St. Mark’s graduate earns athletic honors at Delaware


Staff reporter


Lindsay Prettyman, a 2010 graduate of St. Mark’s High School, was honored this week as the Mary Ann Hitchens Award winner at the University of Delaware, which is given to the senior female letter-winner who best exhibits the qualities of hard work, dedication, leadership, fairness and striving for excellence. The award was presented May 19 in Newark.

Prettyman, a standout in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, also was named the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and most valuable player for each of the three sports. She earned 12 letters for the Blue Hens, served as a team captain, set 10 school records and won 29 meet titles.

In cross country, she was MVP three times and led the team in 21 races with three individual titles. She competed at the NCAA championships last fall, just the third University of Delaware runner and first since 1984 to do so.

Prettyman won five meet titles in indoor track, setting four university records. She was even more impressive outdoors, with five school records. She led the Blue Hens to their first Colonial Athletic Association team title a few weeks ago and was named the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer after winning both the 800- and 1500-meter runs. She set a CAA meet record in the 1500. She will compete in the NCAA East Regionals next week in Jacksonville, Fla.

The former Spartan excels in the classroom as well. She has a 3.88 grade-point average as an exercise science major and is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society. She was an academic All-American last year and is a candidate again this year. Prettyman will continue her studies as a graduate student at UD.

In the community, Prettyman took part in the Pigskin Pass for Special Olympics Delaware, served at numerous youth track and field clinics, and played a leading role in a shoe drive that collected more than 600 pairs of shoes for the More Foundation Group that provides services for underprivileged communities around the world.