SPU Honors 2005–06 Athletes
Randolph Reigns Again
WITH THREE NATIONAL and five conference
Athletes of the Year among the field, the balloting
for Seattle Pacific University’s 2006 Ron
Grady Athlete of the Year award featured no
shortage of heavyweight contenders. Yet one
athlete, Chris Randolph, stood out. Just days
after winning his second straight NCAA
decathlon title, Randolph became only the
eighth multiple recipient of the coveted award.
Randolph’s marks in running, jumping,
and throwing events dwarfed those of a year
before, when he shared the SPU Athlete of
the Year mantle with Danielle Ayers-Stamper.
It was a year of accomplishments for Randolph,
who beat his 2005 winning decathlon
score by 563 points, broke two longstanding
SPU records, won Great Northwest Athletic
Conference (GNAC) crowns in the long
jump (indoors) and 400 meters (outdoors),
and was named GNAC Athlete of the Year.
A featured speaker at Seattle Pacific’s June 1
Athletic Awards Banquet, Randolph was also
one of five recipients of the Falcon Award for
Excellence for career achievement in athletics,
academics, and leadership. Joining him were
fellow seniors Katie Ralph of volleyball, Mandy
Wood of basketball, Allison Teague of soccer,
and Tony Binetti of basketball. Binetti, who
has signed to play professionally for Italian
champions Climamio Bologna, was also named
GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned
an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The Cliff McCrath 101 Scholar-Athlete
award went to track and field competitor
Linda Blake and basketball’s Jeff Knudson.
They were the four-year lettermen with the
highest grade point averages among graduating
seniors. A total of 28 student athletes were
honored for maintaining a 3.50 GPA over the
previous three quarters.
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