TUCSON – Former Wildcat Brigetta Barrett, a member of the women’s track and field program from 2010 to 2013, received yet another award on Friday. The NCAA has selected 10 extraordinary student-athletes who will be honored in January as the Today’s Top 10 Award winners.
The NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2012-13 academic year and will be recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif.
The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees and is comprised of athletics administrators at member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former student-athletes.
Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today’s Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award in 2013 to include 10 honorees in order to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.
Barrett graduated cum laude from Arizona with a cumulative GPA of 3.54 and a degree in theatre arts. She was a six-time NCAA Champion in the high jump, the most in collegiate history. She won three Pac-10/12 Championships as well. She is the collegiate record-holder for women’s high jump with a mark of 6-6.25 (1.99m) and she was the 2013 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Field Athlete of the Year. Barrett was a two-time Capital One Academic All-America team member and the 2013 University of Arizona Ruby Award winner for excellence in academics, athletics and personal development. She was an active member on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was the president during the 2012-13 school year. Barrett participated in the Students on Stage program and sang the national anthem at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, an Arizona Diamondbacks game on Sept. 11, 2012, and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Barrett represented Team USA and was a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist in the high jump, making her the first collegiate female in track and field to medal at the Olympics since 1984. In the summer of 2013, Barrett won the USA Championship with a personal-best clearance of 6-8.25 (2.04m), the No. 2 jump in U.S. history. She went on to represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships where she cleared 6-6.75 (2.00m) and claimed a silver medal.
The other nine honorees were Amber Brooks (University of North Carolina, women’s soccer), Raven Chavanne (University of Tennessee, softball), Elena Delle Donne (University of Delaware, women’s basketball and volleyball), Ellie Duffy (Concordia University, women’s volleyball), Barrett Jones (University of Alabama, football), Jocelyne Lamoureux (University of North Dakota, women’s ice hockey), Tim Nelson (University of Wisconsin, Stout, men’s cross country and track and field), Kayla Shull (Clarion University of Pennsylvania, women’s swimming and diving) and Mary Weatherholt (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, women’s tennis).
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