LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Association presented 27 honors at the seventh-annual CATSPY Awards, held Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2008-09 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of five teams and 28 individuals were recognized.
Men’s track and field and volleyball won the Male and Female Team of the Year awards for their achievements. The track and field squad finished ninth at the NCAA Championships last June, the team’s highest finish ever. The volleyball team was ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation, won a school-record 17 Southeastern Conference matches and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth-consecutive year.
The Mr. and Miss Wildcat Awards are given for all-around excellence in athletics, academics, character and service. Carly Ormerod of women’s basketball and Ashley Trimble of track and field were named Miss Wildcat, while football’s Tim Masthay and Bruno Agostinelli of men’s tennis were co-winners of Mr. Wildcat.
The Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to Sarah Rumely, who was the first volleyball player in school history to be named SEC Player of the Year. The Male Athlete of the Year is shared by Bruno Agostinelli of men’s tennis, who has been ranked as high as No. 2 in nation, and rifle All-American Tom Csenge (pronounced same as “singe”) for leading that team to a national runner-up finish.
The Male Performance of the Year Award went to Jodie Meeks of men’s basketball for his school-record 54-point performance at Tennessee. The Female Performance of the Year Award was received by Ashley Trimble of track and field, the SEC pentathlon champion.
The Academic Teams of the Year were men’s golf and women’s soccer. The Scholar-Athletes of the Year were Leah Harms (women’s swimming) and Brad Hart (football).
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Donnie Mefford, Tommy Davis and Chuck Stivers, longtime members of UK’s award-winning turf-management crew.
A complete list of awards is below:
Female Rookie of the Year Becky Pavan, Volleyball
Male Rookie of the Year Randall Cobb, Football
Ethan Settlemires, Rifle
Female Performance of the Year Ashley Trimble, Track and Field
Male Performance of the Year Jodie Meeks, Basketball
K-Association Female Athlete of the Year Sarah Rumely, Volleyball
K-Association Male Athlete of the Year Bruno Agostinelli, Tennis
Tom Csenge, Rifle
Female Team of the Year Volleyball
Male Team of the Year Track and Field
Supporting Role David “Bingy” Lara, Men’s Soccer
Scratch Award (non-scholarship athlete) Jennifer Stone, Women’s Tennis
Blue Heart Award (overcoming injuries) Eleia Roddy, Women’s Basketball
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Leah Harms, Swimming
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brad Hart, Football
Female Academic Team of the Year Soccer
Male Academic Team of the Year Golf
Miss Wildcat Carly Ormerod, Basketball
Ashley Trimble, Track and Field
Mr. Wildcat Bruno Agostinelli, Tennis
Tim Masthay, Football
Female Team Coach of the Year Craig Skinner, Volleyball
Male Team Coach of the Year Don Weber, Track and Field
Coach of the Year Harry Mullins, Rifle (joint men’s/women’s team)
McDonald’s Female Community Service Award Ashley Trimble, Track and Field
McDonald’s Male Community Service Award Tim Masthay, Football
Character Award Andrea Halasek, Track and Field
Lifetime Achievement Award Donnie Mefford, Director of Turf Management
Tommy Davis, Turf Management
Chuck Stivers, Turf Management
Bill Keightley “Assist Award” Adam Coleman, Strength and Conditioning Grad. Asst.
Mike Lyden Courage Award Natalie Rubinstein, Gymnastics
One Shining Moment Rifle