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RCCA to Honor Top Male and Female Athlete of the Year


Press Release University of Kansas:

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Rock Chalk Choice Awards officials can look atSunday's 2013 Male and Female Athlete of the Year Honors in two ways –impossible to choose wrong or impossible to choose from. This year's nomineelist includes another batch of student-athletes who broke school, conferenceand season records, who claimed conference and national championships, and whowere selected to continue competing by their sport's highest professionalleagues.

Seven male student-athletes – KyleClemons (track and field), ChrisGilbert (golf), BenMcLemore (men's basketball), JordanPiche' (baseball), JamesSims (football), MichaelStigler (track and field) and JeffWithey (men's basketball) – and six female student-athletes – NataliaBartnovskaya (track and field), AndreaGeubelle (track and field), AngelGoodrich (women's basketball), MaggieHull (softball), CarolineJarmoc (volleyball) and LindsayVollmer (track and field) – are nominated for Kansas Athletics'Athlete of the Year and among those set to be honored at the second Annual RockChalk Choice Awards inside the Lied Center.

In addition to the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Kansas student-athletesand teams have been nominated by coaches and their peers for the JayhawkerAward, Best Jayhawk in a Supporting Role, The Crimson Climb Award, True BlueAward and the Rock Chalk Moment Award. Special student-athlete academicachievements will be recognized throughout the evening at the AcademyAwards-like celebration. Due to space limitations at the Lied Center the eventis by invitation only and limited to athletic department staff,student-athletes, KU faculty and selected dignitaries.

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees
KyleClemons (Rowlett, Texas)

Clemons ran a school-record 45.10 to claim the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor title in the400 meters and was a member of KU's Big 12 Championship 1600-meter relay team.For the third-straight season Clemons was an All-America Second Team honoree inthe 400 meters, taking 13th-place in the event at the NCAA Championships.Clemons was also a member of the 4×400-meter relay team that finished ninth inEugene.

ChrisGilbert (Simi Valley, Calif.)
Gilbert birdied his final collegiate hole and posted a top-10 finish at theNCAA Fayetteville Regional, narrowly missing qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Men'sGolf Championship. Gilbert closed his season with a 72.02 scoring average, thethird-best by a Kansas golfer since the current records started in themid-1980s, and finished tied for the lead in two events – the first twotournament wins of his collegiate career. Gilbert posted six top-10 finishesduring the 2012-13 campaign and logged seven rounds in the 60s.

BenMcLemore (St. Louis, Mo.)
The second guard selected in the 2013 NBA draft class, McLemore was a ConsensusAll-America Second Team selection and an All-Big 12 First Team honoree. He ledKansas in scoring in 2012-13 with 15.9 points per game, good for third in theBig 12. McLemore led the Big 12 with an 87.0 free throw percentage and alsoranked among the league leaders in field-goal percentage (49.5, 8th),three-point field goal percentage (42.0, 2nd), three-point field goals made(2.0, 6th) and rebounds (5.2, 20th). Additionally, McLemore's 15.9 points pergame broke the KU freshman record of 14.6 ppg posted by Jayhawk legend DannyManning in 1985.

JordanPiche' (Greeley, Colo.)
Piche' finished his first Big 12 baseball season with a 3-3 record and fivesaves against conference foes en route to Newcomer of the Year honors. He isjust the second Jayhawk to claim the award. The right-handed relief pitcherposted a 2.20 ERA, 10th-best in conference games, and allowed eight runs andfive walks in 32.2 innings of work. Piche' was the recipient of three Big 12Newcomer of the Week honors last season, becoming the first player to earn morethan two in a single season since the award began in 2011. Piche' was anAll-Big 12 First Team selection. Overall last season, Piche' was 6-2 with a1.68 ERA in 32 appearances and saved 12 games for KU.

JamesSims (Irving, Texas)
Sims became just the 11th player in Kansas history to rush for over 1,000 yardsin a season as he turned in 1,013 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns in2012 despite missing the first three games of the season. He set a KU record byrecording 100 or more yards in six consecutive games. Sims, who led the Big 12in rushing and ranked 18th in the NCAA in 2012, recorded a career-long rush of64 yards (vs. Texas), a career-long reception of 51 yards (vs. Oklahoma) and acareer-long TD run of 59 yards (vs. Baylor). Additionally, he logged hiscareer-best rushing game with 176 yards vs. Texas. He finished his juniorcampaign ranked eighth on the Kansas all-time rushing chart with 2,482 yards.

MichaelStigler (Canyon, Texas)
Stigler collected a host of individual accolades in 2012-13 running to a schoolrecord and Big 12 title in the 400-meter hurdles, however it was his work onthe men's 4x400-meter relay team that made an even larger impact. As thequartet's most consistent leg, Stigler helped guide the group to the Big 12Outdoor title as well as All-America second team honors at the NCAAChampionships.

JeffWithey (San Diego, Calif.)
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Co-Defensive Player ofthe Year, Withey broke his own Kansas and Big 12 single-season record blockedshots record with 146 blocks in 2012-13. Last season Withey blocked 140 shotsto set the school and league mark. The 2012 and 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player ofthe Year, Withey is also the KU and Big 12 career blocked shots leader endinghis career with 312 all-time blocks. He was selected in the second round of the2013 NBA Draft, joining McLemore as the 73rd 74th players in KU history to bedrafted. More than merely a defensive threat, Withey led Kansas in reboundingat 8.5 boards per game to complement his 13.7 scoring average. The 7-footer wasnamed the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Big 12 Championship.

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees
NataliaBartnovskaya (Krasnoyarsk, Russia)

A two-time junior college pole vault champion, Bartnovskaya didn't take long toadjust to competition in her first season as a Jayhawk. Bartnovskaya set a newKansas record in the pole vault, claimed an NCAA Indoor title, was runner-up atthe Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship and placed second at the NCAAOutdoor meet – contributing needed points to KU's first ever women's team NCAAtitle.

AndreaGeubelle (University Place, Wash.)
Geubelle had a senior year for the record books, claiming two individual NCAAChampionships and helping lead the women's track and field team to its firstever NCAA team title in June. Geubelle qualified for the NCAA Championships inboth the long jump and triple jump for the fourth straight season and repeatedas Big 12 champion in the outdoor triple jump. Early in the year, Geubellebecame the first female since 2003 to win both the indoor long jump and triplejump NCAA titles. She owns KU's long jump and triple jump records.

AngelGoodrich (Tahlequah, Okla.)
The all-time assist leader in Kansas women's basketball history, Goodrichbecame the sixth player to be chosen in the WNBA Draft. Goodrich finished hercareer with 1,262 points and 771 assists, the third-highest total in Big 12Conference history. During the 2012-13 season, she was a finalist for theNaismith Award, Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Nancy Lieberman Award and USBWA AnnMeyers Drysdale Award, earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and was a member ofthe WBCA All-Region 5 Team.

MaggieHull (Lawrence, Kan.)
It's nearly impossible to summarize Hull's story as the Lawrence, Kan., nativestarted all 210 games of her career and graduated as one of the most iconicplayers in Jayhawk softball history. A two-time Academic All-American, Hullfinally grasped the one dream she had yet to accomplish at Kansas last May whenshe was named the 11th All-American in program history. She tops the KU recordbooks in nearly every category, with the highlights including career battingaverage record as well as her astounding .456 batting average her senior seasonthat shattered the Jayhawks' previous record and ranks third all-time in Big 12history.

CarolineJarmoc (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Jarmoc became the first American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American inKansas volleyball history after earning Second Team honors. She continued herstreak of matches started dating back to her freshman debut, a total of105-consecutive starts entering 2013. She broke KU's single-season attackpercentage record (.386) and finished the season with 424 kills and 157 blocks,making her the only Jayhawk to surpass 400 kills and 150 blocks in the sameseason. Her efforts helped Kansas advance to the NCAA Tournament, where theteam won its first round match-up in Allen Fieldhouse.

LindsayVollmer (Hamilton, Mo.)
Vollmer logged personal bests in six of the seven events and scored 6,086points – 442 points better than her previous top total – to claim the NCAAOutdoor heptathlon title. Vollmer's points helped Kansas secure its first everwomen's team NCAA title. Vollmer had previously won a Big 12 OutdoorChampionship in the heptathlon.

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