Buckhannon, WV - Former Bobcat standout, Ashli Knotts, has been nominated as a conference honoree for 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year. All together 430 girls across the nation, Division I, II, and III have been selected and the Top 30, ten from each Division, will be announced come early September.
"In my opinion, Ashli Knotts is the greatest female athlete Wesleyan has ever had, and there have been some great ones here. She was All-State in four sports in high school, and track was probably her fourth best," stated Head Coach, Jesse Skiles.
Knotts is a rare athlete in that she has school records in the javelin, 800meters, and 6000meters not to mention being a league champion three times in the heptathlon. This displays her versatility and work ethic as all of her events require specific training. Upon being an exceptional athlete, her work ethic continued over to the classroom.
"Beyond her athletic prowess… she was a perennial Dean's List performer and graduated with Honors. Her commitment to the team and her strong work ethic is how she attained these accomplishments. Both of her parents were outstanding athletes and have produced stellar coaching careers, so she had an understanding of the value of hard work," said Skiles. "She truly exhibited the characteristics we take pride in being a Bobcat."
Should Knotts be selected as one of the Top 30, she will receive a hand-written letter from the NCAA most likely with other deserving accolades in early September. Until then, we'll keep our fingers crossed.