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PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University runner Anna Shields capped off her tremendous track season with the top honor in the country for NAIA women's outdoor track athletes for 2016-17.

Shields on Thursday was named the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year as voted and selected by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association. The USTFCCCA chose its NAIA athletes of the year in women's track and women's field with Shields taking the top women's honor on the track for this outdoor season.

This latest honor comes on the heels of Shields earning two NAIA All-American honors and winning a national championship at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Ala. There Shields won the national title in the 1,500 M with a time of 4:24, and she then placed second in the 800 meters less than two hours later with a time of 2:10. She earned NAIA All-American in both events. 

Showing her great range on the track, Shields also qualified for the NAIA national outdoor meet in the 5,000 meters and had posted the No. 2 time in the country for the season at 16:47. But she did not compete in that event at outdoor nationals by instead focusing on the 1,500 and 800. 

Shields had two honors from the USTFCCCA this year. During the indoor season, she was named the NAIA Great Lakes Region Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. That was after earning NAIA All-American honors at the indoor national championships by placing second in both the mile and 1,000 meters.  

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