Ole Miss’ Saunders Up for Honda Sport Award
Raven Saunders (photo by Joshua McCoy)
June 14, 2016

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss sophomore Raven Saunders has had a record-breaking season in the shot put, and her achievements were recognized in a big way this week as she was named one of four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for track & field as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) late Monday.

Saunders has taken down the indoor and outdoor collegiate records in the shot put this season and won the outdoor NCAA title last week. The Charleston, South Carolina, native established the indoor mark of 19.23 meters (63-1.25) early in 2016, but waited until the final meet of the outdoor season to leave her mark in that record book. On her fifth attempt at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Saunders launched the shot 19.33 meters (63-5) to shatter Meg Ritchie’s 33-year-old collegiate record.

Her mark of 19.33 meters ranks her fourth in the world this year and No. 7 all-time among U.S. women. She turned 20 years old last month and is the youngest woman among the current top 75-ranked shot putters in the world. Among her past achievements, she won the indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put titles and was the U.S. Junior and Pan American Junior champion. She holds the American junior records in the outdoor shot put (18.35m/60-2.5) and indoor shot put (18.62m/61-1.25).

Other nominees for the award are University of Georgia teammates Keturah Orji and Kendell Williams and University of Texas’ Courtney Okolo.

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 40 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2016 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 27, 2016, in the Founders’ Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles.



The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Honda Sport award winner for track & field will be announced this week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

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