Winthrop runner Stroud is Big South woman of the year

From staff reportsMay 29, 2014 

17 September 2011: Senior Adam Freudenthal coasted to victory in the 25th annual Winthrop Invitational Cross Country Meet as he led the Eagle men to the team title over 10 other schools in the 8K race. In the women's competition, Winthrop finished fourth out of 12 schools in the 5K event as South Carolina claimed the team title. The cross country invitational was held at Winthrop Lake Course in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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The Big South announced Thursday at its Spring Meetings Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner that Winthrop women’s track & field athlete Jeanne Stroud earned the league’s woman of the year award.

The Big South’s woman of the year selection committee voted Stroud the winner among the 13 candidates nominated for the award.

Stroud was an 11-time all-conference performer during her four-year career for the Eagles – a three-time honoree in cross country, three-time performer in the indoor track & field 5,000-meters, and tallied five all-conference medals in outdoor track & field (3 – 10,000m, 2 – 5,000m). Stroud captured four conference titles during her time at Winthrop, winning the indoor 5,000-meters twice in addition to the outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m. She was the 2013 Big South outdoor track outstanding female performer and is the school record holder in four events – the indoor 5,000-meters, and the outdoor 3,000-meters, 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters.

An English major, she served as Winthrop’s SAAC President this past year and has been a SAAC member since her freshman season. She has been a race buddy for the Richmond Drive Girls on the Run, and was involved with the Big South SAAC food drive (2012-13) and Soap for Souls (2010-11), as well as Eagle Week activities with the Boys & Girls Club of York County. Stroud has also organized and led shopping trips to buy supplies for the Boys & Girls Club, has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has been vice president of the Omicron Delta National Leadership Honor Society.

The NCAA also allows conferences to nominate a second candidate if one of the two student-athletes is a minority/international student. Winthrop women’s basketball player Dequesha McClanahan, a finalist for the Big South woman of the year award, is also nominated by the conference for the NCAA award.

McClanahan concluded her four-year career as just the second player in league history to be voted player of the year three consecutive seasons. She led Winthrop to its first-ever Big South women’s basketball championship and NCAA tournament berth her senior year, and became the league’s all-time women’s basketball scoring and assist leader this past season with 2,277 points and 744 assists, respectively.

The first player in conference annals with 2,000 points, 700 assists, 600 rebounds (658) and 200 steals (282), McClanahan was also named to the Big South women’s basketball all-academic team in 2013-14.

Named to the 12th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete Basketball Teams for 2013-14 – the Big South’s first honoree in three years, McClanahan is an exercise science major who has spent three years volunteering with the Friedham Park Community Day Celebration, and Eagle Week with the Boys & Girls Club. She has also volunteered at First Baptist Church in Rock Hill, and with Global Learning Games. The two-time team captain has also been involved with planning dinner and activities with a local Adult Assisted Living Community, Christmas Unicef activities and various on-campus fundraisers – including Winthrop Volleyball’s Think Pink Night. McClanahan was also along the 30 initial candidates for the national women’s basketball senior CLASS award.

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