Hillsdale College - USTFCCCA Names Emily Oren the National Athlete of the Year!
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"When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer." - Plutarch
The above quote may apply to Hillsdale College junior Emily Oren, who continues to earn honors and win races that allows her to stand alone among her contemporaries.
Wednesday afternoon, Oren was named the National Women's Track Division II Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the national governing body of the sport. She repeated this honor she earned during indoor season.
Oren, a junior, captured her third and fourth national championships last weekend at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, easily winning both the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 5000 meter run.
At the indoor NCAA championships in March, she was part of the national champion distance medley relay team and won the 3000 meter run.
Her 2014-15 season has been one for the ages, perhaps unequaled in the long, rich history of Charger cross country and track and field. No other athlete has ever won four national championships in one year as Oren has done (three individual, one relay), and she's also the first athlete in school history to be recognized by her sport's national organization as the very best in all of Division II more than once.
Her evolution in the steeplechase has been remarkable. She didn't run the event as a freshman, then picked it up as a sophomore, and finished fifth in the nation in the event in 2014. Her first race in the steeplechase of the 2015 outdoor season saw her produce an eye-opening time of 10:04, which placed her among the nation's top 10 in all divisions for much of the season.
She cut 10 seconds off that time once she got to the NCAA outdoor championships, winning the race by 19.5 seconds over the second-place runner with a time of 9:54.43. That time missed the Division II record by less than half a second, and easily eclipses her own school and conference records in the event.
Her 5000 meter run at NCAAs was only slightly more dramatic, with her time of 16:36 good for a seven-second win over the second-place runner.
In the fall, Oren placed ninth overall at the NCAA championships, leading the Chargers to a second-place finish, the highest in school history on a national Division II level in any sport.
Oren is a six-time All-American between cross country and track, and has also been a winner of the GLIAC Commissioner's Award, emblematic of the finest student-athletes in the conference. She hails from Hamilton, Michigan.