Katie Cerling of The University of South Dakota has been selected the 16th recipient of the North Central Conference Inspiration Award as announced by the league office. Cerling, who is the first USD student athlete to receive the NCC honor, was selected by vote of NCC senior women's administrators.
Cerling (Sr., Plymouth, MN) was honored for contributions to her team and community while exhibiting courage in overcoming adversity during her college career. The award recipient must also be a senior with a 3.0 grade point average or better.
An Academic All-NCC selection in both soccer and track and field, Cerling owns a 3.657 grade point average in accounting and history. This winter, she set a career-best with a vault of 11'06 in winning the pole vault competition at the Bill Hillenbrand Open in January at the DakotaDome. She was also a member of the Coyote women's team that won the NCC Outdoor Track and Field title last spring. Cerling has placed in the pole vault at two NCC meets and also scored two game-winning goals as a member of the Coyote soccer team.
The daughter of Larry and Wanda Cerling, she has participated in various public service, including the Vermillion Welcome Table, Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project.