Marqui Christian Named LSC Male Athlete of the Year

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Senior safety Marqui Christian became Midwestern State's first male to earn Lone Star Conference Athlete of the Year honors Thursday afternoon.
 
Christian joins 2015 NCAA Division II individual national champion Brenna Moore, who was the first MSU student-athlete to claim the coveted conference award last summer.
 
The 6-2, 205-pounder was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals after enjoying an outstanding four-year collegiate career at MSU.
 
Christian helped the Mustangs to a 10-2 regular season, an LSC playoff title and to its sixth NCAA Division II playoff berth in 2015.
 
He won the Cliff Harris Award as the nation's top small college defensive player (D2, D3, NAIA) after making 95 tackles including 49 solo stops and tackles for loss for the LSC top-ranked defense in terms of yard allowed per game (382.9) and scoring defense (23.4 points per game).
 
Christian was near unanimous All-America pick earning first-team honors from the American Football Coaches' Association, D2CCA and D2Football.com. He was a second-team Associated Press Little All American and a third-team Don Hansen All American. He also became the first Mustangs' player to earn J.V. Sykes/LSC Defensive Player of the Year and was the league's defensive back of the year.
 
Christian closed his career as MSU's all-time tackles leader with 295 and was a three-time, first-team all-conference performer. As a three-year starter, he competed in 41 games finishing with 10-or-more tackles 16 times. He claimed LSC Defensive Player of the Week honors four times and once earned special teams accolades.
 
Christian received 16 votes from the ballot distributed to the league's sports information directors claiming the honor by five votes over West Texas A&M sophomore basketball standout David Chavlovich who was followed by Texas A&M-Kingsville's Jordan Yamoah (8 votes), Angelo State's Luis Perez (6), Tarleton State's Chase Rathke (3), Eastern New Mexico's Jeremy Buurma (2, Texas A&M-Commerce's Ricky Romero (2) and Cameron's Daniel Neilsen.

MSU's Vinson Finishes Third in Women's Vote

Midwestern State's Katelyn Vinson finished third in LSC Female Athlete of the Year vote. The senior from Southlake closed her career as the LSC's all-time leader with 66 home runs.
 
The walk-on from Carroll High was an NFCA National Player of the Year Top 25 finalist this season hitting .438 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs despite being waked 50 times in just over 200 plate appearances.
 
Vinson finished her senior campaign third in the nation in walks per game (0.94) and second in on-base percentage (.578) but was 26th overall in batting average at .438.
 
The 2016 LSC Player of the Year closes her career as MSU's all-time leader in batting average (.420), slugging percentage (.827), home runs (66), RBI (224) and total bases (492).
 
Vinson is a four-team All-LSC honoree earning first-team accolades in 2013, 2014 and 2016. She was an NFCA first-team and Daktronics third-team All American after earning Daktronics South Central Region Player of the Year honors as a freshman in 2013.
 
Vinson became the just the second player in LSC history -- and first since 1997 -- to hit .500 finish with a .503 average with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs setting MSU's single season records in batting average, slugging percentage (.976), home runs and total bases (161).
 
LSC MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Year, Sport, Points):  Marqui Christian, Midwestern State, Sr., Football, 16; David Chavlovich, West Texas A&M, So., Basketball, 11; Jordan Yamoah, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sr., Track and Field, 8; Luis Perez, Angelo State, Sr., Track and Field, 6; Chase Rathke, Tarleton State, Sr., Track and Field, 3; Jeremy Buurma, Eastern New Mexico, Sr., Football, 2; Ricky Romero, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., Track and Field, 2; Daniel Nielsen, Cameron, So., Golf, 0.
 
LSC FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR (Name, School, Year, Sport, Points):  Isabel Jimenez-Perea, Tarleton State, Sr., Golf, 18; Libby Strickland, West Texas A&M, Sr., Track and Field, 9; Katelyn Vinson, Midwestern State, Sr., Softball, 8; Alexis Aguirre, Eastern New Mexico, So., Volleyball, Track and Field, 5; Katie MacLeay, Angelo State, Sr., Volleyball, 4; Tealey Farquhar, Texas Woman's, Sr., Softball, 4; Kaina Martinez, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Sr., Track and Field, 2; Paula Gutierrez , Cameron, Jr., Tennis, 2; Vicky Back, Texas A&M-Commerce, Jr., Soccer, 2.

Lone Star Conference Athletes of the Year

Year       Male
2016       Marqui Christian, Midwestern State, Sr., Football
2015       Steve Naemark, Angelo State, Jr., Baseball
2014       Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Sr., Football
2013       Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian, Sr., Golf
2012       Nick Jones, Abilene Christian, Sr., Track & Field
2011       Chase Larsson, Cameron, Jr., Baseball
2010       Cyril Bouniol, Abilene Christian, Jr., Golf
2009       Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian, Sr., Football
2008       Sam Belt, Central Oklahoma, Sr., Basketball
2007       Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian, Sr., CC/Track & Field
2006       Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian, Football
2005       Drew Beard, Southeastern Okla., Football
2004       Cole Province, Central Oklahoma, Wrestling
2003       Olan Coleman, Tarleton State, Football/Track & Field
2002       Steve Kelly, Tarleton State, Football
2001       Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field
2000       Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field
1999       Eddie Robinson, Central Oklahoma, Basketball
               
Year       Female
2016       Isabel Jimenez-Perea, Tarleton State, Sr., Golf
2015       Brenna Moore, Midwestern State, Sr., Golf
2014       Renee Erwin, West Texas A&M, Jr., Softball
2013       Katie Hines, Texas Woman's, Jr., Softball
2012       Elsamartina Apo, Angelo State, Sr., Softball
2011       Carla Cooper, Tarleton State, Sr., Golf
2010       Aisha Adams, Angelo State, Sr., Track & Field
2009       Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, Sr., Basketball
2008       Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, Jr., Basketball
2007       Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, So., Basketball
2006       Emily Brister, West Texas A&M, Fr., Basketball
2005       Celeste Stevenson, West Texas A&M, Basketball
2004       Michelle Hofmann, Angelo State, Softball
2003       LaTasha Mosley, Angelo State, Track & Field
2002       Brandi Robinson, Southeastern Okla., Basketball
2001       Precious Thibodeaux, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Basketball/Track & Field
2000       Sarah Butler, West Texas A&M, Volleyball
1999       Tracy Barnes, Abilene Christian, Track & Field

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