Ithaca College Quarterly 2004/4
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New York NCAA Woman of the Year


Amanda Laytham '04, who was an Ithaca cross-country and track and field scholar-athlete, was named the New York State NCAA woman of the year.

She was one of 52 finalists for the national NCAA woman of the year award, which honors outstanding female student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, and community leadership and have completed their collegiate athletic eligibility. Laytham was one of just 11 winners from Division III schools. Laytham's spectacular athletic and academic career featured Ithaca's Iris Carnell Senior Athlete of the Year Award and a school-record seven all-American honors. Last spring she was one of nine athletes to be named a scholar-athlete by the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. A third-team academic all-American as a sophomore and a first-team selection as a junior and senior, she is just the third Ithaca athlete ever to be named to three academic all-American teams. Laytham received the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Student Athlete Advisory Council. She graduated summa cum laude with a major in exercise science and minors in coaching, nutrition promotion, and health.

Laytham was the second Ithaca athlete in the past seven years to receive the state woman of the year award from the NCAA. Heidi Nichols, who earned all-American honors in volleyball and track and field, was selected in 1998.

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