INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Jamila Demby, a track and field standout from the University of California-Davis, was named NCAA Woman of the Year on Sunday night for her academic, athletic community achievements.

Demby was among 10 finalists selected by a special committee of athletic administrators from NCAA member colleges and universities. There were more than 300 nominations initially.

``This award means a lot to me because it's about everything I love to do,'' Demby said at a dinner ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. ``I love to run track, I love school and I love working with kids.

``I want to thank my mother for inspiring me to go to college and to get where I have today.''

Demby, who won numerous track and field awards during her collegiate career, is scheduled to graduate in December.

She was an indoor track and field All-America in the 1,600-meter relay in 1998 and 1999. She was a first-team All North Coast Athletic Conference selection in the 400 in 1996 and 1997, and was an All-America in the 800 from 1996-99.

She also earned All NCAC honors in the 800 in 1996 and 1999, and was a 1999 All-California College Athletic Association Conference selection in the 800.

``I was more worried about waiting in line tonight and getting to my seat than I was about winning because I really didn't expect to win,'' Demby said.

``I was just happy to be in the presence of so many young women who have achieved so much in their lives.''

Demby, 22, is majoring in rhetoric and communication with a 3.06 grade-point average. She was on the school's honor roll from 1995 to this year.

``I don't know where to go from here. This awards seals everything up. I can't ask for anything more than this,'' she said.

In addition to her athletic and academic success, Demby volunteered as a Special Olympics coach, instructed physically challenged youth in track events at the ACT Games and junior high students at the Jacobs Track Clinic in California.

She also participated in food and clothing drives, organized an event at Shriner's Hospital and was awarded the university's Outstanding Senior Leadership Award in 1999.

Other finalists for the award were Stephanie White-McCarty, basketball, Purdue University; Erin Baxter, soccer, University of Florida; Trina Steines, cross-country and track and field, Wartburg College; Emily Stauffer, soccer, Harvard University; Jayna Mathieu, cross-country and track and field, St. Olaf College; Suzanne Eastman, soccer, Dartmouth College; Theresa Marie Lang, basketball, North Dakota State University; Jaimee Heffner, track and field, soccer, volleyball, Washington and Jefferson College; and Charlotte Davis Quesada, rowing, University of Virginia.