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Second annual Knight Awards to be held on May 20

May 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm
2019 Knight Awards - May 20, 2019
2019 Knight Awards - May 20, 2019

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in junction with the Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation Department (PEAR) will hold the second annual Knight Awards ceremony on Monday, May 20.

The Knight Awards serves as a celebration of the accomplishments of the various Carleton varsity student-athletes and teams from during the 2018-19 academic year. The festivities will once again be held in the Recreation Center and begins with a 6:15 p.m. dinner for all 20 varsity teams as well as the athletics staff and other campus faculty and staff members. The awards presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

This year, the Knight Awards will be live streamed via https://portal.stretchinternet.com/carleton/. Fans and student-athletes connecting to the event through Twitter and Instagram are encouraged to use the hashtag #2019KnightAwards

A total of 17 awards are scheduled to be distributed this year, with 10 of those honors coming as a result of voting by the student-athletes. In those cases, Carleton coaches nominated team members for these awards, and two rounds of voting by student-athletes determined the finalists and selected the winners.

Here are the finalists for these 10 awards:

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Given to the athlete who had the most positive impact in a leadership role for their team during the 2018-19 season. This includes both leadership in and outside of competition and should be someone who embodies what it means to be a leader and have a strong leadership presence for their team.
• Eric McGregor (football)
• Tonya Piergies (women’s track and field)
• Ayumi Sakamoto (women’s golf)

TEAM PLAYER AWARD
There are certain special athletes who place their team and teammates above themselves at all times, embodying what it means to be a true team player. This award is given to the student-athlete who best represented these values as a true team player during their team's 2018-19 season.
• Joh Farmer (men’s basketball)
• Jacob Heath (football)
• Josh Small (baseball)

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Given to the athlete from a men’s sport whose accomplishments in their first collegiate season in that sport were most outstanding during their 2018-19 season.
• Marco da Cunha (men’s soccer)
• Ryan McGregor (football)
• Ben Santos (men’s track and field)

WOMEN’S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Given to the athlete from a women’s sport whose accomplishments during their first collegiate season in that sport were most outstanding during their 2018-19 season.
• Kapani Kirkland (women’s swimming and diving)
• Kristin Miyagi (women’s golf)

MEN’S MOST OUTSTANDING ATHLETE – TEAM SPORT
Given to the athlete from a men’s team sport whose individual accomplishments were most outstanding during their 2018-19 season.
• Kent Hanson (men’s basketball)
• Mark Roth (men’s soccer)

MEN’S MOST OUTSTANDING ATHLETE – INDIVIDUAL SPORT
Given to the athlete from a men’s individual sport whose individual accomplishments were most outstanding during their 2018-19 season.
• Jack Heinzel (men’s swimming and diving)
• Lucas Mueller (men’s track and field)

WOMEN’S MOST OUTSTANDING ATHLETE – TEAM SPORT
Given to the athlete from a women’s team sport whose individual accomplishments were most outstanding during their 2018-19 season.
• Emma Greenlee (women’s cross country)
• Anna Lauko (softball)
• Ziyi Wang (women’s golf)

WOMEN’S MOST OUTSTANDING ATHLETE – INDIVIDUAL SPORT
Given to the athlete from a women’s individual sport whose individual accomplishments were most outstanding during their 2018-19 season.
• Caroline Mather (women’s swimming and diving)
• Samantha Schnirring (women’s track and field)

MEN’S TEAM OF THE YEAR
• Men’s Cross Country
• Men’s Soccer
• Men’s Tennis

WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE YEAR
• Women’s Cross Country
• Women’s Golf

Additionally, the 2019 recipients of the four PEAR Department awards will also be unveiled. These awards are selected by PEAR coaches and staff and include:
• The Pat Lamb Award is given to outstanding senior female student-athletes who have achieved athletic excellence at the varsity level and a high level of academic achievement. One award is given for team sports, and the other for individual sports.
• The Ele Hansen Award recognizes two senior female students who bring to their sport the joy of participation and who have positively influenced others through their example, service, and leadership in the athletic or recreation program.
• The Mel Taube Award is given to students for exceptional loyalty, dedication, competitive spirit, and achievement in varsity athletics. The recipient must have participated in at least two sports with emphasis on at least one team sport.
• The Warren L. Beson Memorial is an award for athletic and academic excellence to a senior who has won one or more awards in any sport and has a high scholastic average. 

The evening will also include:
• Dean of Students Office Award for Community Engagement
• Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year
• Student Broadcaster Award