STAUNTON, Va. -- The Mary Baldwin University Department of Athletics hosted its annual awards banquet on April 30, in Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, honoring student-athletes for their performances on and off the playing field.
Sports Information Director Ryan Legarsky kicked off the annual event with welcome for the students, coaches and administrators in attendance.
After dinner, Azure Davey, interim director of athletics, delivered the night's keynote speech. Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Chair and member of the softball team Alli Bascunan followed with a SAAC year-in-review and look ahead to the future of the organization. Incoming SAAC Chair Jordan Miller, Bascunan's teammate, also took to the podium to share what she learned in Orlando at the NCAA meetings.
Each coach presented three awards to his or her team – athlete of the year, newcomer of the year and a coaches' award of choice.
Five student-athletes earning at least a 3.5 GPA in at least three semesters were honored as MBU Scholar-Athletes: Bascunan (softball), Michaela Beverly (volleyball), Jaquelin Rosas, (cross country/track and field) Colette Levens (cross country), and Elyse Levens (cross country). Rosas also earned MBU's Mary Jane Donnalley Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA.
MBU athletic staff bestowed the final awards of the night to Leah Calhoun for Female Newcomer of the Year, to Gregory Woodard for Male Newcomer of the Year and to Rosas for Female Athlete of the Year.