CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State sophomore Anna Brandt has been named a finalist for the Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.
Brandt, who is from Rocky River, Ohio, is one of three finalists for Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year as selected by area sports and media outlets. Rachel Bender, who plays soccer at Baldwin-Wallace and Erin Gardner, a Kent State volleyball player, are the other finalists for the award.
The 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Award will be held on Feb. 6 in the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and will be hosted by Hannah Storm of ESPN.
Brandt, who had a brilliant sophomore season for the Vikings on the cross country course, carries a 4.00 grade-point average and is pursuing a degree in health sciences/pre-physical therapy. Throughout her sophomore season, Brandt broke both the 5K and 6K records at Cleveland State, recording a personal-best 5K time of 17:55 when she won the Jenna Strong Fall Classic, and a personal-best 6K time of 21:43 at the Horizon League Championship.
Brandt was Cleveland State's top finisher during every race this season, including four top-five overall finishes. At the Horizon League Championship, Brandt placed third individually, marking the highest individual finish for a Viking at the Horizon League Championship in program history.
Brandt is a two-time First Team All-Horizon League honoree, and earned Freshman of the Year accolades in 2017.
Male High School Athlete of the Year presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine
Michael Boehm, Lacrosse, St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland
Malvin Gblah, Soccer, Lakewood High School, Lakewood
Noah Potter, Football, Mentor High School, Mentor
Female High School Athlete of the Year presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine
Olivia Howell, Track & Field/Cross Country, Solon High School, Solon
Madi Nunez, Softball, Keystone High School, Lagrange
Ava Rauser, Volleyball, Rocky River High School, Rocky River
Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Jairod James, Wrestling, University of Mount Union, Bedford
Dre'mont Jones, Football, Ohio State University, Cleveland
University of Akron Men's Soccer Team, Soccer, University of Akron, Akron
Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Rachel Bender, Soccer, Baldwin-Wallace University, Jackson
Anna Brandt, Cross Country, Cleveland State University, Rocky River
Erin Gardner, Volleyball, Kent State University, Avon
Professional Athlete of the Year presented by FOX Sports Ohio
Corey Kluber, MLB, Pitcher, Cleveland Indians
Baker Mayfield, NFL, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
Jose Ramirez, MLB, Third Base, Cleveland Indians
Denzel Ward, NFL, Cornerback, Cleveland Browns