Marquette Honors Seniors at Annual Banquet

Peter Bolgert of the men's cross country and track and field teams earned the Outstanding Senior Male Scholar Award

April 17, 2012

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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards winners Monday evening at its annual senior awards banquet with women’s soccer player Natalie Kulla garnering a pair of awards. 

Kulla was given the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award as well as the Cura Personalis Award, honoring her work as chair of Marquette’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Kulla completed her career in 2011 as one of the top goalkeepers in BIG EAST history. She is a two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and the holder of Marquette's single-season (16) and career (43) shutout records. She finished her career with a program-record 0.74 goals-against average and ranks second on the school's career wins (58) and minutes (7835:04) charts.

The St. Louis native helped the Golden Eagles to three consecutive BIG EAST American Division titles and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including a berth in the Sweet 16 in 2010.

Aside from her academic and athletic accomplishments, Kulla also was active with a number of community service efforts. She has performed volunteer work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Milwaukee and helps fundraising efforts on behalf of the Children's Medical Research Foundation Cure for Kirby.

Receiving the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award was men’s soccer player Calum Mallace, who became the first Marquette student-athlete to be drafted by Major League Soccer as a second round pick of the Montreal Impact in January. Mallace was named the 2011 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year as he helped the men’s soccer program to its first-ever BIG EAST Blue Division championship. The Torphichen, Scotland native graduated in three-and-a-half years with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and electronic communication.

Earning the outstanding male and female scholar awards were 2011 Capital One Academic All-America First Team honorees Peter Bolgert and Olivia Johnson, of the men’s and women’s track and field teams.

Bolgert, a mathematics and physics double major with a 3.99 grade point average, also earned second team Academic All-America honors in 2010 and is ranked second in program history in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bolgert will begin pursuit of his PhD in Physics at Princeton University in the fall.

Johnson graduated last May with a 4.0 GPA in accounting and is currently pursuing her masters of business administration at MU. A 2010 NCAA West Preliminary Round participant, she will begin work on a PhD in accounting at the University of Iowa following her graduation from Marquette.

Fellow track and field student-athlete Patrick Keeley, who serves as Marquette’s SAAC president, earned the Outstanding Senior Male Leadership & Service Award, while volleyball’s Ciara Jones is the female recipient.

Keeley, a native of St. Charles, Mo., is in his fourth year with SAAC and is a tutor in the Al McGuire Center’s Academic Center. A four-year BIG EAST All-Academic honoree, Keeley is an inaugural member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society as a senior in the college of business’ Applied Investment Management Program.

Jones, a team captain and the SAAC representative for women’s volleyball, has assisted with various service projects and initiatives throughout her career and is greatly admired across campus. In addition to helping the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA Championship appearance in 2011, Jones has interned with the Marquette Athletics media relations and marketing departments and represented athletics with the University’s Board of Trustees. 

Outstanding Senior Male Leadership & Service Award – Patrick Keeley
Outstanding Senior Female Leadership & Service Award – Ciara Jones
Outstanding Senior Male Scholar Award – Peter Bolgert
Outstanding Senior Female Scholar Award – Olivia Johnson
Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award – Calum Mallace
Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award – Natalie Kulla
Cura Personalis Award (SAAC) – Natalie Kulla

Ralph H. Metcalfe

Ralph H. Metcalfe was known as the world's fastest human from 1932-34. Metcalfe was the NCAA champion in the 100- and 200-yard events in 1932-34 and he broke or tied every world record from 40-220 yards. For five consecutive years (1932-36), he captured the AAU 200-meter title, the Central Collegiate Conference 100- and 220-yard crowns and the Drake Relays 100-yard honors in each of his three varsity seasons at Marquette. 

Metcalfe served as senior class president and was the captain of the MU track team in 1934. He placed second in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters in the 1932 Olympics, and came back in the 1936 Olympics to finish second in the 100 and help the U.S. win gold in the 400-meter relay.

After his college career, he joined the armed forces and served in World War II. After he got out of the army, he went go on to a life of public service and was a congressman for the state of Illinois.

He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and an inaugural member of the M Club Hall of Fame in 1972.


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