Wednesday, December 22, 2010
MONMOUTH -- Five Western Oregon athletes have been honored as the Marquis Spas Athlete of the Year in their respective Fall sports.
Chris Reed and Erika Snawder have been named as the representatives from the men's and women's cross country teams, which competed in the 2010 NCAA championships. Joining them as Marquis Spas Athletes of the Year were Caleb Singleton (football), Marina Austin (women's soccer) and Danielle Reese (volleyball).
"I would like to thank John Schrenk, Maddie Blunck and all the wonderful people at Marquis Spas for continuing their support of Western Oregon Athletics," said Western athletic director Daniel Hare. "Chris, Erika, Caleb, Marina and Danielle each had tremendous seasons. Thanks to Marquis Spas, we can properly honor them for their accomplishments."
Reed was Western's only All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference and All-Region performer this season. He ran in all six races this season and finished in the top 25 in each prior to Nationals.
Snawder paced the Western women's cross country team in four of the five races she ran this season. She placed 13th at the GNAC Championships to help the Wolves take third place in conference.
Singleton was an AFCA all-American election as a safety. He was also the GNAC co-defensive player of the year and a first team Daktronics all-super region 4 pick. He ranked sixth in the GNAC with 89 tackles and second with six interceptions.
Austin earned second team All-GNAC honors in her sophomore season after leading the Western Oregon soccer team with three assists and five goals. She also ranked fifth in the GNAC with 3.06 shots per game. Four of her five goals came in conference play, including the game-winner against Central Washington.
Reese, an outsider hitter, earned second-team All-GNAC honors. She led the Wolves and ranked ninth in the GNAC with 2.82 kills per set. She had double-figure kills in 13 of 23 matches, including eight straight. She also posted eight double-doubles on the season.