TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department presented Ruel Fox Burns Blankets to seniors Paul Bouagnon (St. Charles, Ill./Burlington Central), Reed Eason (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) and Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker) to highlight the 2011 Athletic Honors and Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.
The Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, presented to the department's top senior male and female athletes as voted by the coaching staff, has been presented to outstanding Engineer student-athletes since 1968.
Bouagnon is a two-sport athlete who earned 10 career conference championships in track and field and was a first-team all-league selection in soccer. He won seven relay and three individual conference championships, was named HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2011 and has provisionally qualified for the NCAA nationals in track and field. He added 12 goals with six assists and 30 points in 71 career soccer matches and helped lead the team to a 26-3-4 conference record at Rose-Hulman.
Eason was a four-time all-conference selection, a two-time all-region honoree and set school records with 200 pass receptions for 2,437 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best single-game performance included 15 catches for 225 yards against Franklin in 2009, and his efforts helped the football team finish 26-14 in his playing career.
Marsh scored 1,066 points with 896 rebounds and 295 blocked shots in her four-year basketball career. She ranks first through fourth in single-season school history in blocked shots, and holds the single-game record of 11 blocks. She ranks sixth in school history in points and second in rebounds. Marsh twice earned first-team all-conference honors during her Fightin' Engineer career.
The athletic department also awarded the Rose-Hulman Varsity R Club Outstanding Senior of the Year Award for the fourth straight year. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by one male and one female student-athlete during their senior playing seasons.
Cross country and track runner Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville) captured the men's honor. Kreipke qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships in one of the two sports in which he competes. He also set a school record with a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Cross Country Championships and finished in the top half at the National Meet. His efforts also included recording the second-fastest 5,000-meter run time in school history.
On the women's side, Allison Faber (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) captured the honor for her efforts in softball. Faber established single-season and career school records for home runs for the Rose-Hulman softball team this spring. She batted .347 on the season with six home runs to increase her career school record total to eight, including two home runs in a late April home game against Hanover.
Seniors Neil Krueger (Beach Park, Ill./Zion-Benton) and Molly Richardson (Orange Park, Fla./St. John's Country Day) earned the John Logan Award for compiling the highest female and male grade-point-average among four-year letter winners.
Krueger carries a 3.96 grade point average, while Richardson has a 3.81 grade point average. Krueger will attend the University of Illinois doctorate program in materials science next season and hit well over .300 as a designated hitter this spring. Richardson ranks in the top three in school history in nearly every category will begin a career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama, after graduating this month.
The Samuel Hulbert Award, named for the President at Rose-Hulman who retired after 28 years of service in 2004, is presented to the male and female senior athletes who contribute the most in terms of team spirit, sportsmanship and a determination to succeed.
Men's soccer player Joe Salisbury (Fort Wayne/Homestead) and women's soccer player Annmarie Stanley (Warrenville, Ill./Rosary) were honored for reinforcing winning attitudes and creating a positive atmosphere for their respective teams.
Each student-athlete was honored for both an unselfish and team oriented attitude, along with their efforts in helping recruit future student-athletes to the college. Salisbury earned second-team all-conference honors and tallied 18 points in 67 career matches. Stanley missed the 2010-11 season due to injury but will return to complete her career and a master's degree next fall. She was named Most Valuable Player of the HCAC in 2008.
Kevin Hewerdine received the John Mutchner Award, presented to the gentleman who has unselfishly given his time and support to the athletic department. The coaching staff works with Hewerdine during the student recruitment process, where prospective students learn valuable information regarding the college's placement statistics and the overall impact of a Rose-Hulman education in the working world.
The Rosie Award is awarded to the woman who has unselfishly given time and support to the athletic department. Ame Turner received the 2011 honor for her efforts in supporting all athletic teams as a fan, student-athlete and event worker. Turner earned all-conference and academic all-district honors during her Fightin' Engineer career.
Timothy Boyer received the Jess Lucas Spirit Award, presented annually to an individual or group whose support of the athletic department moves above and beyond the norm. Boyer serves as the public address announcer at athletic events and has also helped raise spirit and student funds for promoting athletic teams during his career at the college.