Hendricks, Krieger Named Student-Athletes of the Year; Scholar-Athletes Recognized

Posted: May 7, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Members of Mason Intercollegiate Athletics recognized the 2009 senior class at the 2009 Senior Salute awards banquet on May 5.

The Aimee Willard Commemorative Award was presented to senior baseball player Scott Krieger. The award was established in 1997 and is presented to the Mason student-athlete who best exemplifies the standards of quality set by Aimee: intensity, consistency of purpose, achievement and teamwork. Nominees are selected by head coaches, and the recipient is selected by Gail Willard, Aimee’s mother, and the Willard family.

Krieger is an outfielder from Towson, Md. He started all 47 games for the Patriots this year and he is among the nation’s leaders in home runs, batting average and total bases. A preseason first-team All-American this year, he leads the nation in active career home runs, RBIs, runs and total bases.

The Dr. Frank Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year Awards were also presented. The winners of this award are selected by the student-athletes based on the following standards: being a team player on and off the field, demonstrating motivational qualities and good sportsmanship while maintaining good academic standing.

Women’s track and field’s Ryann Hendricks won the Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

Hendricks, a senior, qualified for the ECAC Championships during indoor season in both the long and triple jump, and will participate in both the ECAC and NCAA East Regional Championships later this month in the two events. She was named the Co-Most Outstanding Women’s Field Performer of the CAA Championships after capturing the conference’s triple jump title and placing second in the long jump.

Krieger was selected the Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

The seniors were honored with the George Mason Award, which recognizes the culmination of a student-athlete’s participation in intercollegiate athletics. The hand-sculpted artwork of George Mason was designed as a permanent remembrance of both the institution and the student-athlete’s legacy. A total of 68 seniors from 17 sports and the cheerleading and dance teams accepted the award.

The scholar-athletes were recognized as well during the ceremony. In order to earn the Scholar-Athlete Award, seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or greater. This year’s awardees follow.

Senior Scholar-Athlete Award Winners

Jonathan Borrajo, Men’s Soccer

Maggie Bridges, Lacrosse

Alison Bryan, Softball

Morgan Connell, Women’s Volleyball

Kat Dolan, Rowing

Nilani Duarte, Women’s Soccer

Zhana Edmonds, Cheerleading

Crystal Lawrence, Track and Field

Denise Maclin, Dance

Justin Mallette, Swimming and Diving

Jenn Mockler, Rowing

Ryan Murphy, Track and Field

Mutsa Nyakabau, Track and Field

Jessica Paris, Women’s Soccer

Daniel Schneider, Men’s Tennis

Allie Smith, Swimming and Diving

Julie Tripson, Track and Field

Matthew Vaughn, Men’s Tennis

Heather Voska, Rowing

Jordan Wheatley, Rowing

Alicia Van Zandt, Women’s Tennis

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