2016 SAAC banquet
Best Of The Best Celebrated At SAAC Banquet
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Awards for the 2015-16 school year in Murray State Athletics were handed out (May 9) by the MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) at the Curris Center in Murray, Ky. 

With baseball, softball and track & field still to finish their seasons, the Racers' 300-plus student-athletes have produced three Ohio Valley Conference team championships (Rifle, Soccer and Volleyball), and 29 All-OVC selections which includes 10 OVC MVP or individual championship winners.

Awards were given for teams in the area of academics and community service.
 
The evening was also a special occurrence as the Racers celebrated 22 seniors who completed "Four Years-Two Goals". The motto recalls the goal for every MSU student-athlete as they strive to earn their degree and win an OVC championship. The 2015-16 school produced 22 seniors who accomplished the goal.
 
Team Academic Award
The MSU Team Academic Award was won by the Racer women's tennis team. As a whole, Racer student-athletes consistently performed with distinction in the classroom.  Their overall student-athlete GPA for the 2014-15 academic year was 3.12 and six MSU teams averaged a 3.30 or higher. In the 2015 fall semester, Murray State teams earned a 3.09 average and eight teams had a 3.30 or higher GPA.
 
Team Community Service Award
Murray State football won the Team Community Service Award. The football team edged out the Racer women's golf squad. However, all MSU teams are to be commended for a great year of community service activities. MSU teams participated in events such as Read Across America, All-Sport Special Olympics Day at Stewart Stadium, War Zone, Project Linus, High Attendance Day and Unity Day at Murray High and Murray-Calloway Needline canned food drive. MSU Athletics collected 5124 items with 3,442 items being collected by women's golf.
 
Four Years/Two Goals
Men's Basketball - Wayne Langston
Rifle - Hannah Harris, Tessa Howald, Ryan Limpus, Keri Marlin, Kaitlyn Wilson
Soccer - Rebecca Bjorkvall, Marissa Burroughs, Racheal Foxley, Taylor Stevens
Volleyball - Sam Bedard, Alyssa Lelm, Taylor Olden, Emily Schmahl
Women's Golf - Sophie Hillier, Abbi Stamper
Women's Tennis - Megan Blue, Erin Patton, Suzaan Stoltz
Women's Track - Brittany Bohn, Emma Gilmore, Sydney Potts
 
4.0 Recognition – 2015 Fall Semester
Women's Softball - Erica Howard, Leah Kesel, Cayla Levins, Jessica Twaddle, Amber Van Duyse, Mallory Young
Volleyball - Scottie Ingram, Audrey Lewis, Eleanor Lorenz, Hannah Stultz
Baseball - Aaron Bence, John Lollar, Kipp Moore
Men's Cross Country (Men) - Vincent Turner
Football - Anthony Boone, KD Humphries, T-Ray Malone, Zach Shipley, Mitchell Stults
Women's Basketball - Jashae Lee
Rifle - Ryan Limpus, Ivan Roe, Alathea Sellars, Kaitlyn Wilson
Women's Tennis - Alina Schibol, Suzaan Stoltz, Mari Udagawa
Men's Tennis - Will True
Women's Golf - Sophie Hillier, Nadine Innes, Jackie Van Meter
Women's Soccer -  Caroline Ashton, Cori Cain
Women's Track & Cross Country - Kennedy Berkley, Emily Evans, Caroline Grogan, Kristen Higgins, Chleo LeGrand, Christina Meinhardt, Heatherly Paschall, Rebekah Priddy    
 
Class of 2016 Kentucky Theta chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma
Chi Alpha Sigma is a nonprofit organization established to recognize college student-athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior or senior years. The governing board represents all levels of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
 
Women's Cross Country, Track & Field - Taylor Adcock, Emma Gilmore, Caroline Grogan, Rebekah Priddy, Meagan Smith
Women's Golf - Sydney Trimble, Jacklyn Van Metter
Soccer - Alison Critcher
Volleyball - Ellie Lorenz, Hannah Stultz
Baseball - Kipp Moore
Football - Dylan Boone, Toby Omli, Zach Shipley, Landon Stratton
Cross-Country (Men) - Gavin Galanes
Men's Golf - Matt Zakutney
Softball - Jessica Francis, Cayla Levins, Mason Robinson, Brianne Sanders, Mallory Young
 
Graduating Seniors Recognition
Each senior was presented a MSU Athletics graduation stole.
May & August Graduates
Men's Basketball - Wayne Langston, Gee McGhee, Justin Seymour
Women's Basketball - Bianca Babic, Kyra Gulledge, Ajee Smith
Baseball - Sheldon Baxter, Brad Boegel, Chad Gendron, Nick Moore, Derek Yoder
Football - St. Pierre Anilus, Joey Cicoria, Warren Conway, Janawski Davis, Carson Greifenkamp, Brandon Jones, T-Ray Malone, Shawn Samuels, Quinton Spraggins
Rifle - Hannah Harris, Ryan Limpus
Women's Golf - Sophie Hillier, Abbi Stamper
Men's Golf - Preston French
Men's Tennis - Anjan Kashyab
Soccer - Rebecca Bjorkvall, Marissa Burroughs, Rachael Foxley, Taylor Stevens
Softball - Erica Howard, Shelbey Miller, Brianne Sanders     
Women's Tennis - Megan Blue, Erin Patton, Suzaan Stoltz
Men's Cross-Country - Cole Cisneros, Jarred Koerner, Lucas Prather
Volleyball - Sam Bedard, Alyssa Lelm, Audrey Lewis, Taylor Olden, Emily Schmahl
Women's Cross-County, Track and Field - Brittany Bohn, Emma Gilmore, Jolyta Henderson, Jill Jachino, Brianna McCarthy, Lauren Miller, Rebecca Morris, Heatherly Pashcall, Sydney Potts, Kimmy Siebert, Leah Krause
 
December Graduates
Baseball - Andrew Bramley, Matthew Johnson, Cody Maerz
Football - Thomas Chapman, Corey Gammon, Jeremy Harness, KD Humphries, Ben Luper, Tony Mays, Connor Mitchell, Paul Rice, Zach Dean
Men's Golf - Duncan McCormick
Rifle - Tessa Howald, Keri Marlin, Kaitlyn Wilson
Softball - Jessica Francis, Jessica Twaddle
Women's Basketball - LeAsia Wright
Women's Track & Field - Kennedy Berkley, Ali Hester
Volleyball - Scottie Ingram


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