Martin a finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Lowe’s Senior CLASS (an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award recognizes college senior athletes who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate softball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
An outfielder from
Martin was nominated for the honor based on her performance on the diamond as well as her personal character and achievements in the classroom and community. She is the softball representative on
Martin is majoring in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Medical Technology and carries a 3.93 GPA. She is expected to graduate in May 2008. She has been on the Missouri State Dean’s List every semester she has been at
The award, which recognizes the Outstanding Senior Student Athlete in six NCAA sports, is in its first year for softball. The other finalists are Stephanie Brown of Notre Dame, Garland Cooper of Northwestern, Lindsey Gerheim of Army, Kristina Hull of Georgia Tech, Dominique Lastrapes of Washington, Caitlin Lowe of Arizona, Jamie Reiss of Creighton, Lindsay Schutzler of Tennessee, and Kate Sheaks of DePaul.
The ten finalists will be placed on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award ballot for a nationwide vote beginning April 26 and concluding May 23. Fan balloting, available on the award’s official website www.seniorclassaward.com, will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the 2007 award. The award winner will be announced and presented with her trophy during the opening ceremonies of the 2007 NCAA Women’s College World Series in
The finalists were selected from a list of 20 semifinalists announced earlier this month.
“These ten softball players have shown a tremendous track record in all aspects of student life on the playing field, in the classroom and in their local communities,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. “They are very deserving finalists for the first ever Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for the sport of softball. We congratulate them on reaching this level and we look forward to announcing the winner at the NCAA Women’s College World Series in May.”
The initial concept of this special award for seniors was conceived by CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg and was launched in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. Lowe’s has extended the award in 2007 to include four other NCAA sports: baseball, softball, men’s hockey and men’s lacrosse.
Martin will play the final home games of her career this weekend, as the softball Bears will take on Drake. A doubleheader Saturday will begin at 12:00 noon at the Missouri State Softball Field.