Breanna Clayton, a junior on the Ottawa University women’s cross country and track and field team, has been selected as the 2018-19 KCAC Female Student-Athlete Champion of Character of the Year presented by IMA, Inc. and Dissinger Reed. Clayton will be recognized at the KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 6, at Avila University.

“Breanna is the most inspiring young woman I have had the pleasure of meeting,” Jillian Stoumbaugh, Ottawa Residence Hall & Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, said. “While I could use several words to describer her, the most descriptive word that comes to mind is determined. Breanna is determined to make a different in the world around her, determined to lead in a way that empowers others, determined to continually learn and grow, and determined to represent herself in the best light possible.”

Clayton took on numerous leadership roles throughout the campus, including: student body vice president, women’s cross country team captain, captain of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, women’s student-athlete leadership team representative, secretary of KCAC student-athlete leadership team, residential assistant, freshman orientation leader, and student senate representative.

She is a library aide, helps work game days across the campus, is a member of Hungry for a Change, tutor for Communities in Schools, helps with Martin Luther King Day of Service, and was a kids church leader for Hope Anthem Church.

In the classroom, Clayton holds a 3.9 GPA while pursuing a bachelor of arts in physical education. She was a Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Scholar recipient in 2017 and 2018, named to the Dean’s List three straight years, earned the Medal of Excellence 4.0 in 2017, a Daktronic Scholar Athlete in 2018, and a KCAC Scholar Athlete two-straight years.

“Having someone like Breanna on your team really makes a coach’s job a lot easier,” Nick Stenuf, Ottawa assistant cross country/track and field coach, said. “Breanna was just a sophomore when I came to Ottawa University to lead the distance program, and I could already tell she possessed the leadership qualities I needed to help bridge the gap between the athletes and myself. She not only bought in, she took on a leadership role without even trying to take on that position. This resulted in others taking notice and following her ‘all in’ and hard work qualities.”