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Athletics Hands Out Top Four Awards at 2012 Banquet
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:04/23/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University Athletics handed out its top departmental awards at the program's annual banquet held on campus, April 23. Juniors Jake Lowery (baseball) and Katie Harman (cross country) were named the Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, while junior Katherine Bulling (tennis) and redshirt-sophomore Adam Bastidas (soccer) were voted the program's Gary '81 & Fredericka (Cookie) McCollum Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Lowery turned in one of the most individual storied seasons in the history of JMU baseball. A native of Midlothian, Va., Lowery won the Johnny Bench Award as National Catcher of the Year and was named National Hitter of the Year after leading the nation in RBIs (91), runs scored (80) and total bases (200). He also finished second in NCAA Division I in home runs (24) and slugging percentage (.797). He was also honored as a First Team All-American as well as the CAA, State and ECAC Player of the Year. He set or tied JMU records for triples (8), home runs, extra-base hits (54), total bases, RBIs and plate appearances (294). He set or tied CAA records for RBIs, total bases and home runs while leading the league in slugging percentage, runs, RBIs, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases and runners caught stealing. He led the Dukes to the 2011 CAA Championship and a NCAA appearance and then moved on to the professional ranks after being drafted in the fourth round (#128 overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cleveland Indians.

A three-time All-CAA performer in cross country, Harman was the 2011 CAA Cross Country Runner of the Year after capturing the CAA individual championship and leading the Dukes to their second consecutive CAA Cross Country title. The Clarksville, Md., native then went on to capture the individual crown at the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship and earned All-Region honors after a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Region championships. A five-time CAA Commissioner's Award recipient and three-time JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete, she also garnered All-East accolades in the distance medley relay after a seventh-place finish at the 2011 ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Bulling is a history and English major who has been named to JMU's President's List, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete twice and a CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient twice. She posted a 15-6 record in singles this year and 13-10 in doubles in helping JMU to the CAA quarterfinals. Hailing from Loveland, Ohio, she has a 47-30 (.610) career record in singles play and was the Ruth Johnson Award winner in 2009-10 for her play at the Marion Wood Baird Cup.

Majoring in interdisciplinary studies, Bastidas is a President's List student as well as a two-time CAA Commissioner's Academic award recipient. A native of Catasauqua, Pa., he started on JMU's top-25 men's soccer team that won the CAA regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16. He had two goals and an assist out of the midfield and was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention.

Additionally, the JMU Athletic Department honored its top community service sport program, with baseball, women's lacrosse, softball and women's volleyball named finalists. The JMU women's lacrosse squad, coached by JMU alumna Shelly Klaes-Bawcombe, was honored with the award for the second time in the last three years. Among the community service during the last academic year, 15 members of the team wrote letters to soldiers abroad, the entire team donated 131 pounds of food to the Blue Ridge Food Bank and "adopted" a family of three for Christmast, providing them with gifts and toiletries. In addition, the entire team got involved with "Friends of Jaclyn" and adopted nine-year-old Elle Howdershell from Gainesville, Va., who is fighting a brain tumore. The entire team has kept in contact with Elle via blog posts since May 2011 and also visited her in her hometown.

Additional Finalists for the JMU Athletic Department Annual Awards
Female Athlete
Natalie Abel, Volleyball
Alison Parris, Track & Field
Kimberly Helfrich, Diving

Male Athlete
Paul Wyatt, Soccer
Dae'Quan Scott, Football
Humpty Hitchens, Basketball

Gary '81 & Fredericka (Cookie) McCollum Female Scholar-Athlete
Brittany Wilhelm, Track & Field
Stacey Nobles, Cross Country
Lindsay Cutchins, Field Hockey

Gary '81 & Fredericka (Cookie) McCollum Male Scholar-Athlete
Rich Leeper, Golf
Bertrand Moulin, Tennis
Pat Williams, Football

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