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Drake Honors Student-Athletes' Achievements At Annual Awards Ceremony

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: May 02, 2014
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team earned the Bulldog Way Director’s Cup Award Friday evening as the team of the year at the sixth-annual Intercollegiate Athletics Award Ceremony at the Knapp Center.

The award is given annually to the team that best reflects Drake athletics’ commitment to living the Bulldog Way through acts of integrity, demonstrating an uncompromising commitment to excellence, outworking and outhustling their opponent in pursuit of championships, desiring the best for and expecting the best from each other and maximizing their potentials by aspiring to greatness.

Women’s basketball achieved those goals on the court by advancing to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title game and off it by engaging in more than 1,000 hours of community service. Over the course of the year, team members served their campus, the Des Moines community and beyond in a variety of ways that met the needs of others. This service took place in homes being constructed by Habitat for Humanity, at shelters, community events that rely on volunteer support and in programs where refugees work on their English language skills.

The Howlett Award, honoring Drake's top male and top female student-athletes of the year, was presented to track and field’s Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa) and women’s basketball’s Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.)

Austin, one of the most decorated distance runners in Drake history was the 2014 MVC Indoor Championship co-Most Outstanding Performer with MVC titles in the 5,000 and 3,000 meters. Last season, he was the MVC Outdoor champion in the 5,000 meters and Drake Relays champion in the same event to become the first Drake athlete to win a Relays title in 18 years.

Clark was named the 2014 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year after averaging 19.3 points per game and earning first team all-MVC honors. She also reached the 1,000-career point milestone earlier in the season and was a three-time MVC Player of the Week. She made history by setting a school and MVC record for three-pointers in a season with 116.

Men’s tennis’ Ravi Patel (London, England) and  women’s basketball’s Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) were named the Bulldogs’ Newcomers of the Year. Patel, a transfer from South Florida, holds a 17-1 singles record in dual match play this season and was part of the first doubles team in Drake history to win Regional Doubles Championships and advance to the ITA Indoor Championships.

Wendell was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team, All-MVC first team and was the co-MVC Freshman of the Year. In addition to awards, she became just the 10th MVC freshman and third Drake freshman to score 400-plus points in their freshman season.

Football’s Brett Park (Olivette, Mo.) and Kyndal Clark were named the Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year while Aaron Hawley (Rogers, Ark.) was awarded the Dixie Byers Comeback Player of the Year honor.

In addition, seven student-athletes were presented the MVC Presidents Council Award, for seniors within 18 hours of graduation, who have achieved a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.80 or higher and participated in athletics for a minimum of two years. Honored were Andy Curtis (Manchester, Iowa) of men’s track and field, Allie Heifner (Oregon, Wis.) of women’s track and field, Hadley Jennings (Trenton, Mo.) with women’s golf, men’s soccer’s Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill.), women’s track’s Erin Poss (Antioch, Ill.) women’s soccer’s Kiah Swanson (Ft. Collins, Colo.) and track and field’s Celia Venezia (Labadie, Mo.).

The Bulldog Way Players’ Choice Award, was presented for the second consecutive year to an athlete from each team in the Drake athletic department, who has distinguished themselves on and off the field in living out the vision and values expressed in the Bulldog Way. Players were nominated by their teammates and the student-athlete receiving the most votes was recognized. They were:
Women’s Basketball – Cara Lutes
Men’s Basketball – Seth VanDeest
Cheerleading – Emily Raecker
Men’s Cross Country – Conor Wells
Women’s Cross Country – Emma Huston
Football – John Hugunin
Men’s Golf – Devin Leland
Women’s Golf – Katie Clausen
Rowing – Emily Householter
Men’s Soccer – Kyle Whigham
Women’s Soccer – Generve Charles
Softball – Sarah Ryan
Men’s Tennis – Robin Goodman
Women’s Tennis – Maddie Johnson
Men’s Track and Field – Brett Wright
Women’s Track and Field – Sarah Yeager
Volleyball – Sarah Madden

Complete Award Winners List
Howlett Male Student-Athlete of the Year
Brogan Austin –  Men’s Track and Field

Howlett Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Kyndal Clark –  Women’s Basketball

Men’s Newcomer of the Year
Ravi Patel – Men’s Tennis

Women’s Newcomer of the Year
Lizzy Wendell – Women’s Basketball

Dixie Byers Comeback Player of the Year
Aaron Hawley – Men’s Basketball

Men’s Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year
Brett Park – Football

Women’s Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year
Kyndal Clark – Women’s Basketball 

Four-Year Letterwinners
Bailey Berg –  Rowing
Mallory Bonstrom –  Rowing
Liz Buck –  Softball
Brandon Coleman –  Football
Paige Dusek –  Women’s Soccer
Megan Fisher –  Women’s Soccer
Ryan Flynn –  Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field
Robin Goodman –  Men’s Tennis
Jordan Gronewold –  Softball
Aaron Hawley –  Men’s Basketball
Seth Hedman –  Football
Ann Hoover –  Women’s Soccer
Bryan Jantsch –  Men’s Soccer
Hadley Jennings –  Women’s Golf
Kalena Litch –  Women’s Soccer
Alyssa Marschner –  Women’s Basketball
Travis Marsh –  Men’s Track
Kevin Marshall –  Football
Nicholas Marshall –  Men’s Soccer
Amanda Marwitz –  Women’s Cross Country
Brittany Michael –  Rowing
Jessica Nightser –  Rowing
Matthew Ohl –  Men’s Golf
Amy Pierce –  Softball
Nicole Randel –  Softball
Michael Ratelle –  Football
Klavdija Rebol –  Women’s Tennis
Nick Rosa –  Football
Brittany Schuling –  Women’s Soccer
Connor Steele –  Men’s Golf
Seth VanDeest –  Men’s Basketball
Ian Wells –  Men’s Track and Field
Tiara Winston –  Women’s Track and Field
Monica Worsley –  Rowing
Brett Wright –  Men’s Track and Field
Sarah Yeager –  Women’s Track and Field

MVC Presidents Council Award – 3.80 GPA seniors
Andrew Curtis –  Men’s Track & Field
Allison Heifner –  Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Hadley Jennings –  Women’s Golf
Nicholas Marshall –  Men’s Soccer
Erin Poss –   Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Kiah Swanson –  Women’s Soccer
Celia Venezia –  Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field

Bulldog Way Player’s Choice Award
Women’s Basketball – Cara Lutes
Men’s Basketball – Seth VanDeest
Cheerleading – Emily Raecker
Men’s Cross Country – Conor Wells
Women’s Cross Country – Emma Huston
Football – John Hugunin
Men’s Golf – Devin Leland
Women’s Golf – Katie Clausen
Rowing – Emily Householter
Men’s Soccer – Kyle Whigham
Women’s Soccer – Generve Charles
Softball – Sarah Ryan
Men’s Tennis – Robin Goodman
Women’s Tennis – Maddie Johnson
Men’s Track and Field – Brett Wright
Women’s Track and Field – Sarah Yeager
Volleyball – Sarah Madden

Bulldog Way Coaches Of The Year
Rick Fox –  Football
Sadhaf Pervez – Women’s Tennis

Bulldog Way Staff Member Of The Year
Carolyn Hill

Strength and Conditioning Awards
Men’s Basketball – Gary Ricks
Women’s Basketball – Kyndal Clark
Cheer – Wayne Stratbucker
Men’s Cross Country – Reed Fischer
Women’s Cross Country – Laura Gann
Football – Brett Park
Men’s Golf – Karter Smith
Women’s Golf – Katie Clausen
Women’s Rowing – Monica Worsley
Men’s Soccer – Ben LeMay
Women’s Soccer – Rhian Pritchard
Softball – Laura Brewer
Men’s Tennis – Ben Mullis
Women’s Tennis – Mariel Ante
Men’s Track & Field – Andy Curtis
Women’s Track & Field – Sarah Yeager
Volleyball – Halli Meyer

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