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CSN Names Daly and Theisen Senior Student-Athlete Award Winners for the MIAC

College Sporting News is proud to announce its honorees for this year’s CSN Senior Student-Athlete Award from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The 2008-2009 male and female winners are Joe Daly of Saint John’s University and Katie Theisen of the University of St. Thomas.

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A Selection Committee comprised of coaches, administrators and former MIAC athletes chose them from a group of 24 seniors nominated by the schools. They were honored for excellence on the playing field, coupled with superior academic performance and involvement in community service.

Theisen, a Biology major from Elko, MN, is a three-time All-American in cross country and a two-time All-American in track. She is an All-MIAC performer in track and cross country each year, and has helped St. Thomas to 10 (of a possible 11) team championships in her sports. She was named a First Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA/ESPN and is a recipient of an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. She has been involved in fundraising efforts for Huntington’s disease and Autism. Theisen was active in development of the Tommie Olympics and in organizing the first UST Athletic Banquet. She volunteers in the Campus Ministry and is president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Daly, an Accounting major from Owatonna, MN, is a member of the two-time defending national championship golf team. He was a Third Team All-American in 2008, as well as an All-District selection by GCAA. He was medalist at the MIAC Meet his freshman year, winning MIAC Freshman of the Year honors, and was fifth this fall. Daly has been named Academic All-MIAC and was named an All-American Scholar in 2008. He is a Regent Scholar, SJU’s top academic scholarship. His community service includes four years of involvement with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, being part of the group that founded SJU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes group, volunteering with the Red Cross, being involved in the Student Senate and serving as the group’s President two years.

CSN FEMALE MIAC SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

Katie Theisen

School: University of St. Thomas
Sport: Cross country, track and field
Hometown: Elko, MN
Major: Biology
Grade Point Average: 4.00

Athletic Accomplishments
- Two-time cross country All-American
- Four-time All-MIAC in cross country
- Three-time All-American in track
- Earned All-MIAC honors 27 times in track and field
- Anchored UST to NCAA runner-up finish in distance medley relay in both 2008 and 2009
- 2008 NCAA track qualifier in four events
- 2009 NCAA outdoor qualifier in mile….
- Anchored UST distance medley relay team that took first at the Drake Relays, the first IAC first-place finish since 1990 and the first MIAC relay win at Drake since 1932

Academics
- 2008 CoSIDA Academic All-American (is also nominated for 2009)
- 2008 NCAA Postgraduate Scholar
- 2008 Goldberg Scholar for research
- Involved in Undergraduate student research in the Biology Department for three years
- Recipient of two Collaborative Inquiry Grants for research
- Presented research at UST’s Inquiry at UST research symposium three separate times
- Presented research at the International Meeting for the Study of Evolution for the past two years
- Co-author on a scientific paper that is being published in the Journal of Evolutionary

Community Service
- Volunteer at campus ministry as a Eucharistic Minister on Sundays
- President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council
- Instituted the first UST Athlete Banquet, a spring dinner and dance to celebrate Tommie athletes (this year is the second year for the hopefully annual event)
- Participated in Community Clean-up (raking leaves in the community) during fall and Spring Semesters the past two years
- Helped organize the Salvation Army’s Toys for Teens drive on campus for the past three years
- Involved in spring fundraiser for the past three years: 1) Kickball for Autism, 2) basketball for Huntington’s, 3) kickball for Huntington’s
- Organized and help put on a “Speaker Series” where UST coaches speak to the St. Thomas student body about “What it takes” to be successful.
- Developed and put on the first Tommie Olympics, where athletes can get together in friendly competition amongst teams in events that do not pertain to any sport (ex. hoola hooping)
- Involved in Code Purple, an email alert system. SAAC reps would tell me when big games were and I would email the group urging them to bring their teams to the game and show support
- Helped write the declaration for the UST chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which has been a recognized UST organization for two years now

CSN MALE MIAC SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

Joe Daly

School: Saint John’s University
Sports: Golf
Hometown: Owatonna, MN
Majors: Accounting
Grade Point Average: 3.76

Athletic Accomplishments
- Member of two-time (2007 & 2008) national champion Saint John’s University golf team
- National Tournament participant in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Daly will participate in the 2009 National Tournament this coming spring.
- Member of 2005, 2006, and 2008 MIAC Championship team
- 2008 Third Team All-American
- 2008 GCAA All-District Selection
- 2008 All-MIAC honors (5th place)
- 2005 All-MIAC honors (medalist)
- 2006 MIAC Freshman of the Year

Academics
- 2008 All-America Scholar
- SJU Regent Scholar (SJU’s top academic scholarship)

Community Service
- Big Brothers Big Sisters (4 years)
- SJU Senate, 3.5 years total. Was President Junior & Senior years, AAB Chairman Sophomore year
- Magis – weekly Christian worship group (3 years)
- Men’s Spirituality Group (3 years)
- Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer for 16 blood drives (two per semester at both SJU and St. Benedict, all four years)
- Special Olympics Basketball
- Started Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group at Saint John’s University

PAST WINNERS
2006 Megan Vig, Carleton College & Matt Hawn, Saint John’s University
2007 Hailey Harren, Gustavus Adolphus College & Kirby Carr, Bethel University
2008 Maria Bye, University of St. Thomas & P.J. Theisen, University of St. Thomas