Emporia State Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored

By: ESU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: ESU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

May 8, 2013 - A school record holder and player that was both an All-American on the field and in the classroom were named Emporia State University Outstanding Student-Athletes of the Year at the ESU Senior Awards and Honors Banquet tonight. Over 70 Hornet senior student-athletes and support staff were recognized for their contributions to Emporia State and the Hornet Athletic program.

ESU OUTSTANDING STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
The Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award is presented annually to deserving male and female student-athletes based upon their performance over time, athletic achievement, academic success, community service and contribution to the team.
Ben Carlson • Senior • Football • Topeka.
Carlson is a business administration major from Topeka, Kan. He earned honorable mention All-America honors at linebacker for the Kanza Bowl Champion Hornets. He led Emporia State in tackles with 112 on the season. He was ranked sixth in the MIAA in tackles and was second in the league in fumble recoveries. He was ranked 60th in the nation in tackles per game and had 197 total tackles in his two year Hornet career. He is the first Hornet to crack the century mark in tackles since Chad Pratz had 103 in 2001. He was a First-Team Academic All-American this past season and became the first Hornet since Tyler Paul in 2003 to earn All-American honors on the field and in the classroom. He has a 3.84 cumulative GPA.
Karley Schmelzer • Senior • Softball • Garden Plain, Kan.
Schmelzer is an elementary education major from Garden Plain, Kan. She is currently leading the nation in wins with a school record 31 victories heading into this weekend's NCAA Tournament action. She is a three-time All-MIAA performer in the circle for the Hornets and was an All-Region selection last season. In addition to leading the nation in wins she leads the MIAA in appearances, starts and innings pitched, is second in ERA, strike outs, and shut outs, and is fifth in opponent batting average. She is sixth in the nation in shutouts and 13th in total strike outs. With two no hitters this season she has a total of six in her career. She maintains a 3.34 GPA and is a member of the Emporia State Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

UNDERGRADUATE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Undergraduate Award of Excellence is given to an outstanding male and female underclass student-athlete who excels in the areas of athletic performance, academic achievement and community service.
Payson Maydew • Freshman • Track & Field • Pratt, Kan.
Maydew is freshman music major from Pratt, Kan. He finished third in the decathlon at last weekend's MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a provisional qualifying mark of 6,615 points. He was fourth in the heptathlon at the MIAA Indoor Championships with 5,133 points and placed tenth nationally in the event. He has a 4.00 cumulative GPA.
Sara Dunkin • Sophomore • Track & Field • Topeka, Kan.
Dunkin is a sophomore business major from Topeka, Kan. She set the Emporia State school record in the javelin earlier this year to guarantee her spot in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the second straight year. Her mark of 151-07 (46.20m) is ranked fifth in the nation this year. She advanced to the finals at the national championships last year, finishing ninth in the nation. She has a 3.65 cumulative GPA.

WAL-MART WITHOUT PEER AWARD
The Wal-Mart Without Peer Award was established during the 1999-2000 school year to give recognition deserving student-athletes from their peers - the student-athletes at Emporia State. Each team nominates an individual for the award and it is then voted on by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at ESU.
Zack Carlson • Senior • Baseball • Topeka, Kan.
Carlson is a business administration and accounting major with a GPA of 3.91. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-Region Team and has been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and D2 Athletic Directors Association Achievement Award list. He is a member of Beta Gamma Honor Society and was named Most Outstanding MBA Student. He has been a four year starter for the Hornets. He is involved on campus as a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participated in numerous community service events including Youth Friends, Camp Alexander Haunted Trails, and the Emporia Middle School Hanging with a Hornet mentor program.
Alex Crowe • Senior • Tennis • Lenexa, Kan.
Crowe is a biochemistry and molecular biology major with a GPA of 3.83. She is a member of the Dean’s List, the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, and D2 Athletic Directors Association Achievement Award list. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Chi Alpha Sigma Honors Societies. Alex has received many academic awards in her major and was just named the Newberg Outstanding Senior. Crowe has been named first-team All-MIAA in her career. She was a member of Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Caduceus Society and Chi Omega Sorority. She has helped with Make A Wish, Relay for Life, Sleep in Box, and St. Jude Up til Dawn among her over 500 hours of community service.

JOE CANNON SERVICE AWARD
The Emporia State Athletic Department annually gives special recognition to person not currently a member of the staff for their dedication, service and commitment to bettering ESU and intercollegiate athletics. Joe Cannon was one of the most prominent supporters of Hornet Athletics over the years. The Joe Cannon Service Award honors his memory.
Pete and Leslee Euler
The Eulers can be seen helping the Emporia State Athletic department in many capacities throughout the year. They can be found hosting teams and recruits on football game-days, coordinating the football chain gang, hosting team meals, officiating track meets, and participating as members of the Athletic Committee for the Now & Forever Fundraising Campaign.

At the end of the night long-time Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. John Rich of the Emporia State School of Business was recognized for his 23 years of service to Hornet Athletics. Members of each team presented Dr. Rich with a memento and the entire Student-Athlete Advisory Committee signed a photo of him shaking hands with a student-athlete accepting his Athletic Director's Honor Roll certificate. Dr. Rich is retiring at the end of this school year and will Dr. Scott Waters of The Teachers College will take over the role of FAR.


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