Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards Presented at Senior Banquet
May 20, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards winners Friday evening at its annual senior awards banquet.
Men's basketball player Jimmy Butler won the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award, while women's basketball player Angel Robinson was named the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete.
Butler helped Marquette to its first trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament since 2003 and ended his three-year career 28th in Marquette history with 1,277 points. The Tomball, Texas native was second in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, respectively. The All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection is the 19th player in program history to notch over 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Robinson led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Championship Second Round and became only the second player in women's basketball program history to be selected in the WNBA Draft. The four-year starter was taken in the second round (22nd overall) by the New York Liberty before her rights were traded to her hometown Minnesota Lynx.
The St. Paul, Minn., native played in a Marquette record 134 games in her career and is the first player in history to amass over 1,500 points, 500 assists and 250 steals. Robinson scored 19 points in both of MU's NCAA tournament games against Texas and Tennessee and averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 assists per game this season.
In other awards handed out Friday evening, men's cross country and track and field athlete Brice Cleland and women's soccer player Rosie Malone-Povolny earned the Outstanding Senior Male and Female Scholar Awards. Cleland graduates as a triple major in exercise science, psychology and theology, while Malone-Povolny was a double major in middle/secondary education and writing-intensive English.
The recipients of the Outstanding Male and Female Leadership and Service Awards were men's soccer player Matt Stummer and women's cross country and track and field athlete Kristin Pelzel.
Men's thrower and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Joseph Kohut of the track and field team took home the Cura Personalis Award, recognizing the student-athlete whose attitude throughout their athletics career exemplifies the Jesuit spirit of Cura Personalis and demonstrates a commitment to the athletics program's mission of excellence in academics, athletics and leadership through service to others.
The Dr. Charles R. Eichenberger Inspirational Award was given to women's basketball player Jocelyn Mellen and men's soccer player Scott Miller after both dealt with career-ending injuries during their time at Marquette. The award goes to a student-athlete who has had to endure injury that affects their athletic career, but has kept a positive attitude and supported their teammates. The award has previously been give out three times with women's soccer player Alison Loughrin as the last winner in 2007.
Also given out were the 2010-11 BIG EAST Institutional Sport Awards, honoring achievement in academics and athletics, earned by Cleland for men's cross country and women's volleyball player Nikki Klingsporn. Klingsporn earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention during the 2010 season in which she was fourth in the NCAA with 12.10 assists per set.
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.
2010 Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Awards
Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award - Jimmy Butler
Outstanding Senior Male Scholar Award - Brice Cleland
Outstanding Senior Male Leadership & Service Award - Matt Stummer
Cura Personalis Award (SAAC) - Joseph Kohut
Dr. Charles R. Eichenberger Inspirational Award - Jocelyn Mellen