June 28, 2013
Bismarck, ND - The University of Mary distance runner was selected the 2013 College Female Athlete of the Year in the state by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA) after a year of dominating her competition on the national scene.
A senior from Onamia, MN, Agnew began the year by placing seventh at the NCAA Division II cross country championships to earn All-American honors for the third straight year and leading U-Mary to a 13th place finish in the country. She also won the Northern Sun conference title and was named the NSIC Athlete of the Meet.
Agnew made Marauders history in the winter by winning U-Mary's first NCAA titles in any sport. At the NCAA indoor championships, Agnew anchored the winning Distance Medley Relay team that posted the third-best time in NCAA history. The next day she became U-Mary's first individual champion by winning the mile run. The Marauders would finish ninth overall at the national championships. The NSIC champion in the 800 and the mile run earned both conference and regional women's indoor track athlete of the year honors as U-Mary again won the conference crown.
In the final race of her collegiate career at the NCAA outdoor championships, Agnew won her third national crown. The lone automatic qualifier in the 1,500 meter run, Agnew held off a challenger down the stretch to claim the championship while leading U-Mary to 11th place in the country. After winning the 800 and 1,500 meter runs at the NSIC championships to lead U-Mary to a conference title, she was again awarded conference and regional women's track athlete of the year recognition.
Agnew earned All-American honors 12 times in her U-Mary career and was a part of six conference championship teams (three indoor and three outdoors).
This is the fifth time the NDAPSSA College Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to a U-Mary student-athlete. Jamey Mulske was honored in 1998 and 1999, Lisa Maus claimed the title in 2000 and Jessica Zundel was selected in 2005.