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Clarkson honors student-athletes for efforts over past school year

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POTSDAM - The Clarkson University Athletic Department recently took the time to honor its student-athletes at the 10th-annual Athletic Awards Ceremony where all 19 offerings were recognized for another outstanding year.

The Ed Sayer Memorial Award, an honor that recognizes an individual that exemplifies the former Clarkson swimmer’s spirit in exhibiting compassion for their teammates, an indelible work ethic, a passion for their sport, and an appreciation of the intricacies and importance of teamwork, went to senior women’s hockey player Katelyn Ptolemy (Dinsmore, SASK). A four-year member of the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team and captain in 2011-12, Ptolemy made an impressive impact for the Golden Knights both on and off the ice. Aside from accumulating 36 points from the blueline in her four seasons, Ptolemy had a 3.59 grade-point average while majoring in biology. Additionally, she participated or organized Clarkson’s contribution to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Skate With A Knight, Reading and Learn to Skate programs, Relay for Life, Potsdam Community Clean Up and several 5K runs. At home, she also helped mentally and physically challenged patients for Parkridge Aquatics, assisted with the Saskatoon Heart and Stroke Rehabilitation program, and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

For the second straight year, Sara Artus (St. Regis Falls, NY) of the volleyball team was chosen as the Female Athlete of the Year. Named an AVCA All-American for the third straight year, Artus also earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. She was named Liberty League Player of the Year and was picked as a Liberty League First-Team All-Star for the third straight season, becoming Clarkson’s all-time leader in kills with 1710. She also helped lead Clarkson to their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the round of 32 with a four-set win over Nazareth College.

Sharing the honor for Male Athlete of the Year were Alex Benway (Queensbury, NY) and David Kinney (Mexico, NY). Benway, a member of both the cross country and nordic ski teams, became the first runner in over three decades to reach the NCAA National Championships, where he placed 47th overall. He earned the invitation by taking eighth at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals, gaining an at-large selection. He also won the top spots at the USCSA Nationals in the 1.5-kilometer sprint and the 15-kilometer classic. Kinney, a member of the baseball team, had won the Male Athlete of the Year honor the previous two years as well, and has done nothing to change the opinion of the athletic department. Kinney was a National Baseball Writers’ Finalist for Player of the Year in 2011 and was the Liberty League and ECAC Player of the Year last season, giving him Pre-Season All-American notice for 2012. This season he has broken the career marks for home runs, extra-base hits, and total bases and should surpass the mark for doubles and hits this weekend. He is batting an other-worldly .464, the highest batting average for any player with this many plate appearances in a single season.

Winning the Male and Female Rookie of the Year Awards were John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) of the men’s basketball and baseball teams and Adrienne Walker (Centennial, CO) of the volleyball team. Coleman was chosen as Liberty League Rookie of the Year and ECAC Rookie of the Year for his performance on the basketball court, as he ranked third in the country in field goal percentage (64.1%) to shatter the single-season mark for the Knights. He also is Clarkson’s starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for the baseball team, batting .351 with 17 RBIs, which ranks second on the team. Walker was also chosen as the conference’s Liberty League Rookie of the Year and also gained Liberty League Second-Team All-Star notice. She finished the season ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage and was third on the team in kills despite missing nearly a quarter of the season due to injury. She was particularly dominant in Clarkson’s first NCAA match against Nazareth when she had eight kills, four aces, and six blocks to account for a team-best 17 points

The Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards went to JP Phaneuf (Montreal, QUE), a senior from the Clarkson Men’s Alpine Ski team, and Alyssa Dausman (Syracuse, NY), a senior three-sport athlete. Phaneuf has a 3.755 grade-point average in Supply Chain Management and was selected as the USCSA MacConnell Division Skier of the Year, finishing in the top two in seven of the 10 conference races. Dausman, who has a 3.797 grade-point average in Chemical Engineering, is a standout for the women’s soccer, nordic ski, and women’s lacrosse teams. She placed in the top three in all three individual races at the USCSA Nationals. The team GPA award went to the Men’s Cross Country team, which has a cumulative average 3.492.

The Individual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee award, an award that recognizes the accomplishments of a Clarkson S.A.A.C. member for community involvement and sportsmanship, went to senior Emily Garrant (Marcellus, NY), a member of the women’s soccer and nordic ski teams. The Team S.A.A.C. award went to the Clarkson Women’s Lacrosse team for the third straight year.

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