Recently, the NCAA Division II announced six new inductees into the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame for 2020. Among the six was Melissa Agnew, who competed in track and field and cross-country for the Marauders of the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Very few college athletes were more successful over a two-year span (2012-2013) as Melissa Agnew, but it’s what she did throughout her legendary career at the University of Mary that landed her in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
Between her junior and senior year, the UMary standout combined to win three national titles, seven of her eight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) titles and seven of her nine career All-America honors in track and field.
Agnew’s senior year probably stood out the most. Not only did she become the first woman in the NSIC history to win three consecutive 1000-meter indoor titles, but she was part of the Distance Medley Relay team that gave the Marauders their first national title at the NCAA level. Agnew wasn’t done there. She won the indoor mile and capped her career off with a 1500-meter crown outdoors. This is the first time in program history that an athlete from UMary has been inducted into the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame.
Melissa is a 2009 graduate of Onamia High, who excelled in cross-country, basketball and track and field, and was one of 16 original inductees into the Onamia High Athletic Hall of Fame last spring.