PALATINE HILL -- For the second straight year, Summer Garrison was named the Lois Smithwick Female Athlete of the Year after leading the women’s tennis program, the 2015-16 Team of the Year, to a Northwest Conference championship. Senior Kodie Artner won the 110- and 400-meter hurdles at the NWC Championships and competed at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships to earn the Joe Huston Male Athlete of the Year Award.
The winners were announced at the first-ever Excellence in Lewis & Clark’s Year of Sports awards show, the ELCYS, in April. Over 350 student-athletes walked the orange carpet in their best attire at the event that was held in the Pamplin Sports Center on the Lewis & Clark College campus. Winners received circular, glass awards, while over 70 seniors were given framed Lewis & Clark letters to recognize their time competing for the Pios.
“It was a great evening and wonderful opportunity to recognize all of our student-athletes,” said Associate Director of Athletic Development Monica Baker. “I truly enjoyed seeing them walk down the orange carpet and enjoy the year of Pios sports. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.”
Women’s rowing was awarded the first-ever ChamPIOns Team Award, given to the team that displayed exemplary character and sportsmanship in competition, the classroom, on campus and in the community. The team was ranked in the top 15 nationally and defeated Puget Sound for the first time since 2006. Senior Deion Mock earned the ChamPIOns Peer Award, which is a peer-nominated award for an upperclassman who has shown the same characteristics as the team award throughout his or her Lewis & Clark career. Mock graduated in May as Lewis & Clark’s all-time pole vault record holder in addition to being a four-year defensive back for the football team.
Emily Drevdahl of softball and Raed Attia of men’s tennis were chosen for the Rookie of the Year awards, while Carl Appleton and Emily Thompson won the Dan Jones and Mary Hunter Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year awards, respectively.
Drew Groshong of men’s golf qualified for the Dean’s List in both semesters this year and received the Dell Smith Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Kylie Carera, who graduated after the Fall 2015 term, won the Judy McMullen Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Carera was captain and an All-NWC selection in women’s soccer.
After leading the women’s tennis program to their first conference championship since 1979 and the men’s team to their first national ranking, head tennis coach Patrick Dreves won Coach of the Year.
Four student-athletes received Strength and Conditioning All-American awards: Jason Luhnow of men’s basketball, Megan Ratfield of women’s soccer, Thompson and Mock.
2015-16 ELCYS Award Winners
ChamPIOns Peer Award: Deion Mock (Football, Men's Track & Field)
Strength & Condition All-Americans: Jason Luhnow (Men's Basketball), Megan Ratfield (Women's Soccer), Emily Thompson (Women's Soccer, Women's Track & Field), Deion Mock
Female Rookie of the Year: Emily Drevdahl (Softball)
Male Rookie of the Year: Raed Attia (Men's Tennis)
Dan Jones Male Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year: Carl Appleton (Football, Men's Basketball)
Mary Hunter Female Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year: Emily Thompson
Coach of the Year: Patrick Dreves (Tennis)
Judy McMullen Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kylie Carera (Women's Soccer)
Dell Smith Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Drew Groshong (Men's Golf)
Team of the Year: Women's Tennis
ChamPIOns Team Award: Women's Rowing
Joe Huston Male Athlete of the Year: Kodie Artner (Men's Track & Field)
Lois Smithwick Female Athlete of the Year: Summer Garrison (Women's Tennis)