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Academics Shine At 2010 TECHspy Awards

Omo Osaghae accepting the Male Athlete of the Year Award
Omo Osaghae accepting the Male Athlete of the Year Award

May 4, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas - Track and field's Omo Osaghae, women's basketball's Jordan Murphree and soccer's Megan Hoffert were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year Tuesday night at the second annual TECHspy Awards held at the Allen Theater.

Osaghae, a three-time track and field All-American, earned the coveted award for his all-around performance while Murphree, a 2010 All-Big 12 conference women's basketball selection, shared the honor with fellow Lady Raider soccer senior Megan Hoffert.

At the end of the night, 222 athletes were awarded based on their performance not only on the field but even more so in the classroom. In honor of the 2010 class, each respective sport acknowledged a top graduating senior for their commitment to academics: Taylor Ashby (Baseball), Chris Olson (Football), Danielle Matthews (Softball), Leah Legler (Softball), Maegan Wilber (Soccer), Haley Ball (Volleyball), Kaylan Talley (Women's Basketball), Darko Cohadarevic (Men's Basketball), Tracy Stanford (Women's Golf), Kerryn Potgieter (Women's Tennis), Christian Rojmar (Men's Tennis), Amanda Alley (Women's Track), and Cory Higgins (Men's Track).

The Lady Raider softball team and first-year head coach Shanon Hays took home the 2009-2010 CHAMPS Choice award after finishing the 2010 regular season with a 35-15 record, the fourth-most wins in program history and the best overall record since the 2001 season. The CHAMPS Choice award is being awarded for the first time this year as it is designed to be given to a student-athlete, team, coach or athletic staff member who has gone above and beyond the expected involvement and support of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program.

On the athletic side of the awards, Sally Kipyego was named Female TECHspy of the Year. Kipyego is likely the most-decorated athlete in school history after her historic run at nine NCAA individual championships over her three-year career as a member of the Red Raider track and field and cross country teams. Kipyego was only defeated twice during that span at the collegiate level, while rewriting the school record book in virtually every distance race. On the men's side, Osaghae also picked up the Male TECHspy of the Year award.

In the night's other awards, the men's tennis team won Men's Team of the Year after spending majority of the season ranked among the top 20 in the nation, finishing the regular season ranked No. 14, while the cross country team won the women's award for the second year in a row.

After leading the women's cross country to a program-best fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships and its second straight Big 12 Conference Championship, Jon Murray was named the Women's Coach of the Year, while men's tennis coach Tim Siegel was the recipient on the men's side.

The night's remaining honors were presented to athletic trainer Todd Faison for athletic administration recognition, and a Red Raiders Congeniality award to men's basketball athlete Wally Dunn.

The athletic awards presented in tonight's banquet were voted on by participating student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department employees while the academic awards were chosen by athletic academic staff, senior staff, athletic council, and various academic faculty. The TECHspys are an annual event coordinated by the Athletic Academic Services department.

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