HADLEY, MASS. – Williams College senior indoor and outdoor track and field standout Summer-Solstice Thomas (Santa Cruz, Calif.) has been named as one of two NESCAC nominees for consideration as the 2020 NCAA DIII Woman of the Year.
Burabari (Peace) Kabari of Trinity College, a basketball and indoor and outdoor track and field student-athlete, is the second NESCAC nomination being sent to the NCAA's Woman of the Year Award Committee this year.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.
"What a tremendous and well deserved honor for Summer-Solstice Thomas," stated Eph head coach Nate Hoey. "While Summer has achieved a lot of outward success, her biggest impact is on how she makes those around her feel. Summer has always been there for other people. For years she has been a big contributor to the heart and soul of the team. Bringing energy and passion to all her pursuits. She shares her joy of the pursuit with those around her. From leading the team cheer and her characteristic yell prior to a high jump attempt... to when she is quietly sitting, listening, and helping a teammate who may be going through a challenging time. Summer has always been there for others and that is the legacy she has left with the team."
Most recently Thomas earned Second Team Academic All-America honors in a vote by the nation's NCAA DIII College Sports Information Directors.
This June Thomas graduated cum laude as an environmental studies major at Williams and she posted a 3.85 GPA, was a Dean's List student every semester, and earned the Williams College Class of 1925 Scholar-Athlete Award presented annually to a graduating senior.
In addition, Thomas was selected as a Class of 1960s Scholar in environmental studies and a Henry Luce Scholar, as she will continue her studies in Cambodia, where she will work on reforming water quality regulations. She earned honors in environmental studies for the publication of an original senior thesis and is an associate author of a paper to be published this fall in the Journal of Basic and Applied Ecology. Thomas was also elected to associate membership in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Competing for the Ephs for four years Thomas qualified eleven times or an NCAA Championship and five times she collected All-America honors. Her All-American honors were achieved in the pentathlon at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championship and those points helped lift the Ephs over Washington University-St. Louis to claim the team title.
Thomas' four other All-America performances came in 2018 in the high jump and the pentathlon, and in 2017 when she was honored at the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships in the high jump.
Thomas also claimed five New England titles: 2019 indoor 4x400m, pentathlon, heptathlon and in 2018 in both the indoor high jump and the pentathlon.
Additionally, Thomas was a member of the 2019 NESCAC champion Eph 4x400 relay and she earned Academic All-NESCAC honors (minimum cumulative GPA 3.50) the maximum six times.