Nine Given Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards on Sunday
May 5, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Nine Marquette University student-athletes were honored on Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center with Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards.
The men's soccer team led the way with three award winners, while two women's volleyball players were also honored.
Bryan Ciesiulka captured the Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award after a career which included a pair of BIG EAST Conference regular season championships and two appearances in the NCAA tournament. The Naperville, Ill., native ended his tenure with the Golden Eagles in the fall of 2013 with 35 points on nine goals and 17 assists. The 2013 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year was selected by his hometown Chicago Fire in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
Elizabeth Koberstein was given the Outstanding Female Senior Athlete Award after leading the women's volleyball team to its first BIG EAST regular season and tournament championships in program history in 2013. She earned AVCA All-America Third Team honors as a senior, as well as CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Second Team honors and ended the season third in NCAA Division I with 12.18 assists per set.
The native of Madison, Wis., helped the Golden Eagles to the last two of their three-straight NCAA Championship appearances and was the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year.
Rachel Stier, president of Marquette's chapter of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was presented the Outstanding Senior Female Leadership & Service Award, while Cullen Cassidy earned the men's honor. Cassidy, a member of the men's lacrosse program's first senior class, is the first MU men's lacrosse player to earn a senior award.
Pothast was named Capital One Academic All-District 6 for the second time in his career in 2013 and is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society as a marketing major. Kemmerer is a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic team member and also a Chi Alpha Sigma member.
Kate Reigle, a member of the women's soccer team was honored with the Magis Academic Achievement Award, a special recognition for graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a biomedical science major.
SAAC vice president John Mau was given the Cura Personalis Award for role with the organization and men's basketball sixth-year senior Chris Otule was presented the Dr. Charles R. Eichenberger Inspirational Award for his perseverance through various injuries throughout his career in Blue and Gold.
Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award - Bryan Ciesiulka, men's soccer
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.