NEWBURGH – Mount Saint Mary College’s Diamond Onomake has been announced as one of 63 Division III conference-level nominees for the prestigious 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Onomake joins Amelia Cariddi from Old Westbury as Skyline Conference nominees.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Onomake made her mark at the Mount not only on the track and the cross country trails, but in the Mount community at large. Onomake served as team captain for both the cross country and track and field teams as a senior and earned a 33rd place showing at the 2019 Skyline Conference Championship Meet.
Outside of athletics, Onomake served as the President of the Mount Saint Mary Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for two years and was an associate member of the NCAA Division III SAAC. She was the 2019 Knight of the Year Award winner, awarded to the student-athlete who excels both on the field and serves as a community leader, and was a senior class official for Public Relations during the 2019-20 academic year.
Onomake served as an Admissions Ambassador at the Mount each of her four years on campus and spear headed several Knights in the Community initiatives, including a Thanksgiving and Diaper Drive for the local community this past fall.
In all, there were 161 conference nominees over the NCAA’s three divisions. 43 multisport student-athletes have made the list with 63 Division III nominees. Division I has 59 conference-level nominees while Division II checks in with 39. The 161 nominees hold a combined grade point average of 3.82.
About The NCAA Woman Of The Year Award: Onomake is one of two nominees from the Skyline Conference; with conference offices selecting up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.