addition to excelling in the classroom as a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and two-time honoree on the USTFCCA All-Academic Team.
The physiology major graduated with a 4.00 grade point average. She was named a 2014 Oklahoma State University Outstanding Senior as one of the top 0.5 percent of seniors at the institution. While on campus, Way served as both vice-president and then president of FCA. She was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pre-Optometry Student Association.
A native of Mitchell, South Dakota, Way also participated in many other community service activities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Harvest II Food Drive, The #14 Foundation, Riverside Indian School and Cowboy Jamboree.
Webster competed on four NCAA Division I Volleyball Final Four teams, including the 2012 championship squad during her career with the Longhorns. The outside hitter was named Most Outstanding Player of both the 2012 NCAA Championship and Austin Regional and of the 2013 Nebraska Regional. Webster was a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and named the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year in addition to All-America honors in three seasons.
The advertising graduate student garnered Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors in 2013 and was selected to three Academic All-Big 12 First Teams during her career. Webster was inducted into Texas’ Friar Society in 2013, which is the oldest and most prestigious honor society at UT. She also received the V.F. “Doc” Neuhaus Award recognizing her athletic and academic accomplishments.
Webster served as a team captain in two seasons and was a five-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, including president in 2013-14. The San Antonio, Texas native’s civic projects were UT and Me, Survivor Challenge, Orange Santa and instructing students at youth volleyball clinics.