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Summer 2005 | Volume 28, Number 2 | Athletics

Applause and Awards for Falcon Scholar- Athletes Continue Into the Summer

ALTHOUGH THE ACTION all but ended in May, Seattle Pacific University athletes were reaping rewards well into the summer.

In June, track and field champions Chris Randolph and Danielle Ayers-Stamper were voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) male and female Athletes of the Year a few days after sharing SPUís Athlete of the Year honors. Randolph won the NCAA decathlon crown while Ayers-Stamper, who had earlier taken first in the national indoor high jump, placed second in the heptathlon. Ayers-Stamper became the third Falcon female to earn the GNAC award in four years.

Ayers-Stamper also earned four All-American awards and swept the GNAC indoor and outdoor track Athlete of the Year awards. She earned a place on the U.S. National Team for an August meet in Holland by finishing eighth in the heptathlon at the USA Championships.

Also in June, basketballís Brittney Kroon was given the Honda Inspiration Award at the Collegiate Womenís Sports Awards in New York City. Kroon is believed to be only the second liver transplant patient to participate in NCAA athletics. She led the nation in blocked shots as a sophomore and has been a solid contributor to the Falcon womenís program in each of her three seasons.

Academically, Seattle Pacific shone just as brightly. For the second year in a row, the Falcon men and women received the GNAC Academic All-Sports award. They were second to Western Washington in the GNAC All-Sports tabulation. For the first time, a total of three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships were awarded to SPU athletes. Gymnast Corrie McDaniel and runner Paul Mach, both All-Americans in their respective sports, joined soccerís Jennifer Hull as recipients.

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