Award honors female student-athletes for academics, athletics, service and leadership
Millikin University Athletics, in conjunction with the NCAA, announced that May 2020 graduate and former Big Blue softball standout Kalli Farmer of Columbia, Ill., has been selected as a nominee for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Throughout her college career, Farmer was recognized for her outstanding work on the softball field and in the classroom. In 2020, she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® NCAA Division III Softball First Team, after receiving Third Team honors as a junior. Farmer earned College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Academic All-Conference honors four times and was the Jack Swartz Award Winner in 2019 and 2020. Farmer received the CCIW's Merle Chapman Award for Leadership in 2020.
On the field, Farmer batted .488 with 12 RBI in 13 games during the 2020 season. For her career, Farmer hit .399 with 76 RBI. Farmer was named to the CCIW All-Conference First Team in 2018 and 2019, and was a Second Team selection in 2017. Farmer was named to the NFCA All-Region First Team in 2019. In 2018, Farmer was the NCAA Statistical Champion for Toughest to Strikeout, with zero strikeouts at the plate that season. In 2019, Farmer was selected the Big Blue Softball team's Most Valuable Player and named the Millikin Athletic Department's Student Athlete of the Year.
Farmer was active in the Millikin and Decatur, Ill., community. Her commitments included being the founder and leader of the Millikin chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletics and an active member of the Big Blue's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.