Athletics

Garrahan One of Nine Finalists for 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

garrahanAMHERST, MA - Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA), a 2007 graduate of Amherst College and a former three-sport athlete for the Lord Jeffs, has been named one of nine finalists for the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. From a distinguished group of 30 semifinalists, Garrahan was selected to travel to the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, IN to be honored at the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year Awards ceremony.The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991.

A four-year letterwinner in cross country along with indoor and outdoor track, Garrahan has earned numerous awards in all three sports while running for Amherst. In just her first year with the Jeffs’ cross country team, Garrahan came away as both the NESCAC Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie of the Year as she finished first at the 2003 NESCAC championship with a time of 18:13.6. The two-time captain helped Amherst capture its first NESCAC cross country title this past fall along with a second-place showing for the Jeffs at the 2006 NCAA women’s cross country championship, finishing one point behind Middlebury. Garrahan garnered NESCAC All-Conference First Team honors three times over her career and was twice honored as an All-American.

Garrahan proved to be equally impressive as a member of the Jeffs’ track and field team, as she set six indoor and four outdoor track records at Amherst. Along with earning individual titles at each of the four NESCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships she participated in, Garrahan received individual NESCAC honors as the Most Outstanding Rookie Performer in 2004 and the Sebasteanski Award this past spring as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2007 NESCAC meet with a championship record time in the 5,000-meter event. At the national level, Garrahan added three NCAA individual titles this past May to her 2005 NCAA crown in the steeplechase with first-place finishes in the 5,000-meter run, the 10,000-meter run, and a NCAA championship-record showing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:13.33. Garrahan’s efforts helped Amherst place fourth at the NCAA championship and gave her 2007 Performer of the Meet honors. A 13-time All-American in track and field (seven outdoor, six indoor), Garrahan received Amherst’s Mossman Trophy this year, which is given to the senior student-athlete who has brought the greatest honor through athletics to their alma mater.

Majoring in psychology and political science, Garrahan graduated from Amherst in May with a grade point average of 3.68. Garrahan, a NESCAC All-Academic honoree three years in a row, garnered Amherst’s Psi Upsilon Prize in 2007, awarded to a member of the graduating class considered preeminent in scholarship, leadership, athletics and character, and the Senior Student-Athlete Award, which is given to an exemplary senior athlete based on academics, community involvement, and athletic prowess. Garrahan is also an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow and has co-authored an article for The Indicator, Amherst’s student journal of social and political thought.

An active member of both the local and campus community, Garrahan participated in numerous student organizations at Amherst along with volunteering her time for multiple charities. Garrahan served in an executive role for both the Amherst College Republicans and the Amherst College Newman Club, a Catholic student group, while also engaging as a confirmation class instructor at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Hadley, MA, and participating in The Inklings, a philosophy of religion discussion group. Garrahan has tutored children as part of the America Reads program, worked as a substitute teacher at Hadley Elementary School, and volunteered with Amherst 3-D, a service organization for children and teenagers with mental and physical disabilities. She also teamed up with her fellow student-athletes for ‘Change for Change’, a program where athletes encourage fellow students to donate their loose change for a local food bank.

Upon graduation, Garrahan joined the Amherst College cross country and track coaching ranks as an assistant while training for the upcoming Olympic trials in the steeplechase event.

The 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 27 in Indianapolis, IN. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found at www.ncaa.org/awards/woty