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Former ‘Walk-on’ Trisana Fairweather named NCAA Woman of the Year Award Finalist

Jermaine Wright
College Sports Carib


Jamaican athlete Trisana Fairweather has been selected as one of nine finalists for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 28 in Indianapolis, where the 2018 Woman of the Year will be named.

One month ago a native of Hope Bay Port Antonio, Portland in Jamaica, will go up against former University of Georgia phenom jumper Keturah Orji as well as Sidney Peters School (University of Minnesota), Vanessa Shippy School (Oklahoma State University), Kami Norton (Angelo State University), Ade Ayoola (University of Chicago), Delaney Hiegert (Newman University), Kayla Leland (Whitworth University), Amelia Wilhelm (Bates College).

The nine finalists include three from each NCAA division demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. They competed in 13 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including finance, biochemistry, microbiology, kinesiology, nursing and communication.

Fairweather was selected from a record 581 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices in July before being curtailed to a list of top 30 honorees a month ago.

The former Claflin University track and field standout epitomized a ‘well-rounded athlete’ during her time in college.


“I strongly believe that my purpose in life is centered on helping others achieve their utmost best. I will continue upholding these traits as a leader and continue to contribute to the society, creating a platform for the future which will only improve the society in return.”


Leadership

She served for two years as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and one year as a Claflin University Student Ambassador.

She was a financial advisor for the Claflin Global Student Organization and financial manager for Passport to College, a nonprofit organization supporting international students as they transition to college life.

She was also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants.

She worked for two years as a peer mentor and tutor at the Claflin Academic Success Center.

Academics

Fairweather was brilliant in the classroom as well:

She earned the Presidential Award for the highest cumulative grade-point average.

Completed her studies with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA), and by virtue of taking the most credit hours of the     two graduates, was chosen to give the charge to the Claflin Class of 2018 at the 148th Commencement Convocation.

She was the 2016-17 Claflin Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

She also was recognized four times as a member of the SIAC All-Academic team

She also was honored as the student with the most outstanding performance in the business school.

Named the 2018 Claflin University valedictorian.

Track& Field

Fairweather, who had to ‘walk on’ at Claffin as she was not a highly recruited athlete coming from Titchfield High School in Jamaica, also did exceptionally well on the track despite being hampered by injuries.

She was the NCAA Division 2 Outdoor 200 meters champion in 2016 and also finished 3rd in the 100m.

She was named Claflin University Female Athlete of the Year for the 2015/2016 season.

She was also named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Was twice named SIAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year (2015, 2016)

She earned seven U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors.

Holds five Claflin track and field individual records, including marks in the 55-meter, 60-meter, 100-meter, 200-meter and     400-meter events. She also was a member of two relay teams that hold school records — the 4×100 and 4×400.

For the former Titchfield High School student-athlete, leadership is innate.

“I strongly believe that my purpose in life is centered on helping others achieve their utmost best. I will continue upholding these traits as a leader and continue to contribute to the society, creating a platform for the future which will only improve the society in return.”

Fairweather is currently pursuing a master’s degree in accounting at the prestigious Indiana University (Division 1) where she is a graduate transfer from Claflin (Division 2).

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