RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College senior Aishat Sadiq captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's highest accolade for athletic achievement when she was named the 2018-19 HCAC Women's Athlete of the Year on Friday.
Sadiq is the first Earlham student-athlete to earn the HCAC Athlete of the Year award.
Sadiq earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America honors on Saturday with her eighth-place finish in the women's 100m at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio. She clocked a time of 12.00 seconds in the 100m finals, becoming Earlham's second women's track & field All-American in program history. Sadiq ran a time of 11.88 seconds in Friday's 100m preliminaries, placing third in her heat and fifth-fastest out of the 22 competitors in the event, to earn her way into Saturday's finals.
The accolade caps a dizzying spring semester for the neuroscience major from Richmond, Texas.
Sadiq was a USTFCCCA All-Region selection in both the 100m and 200m, after winning both events at the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on her way to First Team All-HCAC honors. She also ran the anchor leg for Earlham's 2019 HCAC champion 4x100m relay team. The two-time HCAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honoree also took first place in the 100m and 200m at the 2019 Indiana D-III Track & Field Championships.
During the indoor track & field season, Sadiq took first place in the 60m dash to again earn First Team All-HCAC honors, and earned the HCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week accolade once during the season.
Sadiq graduated in May and received the Earlham College Peace Prize for 2019. She will use the $10,000 award to develop mental health education and referral services for existing immigration and refugee support work in New York's immigrant communities.
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PREVIOUS HCAC WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS
2014 – Bridgette Rowe, Manchester University (soccer and track & field)
2015 – Anna Murdock, Franklin College (cross country and track & field)
2016 – Terrill Webb, Bluffton University (track & field)
2017 – Jordin Fender, Transylvania University (track & field)
2018 – Ranae Morton, Transylvania University (softball)
2019 – Aishat Sadiq, Earlham College (track & field)