GREENVILLE, S.C. – University of Mount Olive track standout Candise Lockett has been named a nominee for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award by Conference Carolinas officials.
A highly-decorated athlete, Lockett was a Murphy Osborne Award nominee and Conference Carolinas Spring Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. She is a five-time conference champion, and holds both the school and conference record in the hammer and weight throw.
Lockett emerged as the first-ever UMO track and field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division II championships as a field participant. She finished 20th overall in the hammer competition in 2019.
UMO has won six conference titles — three indoor and three outdoor — during Lockett’s tenure on the team.
A native of Birmingham, England, Lockett is double majoring in graphic design and art with a minor in business marketing. She has a 3.92 grade-point average and the credits to graduate, but is using her additional year of eligibility for the 2021-22 academic year.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program was established in 1991 and honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have completed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by summer 2021.
The program’s selection committee identifies the top 30 — 10 from each NCAA division — and from there selects three finalists. One of those nine selections will be named NCAA Woman of the Year by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics later this fall.