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Hendrix salutes its senior athletes

Posted: May 17, 2014 - 3:49pm

Six Hendrix athletes earned top honors at the college’s senior athletic banquet.

Track and field athlete Elizabeth Krug was named the NCAA Woman of the Year, baseball player Collin Radack was named Hendrix College Man of the Year, men’s basketball player Colton Primm and track and field/field hockey player Jennifer Koller were awarded the Bob Courtway Leadership Award, and softball player Catelyn Gibbs and swimmer John Byford won the Carl Babcock Award.

Krug, from Heber Springs, quickly established herself as one of the greatest athletes in Warrior history, earning All-American status in the heptathlon as a freshman. She went on to win three more All-American awards, including a national championship in the heptathlon last season. During the indoor and outdoor seasons, Krug has set 20 school records.

Radack, of Austin, Texas, rewrote the Hendrix baseball record book, setting career records in games played, started, at bats, runs, hits, triples, total bases, stolen bases and fielding percentage. He also set single season records in 2014 in at bats, runs, hits and fielding percentage.

He is a four-time First Team All-Conference selection and he capped his career as the SAA Player of the Year and was named the SAA Man of the Year. Radack will likely be the school’s highest-ever pick in June’s Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Primm, from Fayetteville, has proven himself as a leader on and off the court. A two-time all-conference selection, he broke the school record for blocked shots in a career and season and finished 26th in career scoring. He has been involved in numerous volunteer projects and leadership positions on campus, including president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Koller, of Woodbury, Connecticut, has demonstrated leadership skills have helped her become one of the most successful players in Hendrix field hockey history. Serving as team captain as a senior, she earned All-SAA First Team and All-Great Lakes Region Second Team honors. Koller also was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. She set the school record and ranked fourth in the NCAA with 18 defensive saves. Koller participated in the multiple throwing events in track.

Gibbs, from Sachse, Texas, has been one of the most consistent performers for the Warrior softball team during her career. She was selected to the all-conference Team all four years as well as the academic honor roll. She set the school career record in sacrifice bunts and finished her career ranked in the top three in stolen bases and runs scored.

Byford, of Oklahoma City, has been one of the most successful swimmers for Hendrix in NCAA Division III. He broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle and 400 individual medley, both of which had stood for 28 years. He earned All-SAA First Team honors by winning the 400 IM at the conference championships as a junior. He was selected to the All-Sportsmanship team three times in his career.

The NCAA Woman of the Year is awarded annually to the female athlete who is most qualified based on service, leadership, athletic excellence and involvement that participation in athletics has had upon the nominee’s life.

The Hendrix College Man of the Year award is given to a senior male athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Robert F. Courtway served as a coach, professor, department chair and athletic director at Hendrix from 1961-92. His award is given annually to the male and female athlete who best exemplify the ideals for which Courtway stood for — character, leadership, sportsmanship, service and integrity.

Carl Babcock was a Hendrix football and track athlete and highly respected student body leader from 1957-61 and was the head track coach at North Texas State University. The award is given annually to a male and female athlete who best exhibit those character traits for which Babcock possessed — clean and vigorous competition, pursuit of excellence, dedication to physical health and well-being, team above self and honor above victory.

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