By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
IRVING, Texas -- Rice sophomore Daisy Ding became the first female athlete in school history to be awarded the Conference USA Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Friday afternoon.
"We're delighted with this honor," Rice women's track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. "Daisy has, in two years, improved from just missing the final a year ago at the outdoor meet, to being an indoor and outdoor champion and scoring at the national meet. It's a testament to her hard work and handling the pressure and it couldn't happen to a better person. She's a delight to work with and a true scholar athlete, as well as a terrific representative for the university. In the end I'm most happy that she's just a sophomore."
Ding earned USTFCCCA First-Team All-American honors by placing eighth in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last week in Oregon. The Sydney, Australia native had a career performance by establishing a new personal best mark of 13.18m (43-03.00).
In addition, Ding won C-USA titles in the triple jump during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Ding was named the C-USA Outdoor Field Performer of the Meet and was twice selected the C-USA Athlete of the Week. In total, Ding won five events overall in 2015 and had eight, top-three finishes while competing in both the triple jump and high jump.