As is its postseason custom, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference named its “Champions of Character” recipients Thursday.
Among the award winners were five University of Saint Mary fall student-athletes, who best exemplified the core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Champions of Character Program.
The NAIA Champion of Character program honors students who display five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Following each season, coaches in the KCAC are asked to nominate one student-athlete from their team who best exemplifies those core values.
The winning Spires were:
Men’s soccer — Nick Alford, a senior midfielder from Topeka
Women’s soccer — Claire Beebe, a senior midfielder from Wichita
Volleyball — Amelia Noll, a senior libero from Nortonville
Men’s cross country — Cameron Avilez, a senior from San Diego, Calif.
Women’s cross country — Karoline Banasik, a senior from Elkgrove Village, Ill.
“We stress values at the University of Saint Mary, and we’re proud of our student-athletes who personify those values,” USM athletic director Rob Miller said. “Our students-athletes learn important lessons in sportsmanship and leadership.”