June 4, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Graduate student Katie Matthews of the Boston University women’s track & field team received the 2013 America East Woman of the Year award Tuesday night at the conference’s annual awards dinner. The honor recognizes the conference’s senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
Matthews will now be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee to be considered for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year. The selec¬tion committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year.
After completing her undergraduate studies last May, Matthews maintained a 3.94 grade-point average this year while pursuing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology in Sargent College. She has been named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll five times, is a three-time member of the America East All-Academic team and was named an America East Winter Scholar-Athlete this year. Matthews is also a Sargent College Honor Society Member and in April received a Scarlet Key, which is one of BU’s highest academic honors that acknowledge the curricular and extracurricular achievements of students.
The Rocky Hill, Conn., native has been an active member of the BU community in both community service initiatives and campus activities. She is a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while also being very active in the school’s College for Every Student program. She also is a peer tutor and has been a guest speaker at a high school running camp over the past six years. Matthews has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, solicited donations for the Lupus Foundation, assisted at the Special Olympics Swim Meet and was part of the Holiday Reading Program.
In addition to her work in the classroom and the community, Matthews excelled on the track in 2013. She became the first Terrier female to earn two All-America selections in the same season, garnering first team honors in the 5,000m run and second team honors in the 3,000m run thanks to a strong showing at the NCAA Championships. She broke school records in both events and finished fifth in the national final of the 5,000m run. Overall, Matthews is a four-time All-American and a three-time first team all-conference honoree. She also earned a spot on the 2012 Under-23 U.S. Olympic team.
Matthews will compete in the national final of the 10,000m run at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday night at the University of Oregon. The race is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET.