TCU announces yearly awards
April 15, 2008
Receiving the Dutch Meyer Scholar Athlete of the Year award were women's soccer player Angie Nickens and track and field athlete Joe Brown. The Dutch Meyer Scholar Athlete of the Year is named after the former TCU, football coach and athletics director.
The award is given to a graduating senior with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, who has been an integral participant on their team and has demonstrated service to the campus and community.
Nickens closed out her TCU career scoring two goals, including the game-winner at New Mexico. She was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection this season and helped the Horned Frogs to their most overall wins under head coach Dan Abdalla.
Brown recently tossed the javelin 212 feet, 7 inches to finish in third place in section B of the men's javelin at the Texas Relays. He opened the outdoor season crushing the regional qualifying mark in the men's javelin by throwing 215 feet, 9 inches to finish in first place.
Track and Field swept the Pop Boone Athlete of the Year award with both Virgil Hodge and Jonathan Jackson receiving the prestigious honor. This award, named after one of the greatest sports writers of all time, is based upon exceptional athletics performance.
Hodge was recently selected as the Mountain West Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year. She finished the indoor season earning All-America honors at the NCAA Championships by placing seventh in the women's 200 meters. In Fayetteville, she clocked a season-best time of 23.20.
She earned multiple crowns at the MWC Championships, crossing the finish line ahead of the field in both the 60 meter and 200-meter dashes for the second consecutive year, earning herself the 2008 Women's Outstanding Performance award to accompany her two All-Conference efforts.
Jackson is a two-time All-American at TCU. He collected the second All-America honor of his career by leaping 16.32 meters (53 feet, 6 ½ inches) in the men's triple jump to finish third overall at the NCAA Indoor Championships this indoor season.
His leap of 16.32 meters (53 feet, 6 ½ inches) broke his own school record. He also won the triple jump at the Mountain West Conference Championships in March.
His leap at the MWC Championships ranks as the third-best triple jump mark in MWC men's championship history.
The Hal Jay Community Spirit Athlete Award, which is presented annually to a TCU student-athlete or team who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the field of community service, was awarded to the 2008 baseball program.
TCU football standout Brian Bonner was honored on Monday as the William Koehler Academic Achievement Award recipient. Bonner was selected because he displayed tremendous perseverance and accomplishment, while overcoming obstacles of a unique nature. He recently received his degree in December of 2007.
Finally, Brown picked up his second honor of the evening as he was named the 2008 Chancellor's Award recipient. This award is presented to a student-athlete who displays exceptional talent in multiple areas.
Also earning recognition on Monday were the following individuals:
Most Valuable Players