--- The South Dakota School of Mines Athletics Dept. held its annual Hardrocker
Athletics Banquet Monday night awarding the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Athlete of
the Year and Leadership Awards.
Male Athlete of the Year
Freed, a Civil Engineering major from Staunton, Va., earned the Hardrocker Male
Athlete of the Year Award. Freed, a track and field student-athlete, is currently
ranked first in all of NCAA Div. II outdoor field in the men’s discus, ninth in
the hammer throw and 38th in the shot put.
holds school records in the discus and hammer throws and is second on the SD
Mines All-Time list in the 35-pound weight throw and third in the shot
put. During the indoor track and field season, Freed provisional qualifier
for Nationals in the hammer throw.
Female Athlete of the Year
Temple, a track and field student-athlete majoring in Civil Engineering from
Glendive, Mont., was named the Female Athlete of the Year. She currently ranks
in the SD Mines Top 10 all-time performances in nine events and holds school
records in six (indoor and outdoor triple jump; pentathlon, heptathlon,
4x400 relay outdoor and 4x800 relay indoor).
During the indoor
season, Temple had five wins in seven meets and set indoor school records in
the triple jump, 4x800 relay and 4x400 relay. During the outdoor season, she
has set the outdoor school record in the heptathlon and moved up to third on
the SD Mines all-time list in the long jump.
Male Leadership Award
Nack, a track and field student-athlete from Sioux Falls, S.D., majoring in
Mechanical Engineering earned the Male Leadership Award. Nack has been a team leader
for the past three years, not only exceling as a runner but also involved in
many different aspects of the campus community. Nack spearheaded the track
and field program’s “Make-A-Wish” fundraiser which raised $800.00.
also had a hand in the following extra-curricular activities: King Center
expansion committee, SAAC member, athletic director search committee, American
Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) active chair, American Society of
Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) active chair,
M-Day homecoming royalty, Graduate Student Society Vice-Chair elect.
community service, Nack has been involved in: wearing the Grubby mascot
costume, Make-A-Wish fundraiser, peer adviser
for freshman retention and freshman orientation, and Rushmore Youth Hockey
Association volunteer coach (USA Hockey Level 2 Certification).
Female Leadership Award
Leadership Award was given to senior Janelle Strampe, a Chemical Engineering
major from Green River, Wyo. Strampe has been a double-sport student-athlete at SD Mines for four years participating in women's basketball and women's volleyball.
been involved in: Engineers & Scientist Abroad Mission Trip, job shadowing
at Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center under Dr. Clark Duchene, M.D., her current
GPA in Chemical Engineering is 3.976, also working on Masters in Chemical
Engineering, volleyball SAAC representative, two-year volleyball team captain,
four year volleyball team academic award – highest GPA, D2 Athletic Directors
Association Academic Achievement Award, Tau Beta Pi, vice president of the National
Engineering Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Phi Eta Sigma – National
Scholastic Honor Society, and worked at Cornerstone Rescue Mission and Youth
and Family Services.