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Cekada, Carroll are Clyde Lamb honorees

Seniors honored for overall excellence

May 1, 2012

Seniors Pat Carroll (at left) and Annie Cekada are Wilmington College's 2012 Clyde Lamb Award winners.

Seniors Pat Carroll (at left) and Annie Cekada are Wilmington College's 2012 Clyde Lamb Award winners.

Seniors Annie Cekada and Pat Carroll have been chosen Wilmington College’s 2012 Clyde A. Lamb Award winners.

Each of the Ohio Athletic Conference’s 10 institutions selects a male and female Clyde Lamb winner. The Clyde Lamb Award is named in honor of the man who organized the Department of Health and Physical Education at Ohio Northern in 1929. He served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64.

Criteria for the award include at least two years participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that brought credit to the student-athlete and his/her institution.

The 20 Clyde Lamb Award winners will be honored at the 27th annual OAC Awards Banquet May 14 at the Holiday Inn-Worthington.

“This award epitomizes what Division III student-athletics is all about,” said Terry Rupert, Wilmington College’s director of athletics/vice president for athletics administration. “Annie and Pat have excelled as students, athletes and community members and leaders. We are proud to have shared the last four years with them.”

Cekada (Mineral Point, Pa./Central Cambria) is the most decorated distance runner in team history. On the cross country course, she is a three-time First Team All-OAC performer and three-time All-Great Lakes Region runner. A two-time NCAA Championship qualifier, she holds the Wilmington 5K and 6K records and has been named OAC Runner of the Week five times. On the track, she owns the Wilmington indoor 5,000-meter and is a member of the record-holding WC distance medley relay. She also is the outdoor 5,000- and 10,000-meter record holder. She is a two-time indoor All-OAC performer and was All-OAC at the conference’s 2011 outdoor championship.

In the classroom, Cekada maintains a 3.89 GPA as an agriculture major with a concentration in animal science. A three-time All-Academic honoree of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, she also is an Academic All-OAC honoree. She is a member of the WC Dean’s List, Green Key Society, and Honors Program and was the Agriculture Department’s Senior Award winner.
Cekada’s civic resume includes volunteer services for Special Olympics and Relay for Life. She served as treasurer for the WC Aggies Club and is a 4-H member and volunteer.

Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) also has etched his name in the Wilmington College distance running record book. He was a Second Team All-OAC runner at the 2010 conference cross country championship and finished third overall at the 2011 meet to earn First Team honors. In 2011, he broke the Wilmington College cross country record that had stood for more than a decade. A two-time OAC Runner of the Week in 2011, he capped his senior cross country season with an All-Great Lakes Region performance. On the track, he owns the team indoor 3,000- and 5,000- meter records and is a member of the record-holding WC distance medley relay team. An Indoor All-OAC performer, Carroll owns the three fastest indoor 5,000-meter times in team history and anchored four of the top five distance medley relays in school history. In 2012, he was All-OAC in the outdoor 10,000- and 5,000-meter runs.

In the classroom, Carroll maintains a 3.75 GPA as a political science major with a concentration in international studies. He was an All-Academic honoree of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and is hoping for his third Academic All-OAC designation this spring. He has been a member of the WC Dean’s List every semester of his collegiate experience and was a member of Green Key Society and Honors Program.
The April 2012 OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month, Carroll has given both to his campus community and the world beyond. In the summer of 2011, he studied in Honduras for four weeks before serving as a volunteer for the community development organization Pisco Sin Fronteras in Peru.