Van Sickle, Ellis Named Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Outstanding Athletes

Krystal Ellis

May 15, 2009

MILWAUKEE - Golfer Mike Van Sickle and women's basketball player Krystal Ellis were named the 2009 Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Outstanding Athletes Friday evening at the Senior Athletics Awards Banquet held at Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union.

Van Sickle, one of the top-ranked amateur players in the world, re-wrote the career record books at Marquette. His 11 collegiate victories are the most in school history and his five wins in 2008-09 lead NCAA Division I. This season, he also led the nation in scoring average (69.67) and birdies (160) -- among other statistical categories -- en route to being voted 2009 BIG EAST Player of the Year. Van Sickle is one of eight Americans named to the U.S. Palmer Cup team (June 3-5 in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), the All-American is also a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award and is one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award.

For his career, Van Sickle is a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and two-time PING All-American. Along with his career victories record at Marquette, he also owns the program's best scoring average (71.65), career rounds of par-or-better (85), tournament finish percentage (85.4) and career rounds played (136). He also has 24 top-five finishes in 47 collegiate events for his career at Marquette while helping the Golden Eagles win their first conference title and the school's first-ever BIG EAST championship in any team sport in 2008.

Arguably the most decorated player in Marquette women's basketball history, Ellis graduates from Marquette as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,940 career points and near the top of many other statistical categories; field goals made (669, 3rd), 3-point field goals made (214, 2nd), 3-point field goals attempted (624, 2nd), free throws made (388, 4th), free throws attempted (476, 5th), assists (390, 6th), steals (240, 3rd), and games played (129, 4th). She is the only player in program history to record over 1,800 points, 350 assists and 200 steals.



Ellis is a two-time First Team All-BIG EAST selection, an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, and the 2008 Women's National Invitation Tournament Most Valuable Player. Ellis helped Marquette to 87 wins, four postseason appearances, including a berth in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the 2008 Women's National Invitation Tournament Championship.

In other awards handed out Friday evening, distance runner Kyle Saginus and jumper Christina Feldmann earned the Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, and track & field and cross country's Andrew Craig and Jessica Kieser of the volleyball team were honored with the Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Leadership and Service Award.

Taking home the Cura Personalis Award, voted by the student-athletes, was Nicholas Van Deraa of track & field. The Cura Personalis Award, presented by the Student Athlete Advisory Council, recognizes the 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.

Ralph H. Metcalfe

Ralph H. Metcalfe was known as the world's fastest human from 1932 through 1934. Was the NCAA champion in the 100- and 200-yard events in 1932-34. He broke or tied every world record from 40 to 220 yards. For five consecutive years (1932-36), he captured the AAU 200-meter title. He also added 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. At one point in his college career, he had equaled or bettered 13 world¹s records. Served as captain of the Marquette 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 meters and help the U.S. win 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 would 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. He was inducted in the M Club Hall of Fame in 1972.


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