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MSSU's Heckemeyer Named Ken B. Jones Finalist

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RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

Kansas City, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior track and field student-athlete Allie Heckemeyer has been named a finalist for the MIAA's Ken B. Jones Award, the league announced today. 

The award goes annually to the league's top male and female student-athlete. Finalists were selected from a field of 12 male nominations and 11 female nominations at various MIAA member schools. A committee of 15 administrators in the MIAA and conference office ranked each nominee to determine the finalist.
 
The winner of the Ken B. Jones Award will be announced at the 2017-18 MIAA Awards Celebrations presented by Husch Blackwell on Monday, June 4 at the Truman Forum Auditorium in the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch.

Heckemeyer was this year's E.O. and Virginia Humphrey Award winner as the top student-athlete at MSSU. She was a Glen Dolence Award Winner, given for leadership by Missouri Southern. She is also a two-time NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, which goes to the top GPA in the gender at the NCAA Championships site. Heckemeyer is the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor triple jump, as well as the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon and was All-MIAA this year in four different events. She was the MIAA Champion in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. 

She has qualified for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both the heptathlon and triple jump. Heckemeyer ranks 5th in the heptathlon this year, while ranking 7th in the triple jump. 

She is a team captain, a member of Cathlolics on Campus, Delta Kappa and Alpha Chi honor society and K-club and earned a 4.00 GPA in kiniesiology, graduating Suma Cum Laude last weekend. 

Female Finalist
Taylor Bevis – Junior, Central Oklahoma, Volleyball
Mikaela Burgess – Senior, Pittsburg State, Basketball
Diana Cauldwell – Junior, Lincoln University, Track & Field
Allie Heckemeyer – Senior, Missouri Southern, Track & Field
Abby Rhodes – Senior, Central Missouri, Soccer
 
Male Finalist
Brad Currier – Junior, Lindenwood, Golf
Sedeekie Edie – Senior, Lincoln University, Track & Field
Bo Farrow – Senior, Pittsburg State, Football/Track & Field
Doyin Jibowu – Junior, Fort Hays State, Football
Brady Skeens – Senior, Washburn, Basketball

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