HILLSBORO, Ore. - For the third time in four years, the Northwest Conference has selected a Whitworth student-athlete as its Woman of the Year. Marissa Mount, who graduated in May with a 4.0 grade point average, will represent the NWC as part of the NCAA's Woman of the Year program.
Mount (San Jose, Calif.), an All-American in track & field and cross country, will now be eligible for the national award. Mount joins Kayla Leland (2018) and KC McConnell (2016) as recent Pirates to earn the NWC Woman of the Year honor. Leland went on to become a top 9 finalist for the NCAA's national award.
2018-19 is the 29th year of the NCAA Woman of the Year program. The NCAA Woman of the Year is based on four pillars: academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Mount, who graduated with a degree in accounting and a perfect GPA, was recently selected as a first team Google Cloud Division III Academic All-American in track & field and cross country. In addition, Mount claimed the Elite 90 award at the 2018 NCAA Division III cross country championships, which is presented to the meet's competitor with the highest GPA.
Mount is a three-time All-American. She took third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May, following a fourth place finish in the same event in 2018. Mount finished 38th at the 2018 NCAA Division III cross country championships, claiming All-America status in that sport. Mount is the two-time defending Northwest Conference champion in the steeplechase. She missed most of the 2019 track season recovering from surgery, but still scored 29 points at the conference championships with a first place in the steeplechase, second in the 10,000 meters, third in the 5,000 and fourth in the 1,500 meters, covering 19.5 kilometers in less than 24 hours.
Mount was heavily involved in the "Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat" food drive sponsored by Whitworth's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) this fall. In addition, Mount volunteers with Whitworth's Volunteer Income Tax Associate program (VITA) providing free tax services in the Spokane area.
Mount served as a team captain for Whitworth's track & field team in 2019.
The NCAA will determine its first pool of finalists (top 30) for the 2019 Woman of the Year award in early September.