Falcons wrap up 2016-17 season by honoring 66 senior athletes
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Fitchburg State athletic department hosted its annual Athletic Awards Banquet Monday evening as guest gathered at the Wallace Civic Center at Fitchburg State University for a night that portrayed the best of Falcon athletics.
Sixty-six senior student-athletes were honored in the festivities, while nine Fitchburg State athletes were recognized with specialty awards, including the Paul K. Waring '38 Athlete of the Year Award, the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, the Leadership Award, the Kruczek Award and the Rookie of the Year Award.
Senior Ben Sattiewhite led all male recipients, taking home the Paul K. Waring '38 Male Athlete of the Year honor, while junior Annie Woolley highlighted the Fitchburg State women, being named the Paul K. Waring '38 Female Athlete of the Year.
Sattiewhite, a three time MASCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Week and one time ECAC Division III New England Field Athlete of the Week, earned All-American status in the winter, finishing eighth overall in the high jump with a mark of 1.97 meters at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Woolley claimed three MASCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week accolades as well as a one-time ECAC DIII New England Track Athlete of the Week recipient, set a new school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.83 seconds en-route to becoming the first Fitchburg State women's indoor track athlete to qualify for the NCAA DIII National Championships in 20 years. At the 2017 NCAA DIII National Championships, Annie placed 12th overall in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.89 seconds.
Seniors Taylor Ekstrom and Morgan Steele were also honored with the Male/Female Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, giving annually to an outstanding senior athlete with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Ekstrom, a four-year member of both the dean's list and MASCAC All-Academic team, collected a 3.79 GPA in the field of Exercise and Sports Science, while leading the football team to an 8-3 record and its third ECAC Bowl Game during the 2015 campaign.
Steele, a four-year member of the Fitchburg State indoor and outdoor track teams, posted a 3.77 GPA while majoring in Criminal Justice. Morgan set a new Fitchburg State indoor weight throw record with a toss of 15.44 meters at the 2017 Greater Boston Track Club Invite as well as setting a new Fitchburg State outdoor hammer throw record with a toss of 47.01 meters at the 2017 MASCAC/New England Alliance Championships, en-route to claiming the MASCAC championships in both the hammer throw and shot put.
A pair of athletes received recognition for their leadership qualities as senior Malcolm Brown-Simpson (Football) took home the Male Athletic Leadership Award, while classmate Ali Laferriere (Women's Lacrosse) was awarded the Female Athletic Leadership Award.
Senior Erin Morrissey (Field Hockey) received the 2017 Kruczek Award for her demonstration of courage and spirit through adversity, while freshman Tyler Warila (Ice Hockey) earned Male Rookie of the Year honors. Newcomer Kyra Rose (Women's Basketball) wrapped up the award honorees, being named the 2017 Fitchburg State Female Rookie of the Year.
For more information regarding the Fitchburg State Athletic Awards Banquet, please contact Assistant Sports Information Director Jamie Rogers via email at email@example.com.