Daemen College cross country and track runner Mackenzie Donahue and D'Youville basketball player Ali Cochrane made it past the first cut in the consideration for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. They were among the 145 women who are moving on in the process from among 543 original nominees.
Of those remaining, 58 competed in Division I, 34 in Division II (including Donahue) and 53 in Division III (includiong Cochrane).
Donahue is from East Aurora; Cochrane from New Port Richey, Fla.
In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the top 30 honorees, 10 from each of the three divisions. At the end of September, the selection committee will announce nine finalists, three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine. The top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.