Senior Awards Announced at Annual Luncheon
LANCASTER, Pa. – Sheena Crawley and Hayk Gyokchyan received the highest honors given to Franklin & Marshall senior athletes at the annual awards luncheon on Monday. Crawley won the Karvasales Outstanding Senior Athlete Award, while Gyokchyan was honored with the Garrigues Outstanding Senior Athlete Award. The Garrigues and Karvasales awards are given to the male and female senior athletes that display cumulative outstanding athletic and academic achievements over a four-year period.
Crawley (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) has received numerous accolades and set many school and conference records as a member of both the women's cross country and track & field teams. She has earned a total of seven All-America honors throughout her four years, with five coming in track & field and two in cross country. Her five track & field All-America awards are the most in F&M history, while her two in cross country make her just the third Diplomat to earn the honor twice.
Crawley has accumulated 12 Centennial Conference (CC) gold medals, set school records in eight different track & field events (outdoor: 800, 1500, 5000, 4x400 relay; indoor: 800, 1000, mile, 3000), owns the Centennial Conference (CC) record in four indoor events (800, 1000, mile, 4x400 relay), and holds the CC Championship meet mark in three events (outdoor: 800, 4x400 relay; indoor: 4x400 relay). She has posted six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Track & Field Championships, including a career-best second-place finish in the mile at the 2013 Indoor Championships. She also qualified three times for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, recording her best finish as a junior by placing 11th. Crawley was named the 2012 Mideast Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and the 2012 CC Indoor Track Performer of the Meet after claiming three first-place finishes at the event.
Gyokchyan (Beirut, Lebanon/The Lawrenceville School) headlined a senior men's basketball class that put together one of the best four-year spans in the history of the program. During his time at F&M, the Diplomats won four regular season titles, three conference titles, went to three NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Elite Eight twice. The group put together 20-plus win seasons all four years and finished with a 97-21 overall record, 60-12 CC record and went 62-7 at the Mayser Center with a 14-4 postseason mark. Gyokchyan was named to the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-America Third Team, marking the 25th time an F&M player has received All-America recognition. He was also named to the NABC Middle Atlantic All-Region First Team, D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Second Team, Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Year and earned All-CC First Team accolades.
Gyokchyan became the 33rd player in program history to join the 1,000-point club and finished his career ranked fourth in blocks (133), sixth in games played (116), and seventh in rebounds (712). He ranked in the top-10 in multiple statistical categories in the conference last winter. He was fourth in both rebounds per game (7.5) and three-point percentage (38.9), sixth with 15.9 points per game and seventh with a one block per game average. Gyokchyan scored in double-figures in 19 contests, including eight 20-plus point performances and also contributed six double-doubles on the year.
Samuel Stone (Darien, Conn./Suffield Academy) of the men's tennis team and Elise Gilchrist (Lyme, Conn./Lyme Old Lyme) of the volleyball team were awarded the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Award. The Sportsmanship Award is bestowed upon a male and female athlete who has demonstrated consistent good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in his/her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics. He/she must also have demonstrated good citizenship outside of an athletic competition setting and be in good academic standing.
Zach Wilt (New Holland, Pa./Pequea Valley) of the men's swimming team and Alexis Teevens (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) of the women's track & field team were honored with the Delphic Student-Athlete Award. The award is given to the male and female senior athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the fall semester.
Photos from the luncheon will be posted on the F&M Athletics Facebook page. To view pictures of the event, click here.