Hardrocker Athlete of the Year, Leadership Awards announced
Release Date Tuesday, May 6, 2014

RAPID CITY --- 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.




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 Male Athlete of the Year

Senior Brian 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.

Freed also 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.

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 Female Athlete of the Year

 Senior Lillian 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.

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Male Leadership Award

  Senior Tyler 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.

Nack has 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.

For 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).

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Female Leadership Award

  The Female 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.

Strampe has 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.



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