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Lamb, Hansen, Taube, and Beson Award winners named for 2008-09

May 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — In conjunction with Carleton’s annual Honors Convocation, the Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (P.E.A.R.) Department announced its annual senior awards on Friday. Nicky Bloom (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and Karen Campbell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) received the Pat Lamb Award. Andrea Duron (Claremont, Calif./Vivian Webb) and Kate Stanchak (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) are the recipients of the Ele Hansen Award. John Hanks (LeRoy, Minn./LeRoy-Ostrander) was honored with the Mel Taube Award, while Ted Marschall (Burnsville, Minn.) was given the Warren L. Beson Memorial award.

The Pat Lamb Award is given to two outstanding senior female student-athletes who have achieved athletic excellence and a high level of academic achievement. Bloom received the award given for team sports, with Campbell receiving the other for individual sports.

Bloom, a romance languages and literatures major, was an All-MIAC honorable mention midfielder on the Carleton’s women’s soccer team that put together the best season in school history. The Knights’ (18-6) memorable campaign included a team-record victory total, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Playoffs championship, and the program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA Championships. The Knights advanced all the way to the NCAA Sectional Finals (Elite Eight), the deepest run ever by a Carleton team at a national tournament. Bloom finished with 10 goals on the season, ranking third among MIAC players on the year and the third-highest single-season total at Carleton. She played her best soccer in the postseason. In six playoff games, she had three goals and two assists.

Campbell, an economics and philosophy major, is one of the more decorated distance runners in Carleton history. Recognized a total of seven times as an All-MIAC performer and nine more times as All-MIAC honorable mention, she also raced three times at the NCAA cross country championships. She capped her collegiate career with fourth-place finishes in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at the 2009 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including a NCAA provisional qualifying time at the longer distance. Campbell was also named to the 2008 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country All-Academic Team.

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.

Duron, a sociology/anthropology major, played four seasons on the Carleton softball team and in both 2008 and 2009 was selected by her coaches and teammates to represent Carleton on the MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. She spent the majority of her career behind the plate but also filled in at pitcher during the 2008 season when teammate Mari Jo Long, an All-MIAC performer, was studying off campus.

Stanchak, a chemistry major, was a solid back-row performer for the volleyball team and led the squad in sets played during the 2008 season. She finished third in digs per set, while her digs-to-reception errors ratio was tops among team leaders. Stanchak also represented the Knights on the MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team for volleyball.

The Mel Taube Award is given to students for exceptional loyalty, dedication, competitive spirit, and achievement in varsity athletics. The recipient of this award must have participated in at least two sports with emphasis on team sports in at least one category.

Hanks, a chemistry major, received All-MIAC distinction in football and track and field during his senior year. On the gridiron, he played defensive end and helped Carleton go 7-3 and achieve its first national ranking since 1993. He led the team in tackles for loss (10.5) and—despite being double-teamed on a majority of his snaps—finished second in the MIAC with 8.5 sacks, the sixth-best single-season total in team history. He forced four fumbles, which tied for second in the league. Hanks finished his career third in Carleton history with 35.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks.

He capped his collegiate career by winning the javelin with a personal-best throw of 184 feet, 1 inch at the 2009 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The final competitor in the event, Hanks earned status as a MIAC champion with his winning toss on the last throw of the competition.

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.

Marschall, a physics major, is one of the most dominating and successful swimmers in recent history at Carleton. He earned a trip to the NCAA Swimming Championships all four years, and in 12 individual events, he earned All-America or All-American Honorable Mention distinction a total of 11 times. He added four All-MIAC awards in 2009, raising his career total to 19. He then concluded his collegiate career with All-American performances in the 200 individual medley (fifth place) and 200 breaststroke (eighth), plus a honorable-mention swim (ninth) in the 400 IM.

Marschall holds seven individual school records and swam on a trio of record-setting relays. Additionally, he possesses MIAC championship meet records for the 200 IM and 400 IM. He was recently awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and is leaning towards enrolling at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in the fall of 2009 to study quantum optics or condensed matter physics.

The Pat Lamb Award publicly honors Pat Lamb, Carleton’s first director of women’s athletics (1970–1985). Professor Lamb was an influential leader in the early development of increased opportunities for women not only at Carleton, but also at state, regional, and national levels. This award is endowed by a fund created by friends, colleagues, and former students upon Lamb’s retirement in 1994.

The Ele Hansen Award publicly honors Professor Eleanor Hansen, chair of the women’s physical education department from 1952–86, in appreciation for the generosity, enthusiasm, and warmth she shared with generations of Carleton students. It is endowed by a fund created by her friends, colleagues, and former students at the time of her retirement in 1986.

The Mel Taube Award honors its namesake who served as athletic director from 1960–70; baseball coach from 1950–70; football coach from 1960–70; and head basketball coach from 1950-60.

The Warren L. Beson Memorial is named for former head football coach Warren Beson, who came to Carleton in 1956 after leading Edina High School to the mythical state championship. He quickly turned the fortunes of the program around in three-plus seasons before dying of a heart attack midway through the 1959 season. Despite his short tenure he left a lasting impression on colleagues and students. Beson, who reportedly had chances to coach larger and more successful programs, stayed at Carleton, amassing a 21-7-2 mark, including a 1956 Midwest Conference tri-championship.