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Summer 2006 | Volume 29, Number 3 | Athletics

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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