COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) announced Thursday that Skylyn Webb of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Track & Field program has been named the 2019 RMAC Woman of the Year.
This award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their college career in areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.
Webb will also be nominated for the 29th annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year Award. Within the upcoming months, the selection committee will determine the finalists in each division, and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award winner will be announced on October 20.
A Delta, Colo. native, Webb is currently working on a Clinical Psychology Master's degree where she boasts a 3.61 GPA in the program. In her undergraduate work, Webb posted a nearly perfect 4.0 GPA as she posted a 3.96 GPA as a Psychology major, with a minor in English-Writing. The indoor and outdoor track & field middle distance runner has taken the RMAC by storm during her time as a Mountain Lion, becoming one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. Webb hit the ground running during her first year at UCCS as she went on be the RMAC Champion in the 400m and 800m in the 2017-18 indoor season, while also helping the women Mountain Lions win their first indoor conference championship in program history. Webb was named RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year and continued her indoor season by automatically qualifying for nationals and notching a First Team All-American finish in the 800m by taking third place. She continued to improve as she carried momentum into the outdoor season with another individual RMAC Championship in the 400m, and earning the title of RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year once again. Punching her ticket to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships with another automatic qualifying time in the 800m, Webb did not settle for third place this time around. Instead, Webb clocked a new meet and championship record of 2:02.47 to become the first women's outdoor track and field student-athlete at UCCS to win a national championship.
Setting the bar high for the 2018-19 season, Webb rose above and excelled even further for her senior year. During the indoor season, Webb continued to dominate the competition by taking home gold in the 400m and 800m at conference championships, all while adding her third straight RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year award to her resume. After taking third place in the 800m exactly a year before, Webb went on to repeat her performance from the 2018 outdoor season as she claimed the top spot on the podium and was crowned the 2018-19 indoor 800m national champion.
In her final outdoor season, Webb closed out the season and her collegiate career with a bang. The three-time RMAC Track Athlete of the Year showed why she was one of the top performers in arguably the most competitive conference in the nation by topping the competition in the 800m and 1500m to become RMAC Champion in both events. Webb then received her fourth consecutive RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year award as she helped the UCCS women's team to their first outdoor conference title in program history. Entering the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Webb was not yet finished making history as she delivered a repeat championship performance by making it the fifth time in NCAA Division II history that a female student-athlete has won back-to-back titles in the 800m during the outdoor season.
Webb capped off an unbelievable career in the black and gold as a three-time national champion, four-time First Team All-American, nine-time USTFCCCA All-Region selection, six-time individual RMAC Champion, four-time RMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and eight-time All-RMAC honoree. Her success on the track is also reflected in the UCCS record books as she claimed six school records between three events in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Those records include:
400m – 54.65
800m – 2:04.68
4x400m Relay – 3:54.71
400m – 54.74
800m – 2:02.47
4x400m Relay – 3:52.43
Aside from Webb's stellar performances on the track, her hard work in the classroom is reflected through her above 3.5 GPAs in both her undergraduate and graduate work, as well as her two Academic All-RMAC First Team awards, two USTFCCCA All-Academic awards, and CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District honor. Her accolades do not stop there, as she was named Most Outstanding Student in 2016 as an undergraduate student in Psychology, then named Most Outstanding Student once again 2019 in the MA Clinical Psychology program at UCCS. In 2016, Webb was selected as the William O. Bowman Scholar as the psychology student most likely to go on to contribute to the field of psychology. Webb also earned the Thomas F. McLaughlin (2019) award, given to the UCCS student-athlete who demonstrated the highest levels of academic and athletic achievement, and leadership.
But the three-time National Champion's character, leadership, and work-ethic goes far beyond her work in the classroom and on the track. Webb has worked to better the community and campus through community service with various organizations, starting in 2014 with Shoes for Shiprock where she collected gently used athletic shoes to donate to the Shiprock reservation in New Mexico. The following year in 2015, Webb volunteered with Food for Thought to package and deliver food to local school districts for children in need. Then in 2017, she worked with SLV Global as a mental health intern in Sri Lanka where she provided aid to hospitals and community centers in need.
The way Webb has carried herself grabbed UCCS Track & Field Head Coach Ross Fellows' attention from the beginning:
"There is no one more deserving in my opinion than Skylyn for this prestigious award," Fellows said. "She has shown excellence in everything since the day she arrived on campus. Sky is the complete package in terms of personality, character, drive, skill and humility. This once again proves she is one of the best student-athletes who has walked our campus to date."
Webb's time and experiences as a student-athlete has pushed her to new heights and put her into a position to make a difference in today's world:
"My time as a scholar and athlete has pushed me to allow myself to fearlessly pursue my potential," Webb said. "While also recognizing the way I can positively impact the world as a result of the insights I have gained."
Webb will be honored at the 2019 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Friday, July 12 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.