A total of 13 winners are announced at sixth annual event at EWU’s Showalter Auditorium
Record-breaking track and field standout Steven Warner was awarded the first-ever Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo Award for Leadership and Excellence at the sixth-annual “EeeWoos” Awards Show Wednesday (May 28) at EWU’s Showalter Auditorium.
The new award was created in honor of EWU’s outgoing president, who is concluding his eighth year at Eastern. Warner is a senior hurdler from Kent, Wash., and 2009 graduate of Kentridge High School.
All-America quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. and Big Sky Conference Champion pole vaulter Keisa Monterola took home the biggest prizes and were honored as the school’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Eastern’s football team, which advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs and finished the Big Sky schedule a perfect 8-0, was the Team of the Year.
Volleyball player Ashley Wright and football player Ashton Miller were honored as the school’s Female and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively. Women’s basketball player Aubrey Ashenfelter and football player T.J. Lee III took home the Career Achievement Award.
Men’s basketball player Drew Brandon and distance runner Catie Arrigoni won honors as Newcomer of the Year, and football player Cooper Kupp and pole vaulter Courtney Bray won awards as Freshman of the Year.
Distance runner Angelica Rodriguez won the SAAC Triple-Threat Citizen award for as a result of her athletic accomplishments, academic achievement and her service to the community.
Listed below is a list of award winners from the “EeeWoos.” Nominations and voting for the “EeeWoos” was conducted by EWU Athletic Department coaches and staff.
2013-14 EeeWoos Winners
Football . . . For the third time in the last four seasons, the Eagles advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. Eastern had its first-ever perfect 8-0 Big Sky Conference finish en route to setting 49 school records, 23 Big Sky marks and 12 FCS records.
Vernon Adams (Football) . . . The All-America quarterback and Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year set school and Big Sky Conference records for passing efficiency after completing 66 percent of his passes for 4,994 yards and 55 touchdowns. He is now 20-4 as a starter at Eastern, including a 12-3 record in the 2013 campaign in which he finished as the runner-up for the prestigious Walter Payton Award.
Keisa Monterola (Track & Field) . . . Competing in her last meet as an Eagle, Monterola won the pole vault title at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships. Her clearance of 13-5 3/4 helped her win her fourth league title in five championship appearances.
Ashton Miller (Football) – Business Administration . . . An All-America center for the Eagles, Miller was selected to the FCS Athletic Directors Association All-Star team. He also earned his second Big Sky All-Academic honor in 2013, and started 30 of the 33 games he played in his career.
Ashley Wright (Volleyball) - Business Administration . . . Wright was a four-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team after playing in 116 matches and 391 sets in her career. She recorded 499 kills, 247 assists, 385 digs and 185 blocks in her career while playing nearly every position on the court for EWU.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR/MALE
Drew Brandon (Basketball) . . . Brandon led the Big Sky Conference in assists with an average of 5.1 per game after transferring from Sierra College in California. He also averaged 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to receive third team All-Big Sky honors from College Sports Madness.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR/FEMALE
Catie Arrigoni (Track & Field/Country) . . . The Everett Community College transfer won the steeplechase at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships, and also was second in the 5,000. She began her Eastern career by placing 51st (fifth among EWU runners) at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships, then placed seventh in the 5,000 at the league’s indoor track and field meet. Outdoors, she already ranks in the top eight in three events all-time at EWU, including second in the steeplechase behind teammate Katie Mahoney.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR/MALE
Cooper Kupp (Football) . . . Kupp was the recipient of the Jerry Rice Award given to the top freshman in FCS, and also was a unanimous first team All-America selection. He caught 93 passes for 1,691 yards and a FCS record 21 touchdowns, and his 14-straight games with a TD reception were also among his total of six FCS records.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR/FEMALE
Courtney Bray (Track & Field) . . . Bray won the pole vault at the Big Sky Conference Championships with an effort of 13-5 3/4 and had a season-best of 13-6 1/4 to rank third in school history. Indoors, she had a season-best effort of 12-10 to rank fourth all-time at Eastern and place fourth in the league.
SAAC TRIPLE THREAT CITIZEN
Angelica Rodriguez (Cross Country/Track & Field) – The SAAC President, her community service endeavors included the Coin Drive for Samaritans Feet ($500) and the School Supply Drive Leadership (400 items collected). She provided leadership at all SAAC Meetings and contributed 1200 student-athlete service hours. After competing in cross country for her first two years at Eastern, Rodriguez has competed in the sprints exclusively, running the second-fastest 400 in school history outdoors as well as running a leg on both the school-record breaking 4x400 relays indoors and outdoors. A 3.63 student majoring in education/spanish, she will be honored on the Big Sky All-Academic team for the eighth time in 2014.
T.J. Lee III (Football) . . . A first team All-American in 2013, Lee is only the third player in school history and the 45th in the 50-year-old Big Sky Conference to win first team all-league honors three times. Lee finished his career with 263 tackles to rank 11th in school history, 25 passes broken up to rank sixth, four interceptions and 3 1/2 sacks in his 49-game career (35 starts).
Aubrey Ashenfelter (Basketball) . . . Ashenfelter played a school-record 122 games and is the only player in school history with 800 career points, 400 career rebounds, 200 career assists and 100 career steals. She finished her senior season averaging 9.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocked shots to rank in the top four on the team in all five categories. She earned Big Sky All-Academic honors in each of her four seasons, with Eastern advancing to the Big Sky Tournament all four years and playing in the WNIT in 2013.
DR. RODOLFO ARÉVALO EAGLE AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP & EXCELLENCE
Steven Warner (Track & Field) . . . Warner’s many accomplishments include two school records, a Big Sky Conference title, a runner-up finish and seven Big Sky Conference All-Academic accolades. He even helped fill-in as a member of the cross country team in 2012.