Mount Olive, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive Athletics awards ceremony, the Trojan Globes, was held Tuesday, May 2 inside the Kornegay Arena. The ceremony honored UMO student-athlete success in the classroom and on their respective fields of play.
The annual awards ceremony is held every year in honor and celebration for all the hard work the student-athletes at Mount Olive have put in over the past academic year. Many different awards are given out during the night.
The night was highlighted by the scholar-athletes and outstanding student-athlete awards being announced. Men's Track and Field's Nick Greyno and Women's Lacrosse's Gina Fader were named the 2017 UMO Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Greyno, a senior exercise science major from Wilmington, N.C., captured a pair of 2017 Conference Carolinas championships during indoor track and field season with wins in the shot put and weight throw. At the 2017 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Greyno earned four all-conference honors for his performance in the discus, shot put, hammer throw, and javelin.
A senior psychology major from Levittown, N.Y., Fader grabbed 58 grounds balls and caused 41 turnovers for the Trojans' this season. Fader is the UMO record-holder for single-game and career ground balls, while ranking second in single-season ground balls with her 58 this season.
Also awarded were the outstanding male and female athletes. Baseball's Ricky Surum and women's track and field's Alexis McNeil were named the 2017 UMO Outstanding Male and Female Student-Athletes.
Surum, a senior sports management major from Atlanta, Georgia, helped lead the Trojans' to Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament titles. The first-team all-conference selection leads the team in batting average (.382), hits (83), doubles, (19), triples (5), RBI (59), and stolen bases (24), while adding 12 home runs. Surum has played and started all 55 games at shortstop for the Trojans this season.
A senior psychology major from Bowie, Marylad, McNeil is a 16-time all-region selection and owns the UMO women's track and field records in the 60 meter dash and 200 meters in indoor track and the 100 and 200 meter records in outdoor track. This season, McNeil captured the 60 meter championship at the 2017 Conference Carolinas Indoor Track and Field Championships and was named third-team all-conference in the 100 and 200 meters at the conference's outdoor championships.
UMO's Men's Tennis was honored for accumulating the highest grade point average for both the spring 2016 and fall 2016 semesters.
The 2017 Trojan Globes featured a bevy of new awards that were presented for the first time at UMO.
The first Trojan Globe of the night was awarded to women's lacrosse's Alyssa Fox for the highest student-athlete GPA.
Athletics Communications intern Anne Barboteau was awarded the Student Support award for her assistance during the 2017 spring semester.
The Trojan Globe for Service was presented to women's lacrosse's Addison Foudray for her self-started initiative to sell t-shirts to raise money for Southeastern Cancer Care, a support organization for cancer patients and their families in eastern North Carolina.
Women's basketball's Kiara Jones was awarded the Trojan Globe for hustle after setting a UMO single-season record with 317 rebounds this season.
The Covenant Award was given to baseball's Jack Sherrill for his positive attitude and willingness to lend a hand when needed.
The Trojan Globe for leadership was presented to softball's Anna Ingram for her maturity on and off the field.
The Comeback Award was given to men's lacrosse's Tim Dobson, who played as a freshman and missed two years while battling a mental illness and returned to competition this season for the Trojans.
Accounting professor Henry Singletary was awarded the Trojan Globe for fan of the year for attending many UMO athletic events and showing support for Trojan student-athletes.
The Trojan Globe for "Best Record-Breaking Performance" was awarded to baseball's Zach Mozingo and women's golf's Julia Kaeding. Mozingo broke the single-season saves record at UMO, which stood for 20 years, while Kaeding smashed the lowest 54-hole score record by nine shots.
"Play of the Year" was awarded to baseball's Bruce Zimmermann for his 17-strikeout performance in seven innings in UMO's victory over Southern Wesleyan University.
The Trojan Globe for "Game of the Year" was given to UMO's men's soccer team for its late game heroics scoring three goals in 118 seconds to defeat King University on the road.
The Male and Female Newcomer of the Year Trojan Globe was awarded to men's track and field's Tedric Shannon and women's cross country and track and field's Leah Hanle. Shannon was named the 2017 Conference Carolinas Men's Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, while Hanle has earned a pair of all-America honors in cross country and indoor track and owns an automatic qualifier in the 5k for the 2017 NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Trojan Globe for Male and Female Breakout Student-Athlete was awarded to men's cross country and track and field's Adam Craig and women's tennis' Julie Gonzalez. Craig has captured two All-America honors this season as a junior, while Gonzalez earned first-team all-conference honors while competing in her first season of collegiate tennis.
The Outstanding Championship Performance Trojan Globe was given to men's cross country and track and field's Jonathan Dahlke for his sixth-place finish in the 3000 meters at the 2017 NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Finally, the Trojan Globe for Male and Female Outstanding Teams were awarded to baseball and women's track and field. Baseball captured the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament titles, while women's track and field swept the Conference Carolinas indoor and outdoor championships.
Men's Track and Field and Softball received the 2017 Golden Hanger award for best-dressed teams.
The complete list of Trojans Globe winners is listed below.
Student Support Award: Anne Barboteau
Highest Student-Athlete GPA: Alyssa Fox
Murphy Osborne Award: Alexis McNeil
Service Award: Addison Foudray
Leadership Award: Anna Ingram
Hustle Award: Kiara Jones
Covenant Award: Jack Sherrill
Comeback Award: Tim Dobson
Trojan Cup: Softball
Fan of the Year: Henry Singletary
Male Record-Breaking Performance: Zach Mozingo
Female Record-Breaking Performance: Julia Kaeding
Play of the Year: Bruce Zimmermann
Game of the Year: Men's Soccer
Male Newcomer of the Year: Tedric Shannon
Female Newcomer of the Year: Leah Hanle
Male Breakout Student-Athlete: Adam Craig
Female Breakout Student-Athlete: Julie Gonzalez
Best Championship Performance: Jonathan Dahlke
Male Outstanding Team: Baseball
Women's Outstanding Team: Women's Track and Field
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nick Greyno
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gina Fader
Male Outstanding Student-Athlete: Ricky Surum
Female Outstanding Student-Athlete: Alexis McNeil
The awards ceremony can be watched again on the University of Mount Olive Athletics Ustream Channel. Photos from the awards ceremony can be viewed here.