Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Award Winners Honored Sunday
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April 29, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards winners Sunday morning at its senior awards brunch at the Alumni Memorial Union.
The women's volleyball team led the way with three award winners, while three distance runners from the cross country and track and field squads also earned recognition.
Junior Cadougan was given the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award after leading the men's basketball team to 97 wins in his career, the fourth-highest total in program history. The Toronto, Ontario native led the Golden Eagles to four NCAA Championship appearances, including three consecutive trips to the Sweet 16 and a spot in the Elite Eight in 2013. Cadougan ended his career eighth in Marquette history in assists with 435 and earned the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Women's soccer player Ally Miller earned the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award after wrapping up an accolade-laden playing career in Blue & Gold. Miller helped the Golden Eagles to four NCAA Championship appearances, including a pair of trips to the Sweet 16. The Mequon, Wis., native was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, the league's defensive player of the year and helped MU to its first BIG EAST tournament title in 2012. Miller also earned All-America honors for her play on the field and success in the classroom during her final season.
Distance runner Connor Callahan and women's volleyball player Kelsey Mattai were each honored for their success in the classroom with MU's Outstanding Senior Scholar Awards. Callahan will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences on a pre-medicine track and has been accepted at the Medical College of Wisconsin to pursue a medical degree. Mattai is an advertising major with a 3.9 grade point average.
The leadership and service awards were earned by A.J. Gedwill and Christina Sliepka of the cross country and track and field teams. Both have had a profound impact on the Marquette community and greater Milwaukee area through volunteer work and service to others. Gedwill and Sliepka each has also spent time completing service work in Central America during their careers at Marquette.
Danielle Carlson of women's volleyball earned the Cura Personalis Award from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, while teammate Holly Mertens, and fellow December 2012 graduate, Holly Mertens was given the Dr. Charles R. Eichenberger Inspirational Award.
Carlson led the women's volleyball team to its first two NCAA Championship appearances in program history, while becoming the first two-time AVCA All-American at Marquette and the team's first Academic All-American since 1996.
Mertens' award honors her fight through injuries during her career at MU on the way to AVCA All-America recognition as a senior.
Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award - Junior Cadougan
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.