Franklin Springs, GA - The 2nd Annual LEO Athletic Awards took place on Monday to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Emmanuel College Athletics with recognition and awards. The formal event was very successful and was a night to be remembered. Below are the honored athletes:
Kelvin Kirui of Men's Cross Country/Track & Field is a Sophomore from Eldoret, Kenya. Kelvin is a 3-time National Champion and one time runner up in one year. He has shattered school records all year long in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track.
Female Athlete of the Year – Elise Coberly
Elise Coberly of Women's Basketball is a Junior from Comer, GA. Elise averaged a double-double for the season in both points and rebounds with averages of 15.2 points per game and 10.2 rebounds a game. She scored 417 points and pulled down 316 rebounds. She had a record 19 double doubles for the season on her way of being selected as an NCCAA First Team All American for the second year in a row.
Coach of the Year – Jake Brumbelow
Jake Brumbelow is the Head Coach of Men's Wrestling. In their inaugural season, Coach Brumbelow led his team to a National Championship and was honored as the Men's Wrestling Coach of the Year by the NCWA.
Men's Team of the Year – Basketball
Men's Basketball finished their season with an overall record of 27-5. They finished 2nd in the conference in regular season play then went on to compete for the NCCAA National Championship. The Men easily won the Regional Championship then swept through the rest of the competition to take the NCCAA National Championship.
Women's Team of the Year – Bowling
Women's Bowling finished the regular season ranked 13th in the nation, out of 117 teams. They advanced to the USBC Intercollegiate Team National Championships, a field composed of the final 16 from USBC, NCAA (DI, II, and III) and NAIA Women's teams. The EC Women's team competed in 10 regular season tournaments and had 9 top 10 finishes, including three 1st place finishes and two 2nd place. They had two members of the team listed on the All-American Ballets and had four different members earn ten all-tournament team selections during the season. The ladies Bowling team was made up of all juniors and sophomores and has been referred to by USBC as one of the top up and coming programs in Collegiate Bowling.
Biggest Upset of the Year – Women's Volleyball
The Women's Volleyball team defeated Erskine in the final conference game. Erskine has not lost a game the whole season in the conference and was ranked #1 the whole year. The ladies gave them their only conference loss. Erskine went on to win the conference title and compete in NCAA regionals. It was a 5 set game and EC volleyball came out on top.
Record Breaking Team Performance – Men's Wrestling
The men won the National Title in their inaugural season while having 4 first place finishes at Nationals and one runner-up. They had 10 All-Americans as well as having Coach Jake Brumbelow named the Men's Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Record Breaking Male Performance - Camilo Mendoza
Camilo Mendoza of the Men's Swimming team is a Senior from Madellin, Columbia. Camilo has an individual record of 33-1 during the dual meet season. He has broken 9 school records this season and is a 3 time individual conference champion in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 FR. Camilo holds 4 conference records as well as 3 NCAA Div. II national qualifying times. In addition to this, Camilo is an ASC Conference MVP.
Record Breaking Female Performance – Cindy Calixto
Cindy Calixto of Women's Wrestling is a Sophomore from Kingston, NY. Cindy is the first ever women's wrestling All-American. She finished 4th at the WCWA National Tournament. Cindy was an unseeded wrestler at the tournament and went on to beat 5 people in WCWA National tournament that had beat her during the year.
Newcomer of the Year – Evan Milford
Evan Milford of Men's Clay Target Shooting is a Freshman from Hartwell, GA. Evan shot a perfect Skeet score in Jacksonville at the Spring Shoot and won a National Championship in A class Sporting Clays in Texas.
Most Community Service Hours – Men's Lacrosse
The Men's Lacrosse Team was very active in the community, hosting events like Lace up with Lax to donate new shoes to a children's homeless shelter.
Bill White Award - Meshach Mcknight & Samantha Cortese
The Bill White Award is the highest honor on campus. This award recognizes the athlete with all around excellence in athletics, academics, leadership, service, and campus engagement. One male and female athlete were selected.
On behalf of Emmanuel College, congratulations to all athletes and coaches on their performances. Thank you to all the members that helped put this event together, all of those that make Emmanuel Athletics possible, and all the EC fans for your constant support.