COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Derrick Williams (Columbia Falls, Mont.) of the cross country/track and field program was honored as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his excellence in the classroom and in competition. Volleyball senior Mikala Morris (Tempe, Ariz.) was named as a RMAC Scholar Athlete.
To be eligible for the RMAC Scholar-Athlete Award, individuals must compete in one of the conference sponsored championship sports, carry at least a 3.30 grade point average (GPA), must use a season of competition, be of good character and must have participated at the active member institution for two (2) or more seasons in at least one sport. True freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible for this award.
All nominees who meet those requirements, but were not selected for the award, automatically qualify for honorable mention.
The women's scholar-athlete of the year, Colorado Christian University's Sophia Proano, and Williams will be honored at the 2018 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Friday, July 13 at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.
Google Cloud Academic All-America® First Team (third time) ... Google Cloud Academic All-District® (third time) ... RMAC Academic Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year (third and fourth awards) ... RMAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Academic All-RMAC First Team indoor and outdoor ... NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (third Elite 90 award) ... RMAC Summit Award winner.
NCAA All-American with the DMR after the squad raced to a runner-up time of 9:41.84, just 0.44 seconds off the winning time ... NCAA All-American in the 3000m with a time of 8:08.63, which placed fifth ... National Qualifier in the 3000m run and ran the 1600m leg (anchor) of the DMR ... USTFCCCA All-Region (mile, DMR) ... Ran an NCAA provisional converted time of 8:07.79 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi (Jan. 26) to rank 11th in Division II ... The DMR ran a converted time of 9:46.78 at the Mines D-II Invite & Multi, an automatic time that enters the national championships fourth in Division II ... Posted an NCAA automatic time in the mile with a mark of 4:01.79 at Colorado Invitational (Feb. 2) that finished the regular season seventh ... Also had a NCAA provisional time in the 800m run.
NCAA All-American after a fourth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:52.61 ... USTFCCCA Second Team All-American after finishing 12th in the 5000m run at the outdoor championships with a time of 14:36.42 ... Competed in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m at the national championships for the third time in his career … USTFCCCA All-Region (3000m Steeplechase and 5000m) … All-RMAC in the 1500m and 5000m ... Posted an NCAA automatic mark at the Bryan Clay Invitational, as he is sixth nationally in the 5000m with a time of 13:55.57 … His efforts in the steeplechase at the CSU-Pueblo Spank Blasing Invite has him ranked No. 8 nationally with a time of 8:56.54 … RMAC Champion in the 1500m … Reached the podium in the 5000m race with a third-place finish … NCAA provisional time of 3:47.77 in the 1500m came at the CU Invitational.
A CSU-Pueblo Threlkeld Prize for Excellence finalist, Morris was recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2017 and capped her career as a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. Morris was also a First Team Academic All-RMAC honoree in 2015 and was a four-time member of the RMAC's Honor Roll. On the court, Morris totaled 143 career kills. Defensively, she accounted for 114 career digs and 77 total blocks.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.