Kendall Cornick receives another big NCAA honor

INDIANAPOLIS – Former student softball athlete Augustana Kendall cornick added another national award to her mantle as she was named the recipient of the 2022 Today’s Top 10 Award, presented annually by the NCAA. The award is the second received by a Viking student-athlete as Augustana only becomes the 14e school to have more than one Top 10 winner.

The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipients completed their athletic eligibility in the 2020-21 academic year and will be recognized at the Honors Celebration on Wednesday, January 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, as part of the NCAA Annual Convention. In total, there are over 460,000 NCAA student-athletes competing in the three divisions of the NCAA. Ten of them win the NCAA Today Top 10.

Cornick, the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year, concluded her college and athletic career at Augustana in 2021 with a string of accolades. She was the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for Division II softball while also earning D2CCA Student Athlete of the Year honors. These two prizes are awarded for academic and athletic excellence.

On the softball field, Cornick was a unanimous selection for the All-America first team in 2021. His senior year awards included the D2CCA Central Region Player of the Year, a finalist for the Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year. the year and the NSIC Player of the Year. Her senior season saw her register the eighth-highest batting average in school history at .453 while compiling 65 points, the 10e the most in the history of the program. She hit base most of the time, registering a base percentage of 0.515, a rating that is sixth in program history. His 34 stolen bases are second in Augustana.

Off the pitch, she earned a GPA of 3.94, which earned her a degree in biology and psychology. She was named the NSIC Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award while also earning an NCAA Graduate Scholarship. As a research student, she analyzed drug targets for medulloblastoma, a common form of brain cancer in children.

For her career as a softball player, Cornick can be found all over the record books, including the second most stolen goals with 91 and 10e highest base stolen percentage at .938. It also holds the sixth highest base percentage at 0.467.

Augustana’s Kirby Hora took home today’s Top 10 award in 2020.

Cornick, who graduated from Augustana in May 2021, is currently attending medical school at the University of Iowa.