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2024 Indoor Women’s Athletes Of The Year

2024 Indoor Women’s Athletes Of The Year

Femke Bol broke the 400 WR twice and claimed two WIC golds, though her relay medal does not factor into AOY selection. (GLADYS CHAI/ASVOM AGENCY)

SETTING A RECORD in your category is frequently a must if you’re going to win AOY recognition, but this year’s women’s indoor honors found all four winners putting multiple entries into the books.

Our 2024 awards:

World Women: Femke Bol (Netherlands)

Femke Bol and Devynne Charlton each set a pair of World Records and won World Indoor gold, but the Dutch star narrowly repeated as AOY by going undefeated while the Bahamian had a loss. Bol’s pair of records came in the 400, where she ran 49.24 and then 49.17. For good measure she also produced the Nos. 6 and =9 performances ever.

Charlton’s pair of WRs came in the 60H, where she ran 7.67, then 7.65. She also produced the =No. 4 performance ever. Joining Charlton in the HM category is world 3000 champ Elle St. Pierre, who moved to No. 3 on the all-time list. The yearly mile leader, she also moved to No. 3 there.

The 5 most recent previous winners: ’23 — Bol; ’22 — Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela); ’21 — Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia); ’20 — Rojas; ’19 — Mariya Lasitskene (Russia).

U.S. Women: Elle St. Pierre (New Balance)

After missing essentially all of the ’23 season following childbirth, St. Pierre bounced back in fine style this year, being the only setter of a pair of ARs

She opened with a 3000 that missed the national standard by a mere 0.20, an 8:25.25 that moved her to No. 8 on the all-time world list. Next up was an AR-setting mile of 4:16.41 and the capper was a gold-winning 8:20.87 AR in Scotland.

HM honors to Tia Jones, who equaled the 60H WR (but was unable to compete at the WIC) and long jumper Tara Davis-Woodhall, who joined St. Pierre as the only U.S. gold medalists in Glasgow.

The 5 most recent previous winners: ’23 — Jasmine Moore (Florida); ’22 — Ajee’ Wilson (adidas); ’21 — Athing Mu (Texas A&M); ’20 — Wilson; ’19 — Wilson.

Collegiate Women: Parker Valby (Florida)

For the second year in a row the top collegian was a Gator junior. Already the school year’s XC champion, Valby added a 3000/5000 double on the track and can consider going for another pair outdoors. She moved to No. 3 on the all-time 3000 list and twice lowered the 5000’s CR, at 14:56.11 and 14:52.79.

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