Alabama State’s Arion Span named 2020 SWAC Woman of the Year

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Ten Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Alabama State University. Countless volunteer hours. Numerous Dean's List honors and academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

All of those are resume builders in the own, but now Alabama State cross country/track and field star Arion Span can add SWAC Woman of the Year to her collegiate resume, earning the honor Tuesday afternoon as announced by the NCAA. The award is the third consecutive for an Alabama State student-athlete, joining former teammate Desiree Horn (2018) and volleyball player Candace Martin (2019) in earning the honor.

"Arion epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete and the holistic approach we take at Alabama State," Director of Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams said. "She never backs down from a challenge and is always at the forefront of volunteering for the university. To be able to do the things she does away from school, maintain her academic status, and earn championships speaks volumes to her work ethic."

Over her career, Span helped Alabama State to four consecutive conference indoor track and field championship; while also helping the Lady Hornets to three consecutive outdoor titles – with 2020 ending before the championship event. She also was part of the cross country program that won three titles in four years, with Span coming in second and earning All-Conference honors individually as a senior.