NORFOLK, Va. — North Carolina Central’s Jenny Tracy was named the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman of the Year, the conference announced today.
The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of senior female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
“I’d like to felicitate Jenny Tracy for having a spectacular career, not only in softball, but in her academic pursuits as well,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. “Her service to the community is truly exceptional. I’d like to thank North Carolina Central University athletic staff, coaches and academic support personnel who had a very influential part in Jenny’s success. I wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”
Tracy, a four-year letter winner, started 49 games for the Lady Eagles in 2016 and led the team in home runs. In 128 career games, she notched 91 hits, including 13 doubles and one triple, with 39 runs, 42 RBI and four stolen bases.
A native of La Grande, Ore., Tracy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, accumulating a 4.0 grade point average. As the 2016 valedictorian, Tracy garnered many academic accomplishments, including Dean’s list (2013-2016), a three-time member of the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team (2014-2016), and a two-time winner of NCCU’s Chancellor’s Award (2014, 2016). She was a member of the University Honors Program all four years of college and was selected to the 2016 Academic All-America Division I softball First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Off the field, Tracy was President of NCCU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Entrepreneur Club. She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Jack Spruill Community Farm. Tracy was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.
Tracy will represent the MEAC as its nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The NCAA established this award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 25th year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletic achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership. The NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind.
Howard women’s tennis student-athlete Stacey Roheman was the 2016 MEAC Woman of the Year runner-up. Roheman graduated in 2016 with a 3.91 GPA and earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal Communications.
MEAC Woman of the Year Honorees
2006 Renecia Lovelace, North Carolina A&T State (Softball)
2007 Courtney Smiley, Howard (Basketball)
2008 Jessica Worsley, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2009 Loreal Smith, North Carolina A&T State (Track and Field)
2010 Kalyn Washburn, Delaware State (Bowling)
2011 Kristina Frahm, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2012 Jazmyne Hefflefinger, Delaware State (Bowling)
2013 T’nia Falbo, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2014 Christina Epps, Coppin State (Track and Field)
2015 Mariana Alvarado Nava, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2016 Jenny Tracy, North Carolina Central (Softball)