COURTESY: Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. (6/19/14) – The Arkansas State women’s athletics program has claimed its highest finish ever in the Capital One Cup standings, earning a prestigious top-50 award Thursday for ranking No. 44 among all NCAA Division I programs in the nation during 2013-14.
The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men’s and women’s Division I college athletics programs in the country. A-State’s previous highest ranking was No. 51 in 2012-13, and this year’s 44th-place finish is the highest ever by a Sun Belt Conference women’s program.
“It’s a great day for our Arkansas State women’s program, ranking 44th in the nation,” said A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. “This is a great testament to the hard work and dedication our coaches and female student-athletes have displayed. We are very proud of this prestigious accomplishment, receiving the Top 50 Award and earning the highest ranking in school history. The last two years we have invested in our women’s program, and we will continue to do so to make it even stronger.”
The 2013-14 athletics year saw the Red Wolves collect many accolades and first-time accomplishments. Among those were the women’s bowling team making its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and ranking No. 1 in the nation for three consecutive dates for the first time in school history.
The women’s basketball team claimed its first ever regular-season Sun Belt Conference championship and advanced to the WNIT. The women’s cross country team picked up its first Sun Belt Conference title as well in 2013.
The track and field team was led by three-time indoor and outdoor All-American Sharika Nelvis, who was the 2014 NCAA Division I national champion in both the outdoor 100-meter hurdles and indoor 60-meter hurdles. Not only did she become A-State’s first female student-athlete to ever win a national championship, she is also the Red Wolves first Honda Sports Award winner for her respective sport. Nelvis was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year as well.
Additionally, junior bowler Sarah Lokker became A-State’s first ever National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year. Four Red Wolves were named All-America and over 15 A-State female student-athletes earned all conference recognition in 2013-14, including Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Aundrea Gamble.
The Capital One Cup is the embodiment of hard work, dedication, and an enduring commitment to excellence that student-athletes and teams display throughout their year-long journey. The elements of the trophy personify achievement at the highest level, and symbolize strength perseverance, and vision.