Cal State Bakersfield's Angel Valdez has been named one of two Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Woman of the Year nominees, according to CSUB Athletics .
CSUB said that the track and field athlete is the first student-athlete in department history to have been chosen by conference officials.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors the academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions.
CSUB athletics shared a tweet announcing Valdez' nomination.
Valdez Named WAC Woman of the Year, joins 153 other #NCAAWOTY honorees 👏🏼
— CSU Bakersfield Athletics (@CSUBAthletics) August 16, 2018
Valdez earned 10 WAC All-Academic honors throughout her career, led her team in 15 consecutive cross country races and owns the records in the 4k, 5k, and 6k races according to CSUB Athletics.
In track and field, Valdez ranks second in the 10,000-meter, third in the 5,000-meter and holds the highest WAC and NCAA Regionals finish in Division I program history.
Valdez also contributes a significant amount of time outside of athletics with community service and graduated magna cum laude in May 2018 with a B.S in Mathematics and a concentration in teaching, CSUB Athletics said.
The top 30 honorees will be announced in September.