– Twenty-four nominees for the 2016-17 Ken B. Jones Awards have been announced by the league today. Finalists for the awards will be revealed Friday, May 26th.
The award, which is in its 22nd year, is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA’s first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997 and passed away in May 2004. He was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in the inaugural Class of 2010.
The 24 nominees will be paired down to three male and three female finalists that will be invited to Kansas city for the MIAA Awards Ceremony which will be held June 5 at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch. At the event one male and one female will be announced as the winners of the Ken B. Jones Award.
A 15-member panel of athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors – including a representative from each member institution – select the finalists.
Each nominee is judged in four areas: 2016-17 athletic accomplishments; career academic accomplishments; 2016-17 campus/community service; and career athletic and service achievements.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average as of February 1, and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2016-17 academic year
Here are the 2016-17 nominees:
Alex Springer, Central Missouri (Golf)
Jarrett Statsney, Emporia State (Football)
Jon Inman, Fort Hays State (Wrestling)
Sedeekie Edie, Lincoln (Track and Field)
Ryan Dyck, Lindenwood (Golf)
Tyler Sutherland, Missouri Southern (Baseball)
David Gaunt, Missouri Western (Baseball)
Tyke Kozeal, Nebraska-Kearney (Football)
Kyle Zimmerman, Northwest Missouri (Football)
Deron Washington, Pittsburg State (Football)
Cody Heiman, Washburn (Football)
Brittany Kallenberger, Central Missouri (Track and Field)
Tori Collett, Central Oklahoma (Softball)
Kathryn Flott, Emporia State (Basketball)
Crystal Whitten, Fort Hays State (Volleyball)
Kendra Smith, Lindenwood (Track and Field)
Abi Corbett, Missouri Southern (Softball)
Morgan Rathmann, Missouri Western (Softball)
Annie Wolfe, Nebraska-Kearney (Volleyball)
Baylee Price, Northeastern State (Golf)
Torri Blythe, Northwest Missouri (Softball)
Emilyn Dearman, Pittsburg State (Track and Field)
Natalie O’ Keefe, Southwest Baptist (Track and Field)
Sarah Vicory, Washburn (Volleyball)