Westminster’s Parker Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College’s Megan Parker has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

Parker, a senior track and field thrower, was selected by the Presidents’ Athletic Conference for her career achievements on the field, including a role in leading the Westminster Titans to the conference’s track and field championship this season.

In that contest, she won both the discus and shot put, with her throw in the later setting a school and Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship record at 13.45 meters. She also helped the Titans to indoor conference titles in 2019 and 2020.

This season, she wrapped up her collegiate career in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, competing in shot put. She was the first Titan, male or female, to compete in the event at the national championship.

Parker recently graduated cum laude with a degree in nursing, earned a position on the dean’s list multiple times and held several campus leadership positions, including president of the Student Government Association and a student representative on Westminster’s board of trustees.

She was also a member of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, Lamda Sigma Honor Society, UPMC Jameson Student Council, National Social Sorority, and Black Student Union. Additionally, Parker was an American Red Cross volunteer and earned the Rising Titan Award.  

Nationally, 152 conferences nominate a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. A selection committee narrows the submissions to 30 candidates – 10 in each of NCAA’s divisions – before settling on three finalists from each division. 

This year, the 30 finalists will be honored at an award ceremony Oct. 17 in Indianapolis.

Source: Westminster College

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.