Devils’ Hebert selected as Jostens Award finalist

SALEM, Va. – Fredonia State senior women’s basketball player Becky Hebert was named Tuesday as a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, given by members of the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The club is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists.

The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

The all-time leading scorer in Fredonia State women’s basketball history, Hebert was nominated by her school based on her play on the floor, her excellence in the classroom (she has already been named as a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American), and her community service, which includes coaching a summer youth team in her hometown as well as taking part in an after-school clinics at a local elementary school.

The Salem Rotary Club Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible.

Voters’ ballots are due by March 13 with the winning schools expected to be notified by March 14. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the NCAA Division III men’s basketball semifinals and championship in Salem, Va., on March 21-22.

The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded NCAA Division III student-athlete. This year’s class marks the 17th year the award has been presented.

Last year, Carissa Verkaik of Calvin College and Colton Hunt from Randolph College took home the trophies.

Indoor Track & Field

Several Devils look to rebound at ECAC meet

Fredonia State track and field coach Tom Wilson said on his team’s blog that the Blue Devils look to rebound this weekend at the ECAC Division III Track & Field championship meet in Boston, Mass.

A total of 24 men and women have qualified for the ECAC meet, which will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center. Competition begins Friday and runs all day Saturday.

“It should be a very exciting meet to be a part of,” Wilson wrote on the blog.

Here’s what else he had to say:

“On the women’s side, Anna Dambacher will be looking to solidify her spot in the top 17 in the country. This will give her the opportunity to compete next week at the NCAA Indoor Championships held in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dambacher hit a time of 25.43 last week at the SUNYAC Championships, which would have converted down to a 25.04, good for fifth in the nation, but she was DQ’ed for a lane violation while rounding turns three and four. If anyone can rebound and use it for motivation, it’s Anna. She is ready to punch her ticket to Nebraska.

“Kim Foltz will be looking to take down her own school record in the 800 meters and make a strong push for an NCAA mark. She set the school record back in January of this year, running 2:18. She has put off the 800 meters to focus on the mile and now is ready to turn over fast in the 800 meters at ECACs. Kim can do anything she sets her mind to. She told me she wants to race the 800 meters this weekend because she is more confident in that race, so that’s what she is going to do.

“In the field events, Emily Cummiskey will look to finish her successful indoor career on a high note and jump a personal-best mark. She is currently ninth all time for the Blue Devils in the long jump 5.28 meters/17 ‘4”. Kayleigh Wasielewski will be looking to better her best indoor performance in the high jump of 5’ 3″, she is currently tied for third on the all time Top 10 list.

“On the men’s side, Eric Williams will be looking to punch his ticket to Nebraska in the 60-meter hurdles. He is currently second on the all-time Top 10 list. Williams finished 13th at the outdoor NCAA Championships in the 110 high hurdles. He also has the 200 meter indoor record of 22.42 and will be looking to improve on that this weekend. Zakk Hess and Chris Shartrand will look to continue their strong racing together in the 5k on Friday night. Both will be looking to break the 15-minute barrier for the first time.

“Jonmichael Knapp will be working for a spot on the all-time list, he will need to break 50.82 in the 400 meters. A pair of freshman will make up the middle distance crew, Pat Shenal will look to better his time of 1:57 in the 800 meters, while Bobby Cooper will give the mile one last shot to break the 4:20 barrier. The Blue Devils will run a 4x400m relay team of Russell Catalano, Doug Imperi, Jeremy Kozlowski and Knapp to try and better their season best time of 4:27.

“In the field events, Hsin Chin is ready to continue to very strong finish to the indoor season in the weight throw. Coming off another personal-best throw at the SUNYAC Championships, Chin will look to move up on the all time list, he is currently 10th. Alex Brennan is making his first showing to the ECAC meet. He will look to wrap up his indoor career with some huge marks in the long jump.

“The ECAC meet is always a great meet. The pressure is off and our athletes can really go for it! This meet has produced more school records and personal bests then any other meet we attend. This should be a great weekend for the Blue Devils.”