Awards for the 2013-14 school year for Murray State Athletics were handed out Monday evening by the MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) honoring the Racers’ best of the best. The annual awards are voted on by MSU student athletes, which number more than 300, and were given during the annual banquet at the Curris Center in Murray, Ky.

SAAC honored individual sport achievement and also graduating seniors in MSU Athletics.

Included in the honors were, the Team Academic Award which was earned by the MSU softball team with a combined grade point average of 3.55 for the spring and fall of 2013.

The Community Service Award was given to the MSU women’s golf team. There were many community service projects supported by MSU student-athletes this year including: Dr. Seuss week, Murray Ice Cream Festival and Southwest Elementary School Fall Carnival. MSU student-athletes also participated in National Breakfast Day, National Reading Day, and collected toys for Operation Christmas Child and Toys for Tots. The MSU Athletics canned food drive to benefit Murray-Calloway County Need Line brought in 5,900 items and 600 dozen eggs.

Shauna Wicker of soccer and Cameron Finch of baseball were given the Racer Spirit Award. The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete that demonstrated class and character on and off the field, but also went above and beyond to represent MSU student-athletes in all types of campus organizations.

The MSU Athlete of the Year Award was given to Delaney Howson of women’s golf and Jarvis Williams of men’s basketball. Howson led the Racers to the NCAA Women’s Golf Tournament after they won the Ohio Valley Conference title. Howson was MSU’s first four-time All-OVC selection and this season’s OVC Player of the Year. Williams burst on the scene in leading the Racers to the Tournament title and led the nation in field goal percentage. He was named All-OVC and to the OVC Newcomer Team.

The Newcomer of the Year Award was given to Andrea Eskauriatza of women’s tennis and Cameron Payne of men’s basketball. Eskauriatza led her team to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament after winning the OVC Championship. She was named All-OVC and was tops in the OVC in winning percentage. Payne was named OVC Freshman of the Year and All-OVC. He was the CIT MVP and named national Freshman of the Year by Payne was the second freshman to score 500 points in MSU history.
Olga Elkin of women’s tennis was named the Coach of the Year after her team took the OVC title and makes a trip to the NCAA Tournament this week in Nashville against Vanderbilt.

The Ginger Adams Spirit Award was given to Allison Petterson. The award is presented to a member of the MSU cheer team who best exemplifies the personal characteristics which made Ginger Adams a special person. Adams passed away in 1995 in a van crash while returning from the Nashville airport with the rest of the cheer team after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.  Ginger had an unbridled spirit and enthusiasm for Racer Athletics, had a diligent and successful pursuit of academic studies and had a personality which reached out to all who came to know her.

SAAC Awards & Nominations (Winners bold italics)
Female Racer Spirit Award: Ellie Lorenz (volleyball), Jocelynn Rodgers (softball), Eleonore Tchakarova (tennis), Jackie Van Meter (golf), Shauna Wicker (soccer)
Male Racer Spirit Award: Casey Duncan (football), Dexter Fields (basketball), Cameron Finch (baseball)
Female Newcomer:  Katarina Bisercic (rifle), Andrea Eskauriatza (tennis), Maggie Glass (softball), Scottie Ingram (volleyball), Sydney Trimble (golf)
Male Newcomer:  Jesse Blackburn (football), Tyler Lawrence (baseball), Cameron Payne (basketball)
Female Athlete of the Year: Alexa Becker (softball), Kelsey Emme (rifle), Delaney Howson (golf)
Male Athlete of the Year: Walter Powell (football), Ty Stetson (baseball), Jarvis Williams (basketball)
Ginger Adams Spirit Award: Allison Petterson
Coach of the Year: Olga Elkin (tennis)

The banquet also recognized graduating student-athletes and those that accomplished what MSU Athletics calls “Four Years-Two Goals”… Leaving Murray State with a diploma in one hand and a championship ring on the other.

Four Years-Two Goals
Men’s Basketball: Dexter Fields
Rifle: Michael Burzynski, William Harvey
Women’s Golf: Delaney Howson
Women’s Tennis: Carla Suga

4.0 GPA Recognition
Women’s Softball: Alexa Becker, Leslie Bridges, CheyAnne Gaskey, Molly Hargrove, Mallory Richerson, Mason Robinson, Jessica Twaddle, Mallory Young
Volleyball: Katlyn Hudson, Scottie Ingram
Baseball: Dustin Cartas, Brock Downey, Josh King
Women’s Cross Country, Track & Field: Jackie Thate, Ashley Conway, Chleo LeGrand
Men’s Cross Country: Neil Yockey
Cheerleading: Courtney Bell, Ashley Jones, Devan McCoy, Rachel Ross
Men’s Golf: Preston French, Jordan Smith
Football: Carson Beyer, Zach Littlefield, Steven Mix, Ayo Ojolola, Zach Shipley
Rifle: Ryan Limpus
Women’s Tennis: Suzaan Stoltz, Eleonore and Verginie Tchakarova
Women’s Golf: Sophie Hillier, Leah Judd, Delaney Howson, Jacklyn Van Meter
Women’s Soccer: Kayla Harbin, Julie Mooney, Sonja Murphy, Halle Pinkham, Taylor Stevens
Women’s Basketball: Antonia Niebler

Student-Athletes Graduating This Month
Men’s Basketball: Dexter Fields
Women’s Basketball: Jessica Winfrey
Baseball: Brock Downey, Cameron Finch, Mike Kozlowski, Cashtyn Deleeuw
Football: Harris Bivin, Parks Frazier, Hunter Hogan, Josh Manning, Jordan Morrow, Zac Ross, Blake Salter, Cadarius Sanders, Sam Small, Perry Cooper, Darian Yahyavi
Rifle: Mike Burzynski, Marisca Martin-Mozeleski, Bill Harvey
Women’s Golf: Delaney Howson
Soccer: Shauna Wicker
Softball: Christian Cox
Volleyball: Katlyn Hudson

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