PROKO, SULLIVAN HIGHLIGHT AWARD WINNERS AT W&L
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Seniors Erika Proko (Charlotte,
N.C./Providence Day) and Chris Sullivan (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo
Heights) headed the list of honorees at the annual Washington and Lee
University Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 27 at W&L's Lee Chapel.
Proko was named the Pres Brown Outstanding Senior Female Athlete, while
Sullivan was the male recipient of the award.
Proko was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain as
a senior for the women's tennis team. A four-time First Team All-ODAC
selection and the 2003 ODAC Player of the Year, Proko finished her career
earning All-America accolades six times, the most-ever by a W&L women's
tennis player. She posted a school-record 104 career doubles wins and
ranks third in W&L history with 92 singles victories. This season,
Proko helped the Generals to a second-place finish in the Division III
National Championships and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles
and Doubles Championships.
Sullivan was a four-year letterwinner for both the football
and track teams, serving as team captain for the track team his final
two seasons and captaining the football team as a senior. As a running
back in football, Sullivan set numerous school records, including career
rushing (3,140) and career all-purpose yards (5,931). A finalist for the
2002 Gagliardi Award given to the Division III Player of the Year, Sullivan
was a three-time All-ODAC selection. In addition, he was named the 2002
Virginia College Division Player of the Year and garnered Third Team AP
Little All-America honors in 2001 after leading Division III in all-purpose
yards (2,024). In track, Sullivan twice won the ODAC long jump title,
while also setting the school indoor long jump record.
In other major awards handed out at the ceremony, senior
football player John Melillo (Forney, Texas/Belle Plaine) received
the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award after carrying a 4.055 grade-point
average while majoring in English. A three-year starter on the offensive
line, Melillo received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and
was named a First Team Verizon Academic All-American this past season.
Senior swimmer Kelli Austin (Niles, Mich./Niles)
was named the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship
Award. Austin earned First Team All-ODAC honors each of her four years
and was a member of two school-record holding relay teams.
Football player and track athlete Joe Greenhill (Fort
Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) was named the Outstanding Freshman Male
Athlete of the Year, while field hockey and lacrosse player Katharine
Lester (Wilmington, Del./Friends) was named the Outstanding Freshman
Female Athlete of the Year. Greenhill started all 10 games at defensive
back for the football team, recording 38 tackles and a team-high eight
pass breakups. In track, he competed in the sprint events, producing two
of W&L's top times in the 60- and 200-meter dashes. As a defender
in field hockey, Lester tallied one assist and helped the Generals defense
allow an average of just 1.72 goals per game en route to garnering Honorable
Mention All-ODAC honors. In lacrosse, she helped lead the Generals to
a school-record 15 wins and an ODAC Championship by totaling 28 goals
and one assist.
Larry Boetsch, University Provost, was honored with
the R.E. "Chub" Yeakel Memorial Service Award for his support
of Washington and Lee athletics over the years. Junior Jeremy Franklin
received the Lefty Newell Memorial Award for his contributions to the
W&L athletics program via WLUR's sports broadcasts, while junior Mandi
Kimble (Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day School) received the Richard
Miller Physical Education Scholarship.
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