Seattle Pacific University student is Sports Star of the Year

Jessica Pixler, a Seattle Pacific University (SPU) student, was named the Female Sports Star of the Year at the 76th annual Sports Star of the Year show. Pixler - who won 12 NCAA championships, four consecutive indoor mile titles, three outdoor 1,500-meter titles and one indoor 5,000-meter title during her time at the school - was selected as the top overall female by an online vote.

The SPU graduate is the second distance runner and the third Falcon overall to win the annual award.

"It's just a testament to all of the hard work she has put into her sport and into her teammates," said Erika Daligcon, head cross country coach at the school. "That's really one of the qualities I love about her so much: it's not just the act of running, but it was about her team and the support she gave to them and also gave to her coaches."

Pixler also received an NCAA Today's Top VIII award for her athletic and academic accomplishments. She has been named national scholar-athlete of the year three times for cross country, three times for indoor track and once for outdoor track by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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