Ellis NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year Honoree

by Ashleigh Young

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Brittny Ellis was selected as one of the Top 30 honorees for the 2020 Woman of the Year Award.

Selected from a record 605 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 161 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

Ellis ended her career as one of the most successful track & field student-athletes in Miami history, both on and off the track. Ellis, a stellar 400m runner, finished her illustrious career with three ACC Indoor Championship gold medals. She added two silver indoor medals and three silver medals at the ACC Outdoor Championships, including four ACC Team Titles to her name. The Gurnee, Ill., native is a two-time USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time USTFCCCA All-American second-team selection.

Ellis has also left her mark in the UM record books, with the fourth-fastest 400m indoor time in school history and a member of two 4×400 times that rank in the top five. She also added the fourth-fastest time in the outdoor 400m and is part of Miami’s second-fastest time ever in the 4×4 relay.

The honorees competed in 14 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including nursing, mechanical engineering, biochemistry, criminal justice, kinesiology, accounting and advertising.

Ellis has also accomplished plenty off of the track, including several academic honors. She is a five-time All-ACC Academic Team member and a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree. Ellis has been inducted into Miami’s highest honor society, Iron Arrow, and is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity. Ellis graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and is earning her masters in health informatics, and was also one of the 2020 NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships recipients.

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in mid-October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated, and the Woman of the Year will be named this fall.