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Press Release

May 23, 2006

Lamberson Picked as Ken B. Jones Finalist

Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Six schools are represented with finalists for the 2005-06 Ken B. Jones Awards as MIAA Student-Athletes of the Year.

This marks the 13th year for the award. It is named in honor of the man who served as the MIAA's first full-time commissioner for 16 years. Jones retired in 1997, and passed away in May 2004.

One male and one female are selected for the honors, with the finalists invited to the MIAA Awards Banquet, set for June 1 in Kansas City at the Downtown Marriott Muehlebach Tower.

One of the six finalists, Central Missouri State senior indoor track & field competitor Kristin Anderson, also was a finalist in 2004-05.

Anderson is joined on the women's list by senior indoor & outdoor track & field performer Iashia Castle of Missouri Southern and junior volleyball player Sarah Shearman of Truman.

The men's nominees include a pair of football players -- senior quarterback Josh Lamberson of Northwest Missouri State and junior defensive end Ryan Meredith of Pittsburg State -- along with senior golfer Brice Garnett from Missouri Western.

A 10-member panel of athletics directors, sports information directors, senior women's administrators, and faculty athletics representatives -- including a representative from each school -- selects the winners.

Judging is done in four areas for each nominee, 2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments, 2005-06 Academic Accomplishments, 2005-06 Campus/Community Service and Career Athletic, Academic and Service Achievements.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average as of April 1, and complete at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2005-06 academic year.


Men's Finalists
Brice Garnett
Senior -- Missouri Western
Golf -- Gallatin, Mo.
Finance major -- 3.627 cumulative GPA

2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments: Garnett won three men's golf tournaments during the 2005-06 year and finished in the top five in each of his last five tournaments... Garnett was the medalist at the 2006 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships and was the No. 1 golfer on the Western team that finished the season as the league champion and the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division II regional tournament... Garnett finished 4th in the 2006 NCAA Division II Central Regional Golf Tournament... Garnett had a 72.9 stroke average this season and was named All-MIAA for men's golf in 2006 as well as the first ever MIAA Player of the Year, leading the MIAA in points... Garnett is a three-time Wilson/MIAA Men's Golfer of the Week honoree in 2005-06... Garnett was recently named the Missouri Western Men's Golf Student-Athlete of the Year and was honored as the Missouri Western Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2006 -- it was the second straight year Garnett has won both awards.

2005-06 Academic Accomplishments: Garnett is a member of the MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll, the Missouri Western Dean's List, the Missouri Western President's List, the Missouri Western Athletic Director's Honor Roll and is a nominee for the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® team.

2005-06 Campus/Community Service: Garnett tutors youngsters at Neely Elementary School in St. Joseph and helped with Missouri Western's "Night Out on the Griffs" program, sponsored by the Western SAAC.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments: Garnett has 12 career tournament victories over four seasons at Western... He has played in four straight NCAA Division II regional tournaments and has two wins... Garnett is a three-time winner of the MIAA Championships and was named the MIAA's Player of the Year in 2006 (first time the award was presented)... Garnett is a two-time PING Division II All-America selection as selected by the Collegiate Golf Coaches Association of America, earning honorable mention accolades in 2004 and first-team accolades in 2005... Garnett is a two-time member of the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII At-Large team and is a three-time member of the Western Dean's List... Garnett has also been named to the MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll, the Missouri Western Dean's and MWSU President's List three times... In 2004, Garnett advanced to the quarterfinals of the Missouri Amateur Stroke-Play Championships held in St. Louis.

Josh Lamberson
Senior -- Northwest Missouri State
Football -- Wilber, Neb.
Corporate recreation major -- 4.00 cumulative GPA

2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments: 2005 Harlon Hill nominee... 2005 Second Team All-MIAA selection at quarterback 2005 Daktronics Second Team All-Southwest Region... 2005 Football Gazette All-America Third-Team Offense Ranked 18th in the nation in passing efficiency (150.5) and 30th in total offense (249.9) as a senior... Was the top passer in the MIAA in yards per game (251.1)... Threw for at least one touchdown in 26 straight games (not including injured game in 2004) to end his career... As a starter, Lamberson was 24-6 Set single-season school record in passing yards (3,766) and completions (324)... His 33-of-49 effort for 326 yards in the National Championship set a game-record for completions, which also tied a school record ­ he was named the National Championship MVP... Tied NCAA-II record for 12 games in a season over 200 yards passing... Was fourth on the MIAA career charts (all games) in passing yards (8,064) and sixth in total offense (8,064) and ninth in total offense (regular season games) with 6,777 and 10th in passing yards with 6,000 Holds six career games of 300-plus passing yards, including 311 against Washburn in the 2005 playoffs... Hit for his fourth career four-TD contest versus Washburn... Had a 3.7-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio... Earned Homecoming MVP (Don Black Award) honors for his record-setting effort against Central Missouri (Oct. 22) Finished first in Northwest career annals (all games) with a 65.8 completion percentage, completions and total offense and fell just one touchdown shy of the career mark with 65 and his 7,365 passing yards were 81 shy of the all-time record.

2005-06 Academic Accomplishments: 2005 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® of the Year in the College Division... 2005 First-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America®... Semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy (Academic "Heisman")... 2005 MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll Graduated Summa Cum Laude (Perfect GPA) MIAA Presidential Scholar (4.0 GPA) MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll 2005 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII College Division First Team.

2005-06 Campus/Community Service: Blue Key National Honor Fraternity President Cardinal Key National Honor Fraternity Vice President Omicron Delta Kappa Student Representative National Collegian Scholars Student Advisory Committee Outstanding Achievement for Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges Football Coach for 3rd-5th graders Quarterback Academy Instructor Mortar Board Phi Eta Sigma Leadership Society Student Representative for British-American Study Community Service Volunteer Reading is Leading Participant Peer Mentor Big Brother/Big Sister Program D.A.R.E Model Community Cleanup Volunteer Education in America Speaker Sunday School Teacher Elementary School Volunteer.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments: Team captain for two years Homecoming King in 2005-06 Named Team Offensive MVP as a senior 2001 Kermie Schneider Award (Outstanding Northwest Freshman Football Player) 2005 Harlon Hill nominee... 2004 and 2005 Second Team All-MIAA selection 2005 Daktronics Second Team All-Southwest Region... 2005 Football Gazette All-America Third-Team Offense Two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® MIAA Presidential Scholar (4.0 GPA) all four seasons Two -time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District College Division First Team... Blue Key National Honor Fraternity President Cardinal Key National Honor Fraternity Vice President Omicron Delta Kappa Student Representative National Collegian Scholars Student Advisory Committee Outstanding Achievement for Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges Football Coach for 3rd-5th graders Quarterback Academy Instructor Mortar Board Phi Eta Sigma Leadership Society Student Representative for British-American Study Community Service Volunteer Reading is Leading Participant Peer Mentor Big Brother Big Sister Program D.A.R.E Model Community Cleanup Volunteer Education in America Speaker Sunday School Teacher Elementary School Volunteer.

Ryan Meredith
Junior · Pittsburg State
Football · Bartlesville, Okla.
Management major
3.919 cumulative GPA

2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments: Earned NCAA Division II All-America honors for a second straight year as a defensive end for the Gorillas named to the honorable mention All-America squad by Football Gazette, after recording 68 tackles (35 solo) with 15 tackles-for-loss (-66 yards) and 9.5 quarterback sacks (-60 yards), helping Pitt State post a 10-4 record and advance to the NCAA-II national quarterfinals garnered All-MIAA honors for a third straight season, including first-team All-MIAA accolades for a second straight year ranked 4th in the MIAA in quarterback sacks and 6th in the conference in tackles-for-loss.

2005-06 Academic Accomplishments: Earned first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors for a second straight year garnered MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition for a second straight year also will be named to the MIAA All-Academic Team for 2005-06 next month earned All-A Scholastic Honors during the Fall 2005 semester.

2005-06 Campus/Community Service: Served as President of the PSU chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, organizing weekly meetings and activities... Spoke at several area high schools for FCA Youth Rallies... Also involved in Pittsburg YMCA Youth Football Clinics... A member of PSU's Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments: A two-time NCAA Division II All-America defensive end earned 1st-team All-America honors from Daktronics and 2nd-team All-America honors from Football Gazette in 2004, helping the Gorillas post a 14-1 record and reach the NCAA-II National Championship Game a three-time All-MIAA performer -- earned honorable mention All-MIAA in 2003, 1st-team All-MIAA in 2004 has recorded 182 tackles (100 solo) with 48 TFLs and 26.5 quarterback sacks in 41 career games earned 1st-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors as a sophomore in 2004 a two-year member of the MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (2004-05) and soon-to-be two-year member of the MIAA All-Academic Team (2005-06) three-year President of the PSU chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2003-pres.) highly involved in the chapter's daily activities all three years with numerous speaking engagements a four-year member of the PSU FCA Chapter also active in Pittsburg's YMCA Youth Football Clinics the past four years.

Women's Nominees
Kristin Anderson
Senior -- Central Missouri State
Indoor Track & Field -- Richfield, Ohio
Marketing major -- 3.97 GPA

2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments: Anderson won the national championship in the 5,000-meter run at the 2006 NCAA-II Indoor Championships... She was the overall high-point individual at the 2006 MIAA Indoor Championships, winning the mile run, the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter run.

2005-06 Academic Accomplishments: Kristin is a nominee for Academic All-America honors this season, and will be on the Academic All-MIAA and MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll squads... She received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

2005-06 Campus/Community Service: She volunteered with "The Breakers," a spring mission sponsored by the Christian Campus House that built a house in Atlanta, Ga.... She volunteers with the youth choir at First Baptist Church, where she also serves as a volunteer counselor at Camp Wilderness... Anderson is an active member of the Baptist Student Union, she also participates in the CMSU Literacy Team ­ a program that reads to and then donates books to area elementary schools... She was a nominee for the Charno award at CMSU for outstanding senior and was named the CMSU Co-Female Athlete of the Year.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments: Kristin was the high-point individual at the 2004 MIAA Outdoor Championships with 30 points, as she won the 3,000, the 5,000, and the 3,000-meter steeplechase... She has twice finished second at the NCAA-II Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase (2003 and 2004), twice won the MIAA Cross Country title (2003 and 2004), and has earned All-MIAA honors in cross country and track & field 25 times... Kristin earned All-America honors in cross country by placing 15th at the national championships... She was second in the South Central Regional, and won the MIAA cross country title she was the high-point individual at both the 2005 MIAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships indoors, she won the 3,000 and the 5,000, and was second in the mile (28 team points) outdoors, she won the 3,000, the 10,000, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and was second in the 5,000 (38 team points) she also earned All-America honors during the indoor season by placing fifth in the 5,000 she led CMSU to a sweep of the MIAA titles last year, as the Jennies won the Cross Country, Indoor, and outdoor team titles, the first time a school has accomplished that feat since 2000... She has qualified for the NCAA-II Outdoor Championships in the 3,000, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 5,000... Anderson won the national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:32.92) at the 2005 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships... She has been Academic All-MIAA three times and has been selected CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® twice, being named to the first team in 2004-05 and received third-team honors in 2003-04 and has been a member of the Dean's List every semester at CMSU.

Iashia Castle
Senior · Missouri Southern
Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field · Kansas City, Mo.
Accounting & business management major
3.935 cumulative GPA

2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments: Earned All-America honors in the triple jump during indoor season with an eighth-place finish at the national meet... won MIAA indoor triple jump championship... scored 25.5 points (of team's 88 total) for MSSU at conference indoor championships... also finished as indoor MIAA runner-up in the 400-meter dash and was third in the long jump... ran the anchor leg on MSSU's third-place 4x400-meter relay team at the conference indoor meet... named MIAA Athlete of the Week on Feb. 6 for women's indoor track... during the 2006 indoor season alone, she had five of the school's top eight best-ever marks in the triple jump, including the Nos. 3 & 4 marks (39 feet, 4.5 inches & 39 feet, 4 inches)... joined former MSSU All-American Tongula Walker (who competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials) as the only Lions to ever eclipse 39 feet in the triple jump indoors... on MSSU's 2006 indoor performance list (including current MSSU athletes only), she had each of the team's top four 400-meter dash times, five of the top seven (including the top two) long jumps, and each of the top eight triple jump marks... outdoors, was MIAA runner-up in the triple jump... also earned outdoor all-conference honors in the 400 (fifth place) and as the anchor runner on the third-place 4x400-meter relay team... scored 11.5 points (of MSSU's 64.5) at MIAA Outdoor Championships... currently ranks 14th nationally outdoors in the triple jump... on MSSU 2006 outdoor performance list (including current MSSU athletes only, and through 5/10/06), she held each of the top five 400-meter dash times, each of the top four triple jump marks and four of the top eight long jumps... on MSSU's all-time outdoor performance lists, her long jump of 18-7.25 this year from the Wichita State K.T. Woodman Track Classic ranks ninth (Tongula Walker is the only other athlete to appear on that list)... named the 2006 winner of MSSU's E.O. & Virginia Humphrey Award, given annually to the Lions' Student-Athlete of the Year.

2005-06 Academic Accomplishments: A member of MSSU's honors program... named MSSU's 2006 Accounting Major of the Year... named the Cox Outstanding Honors Co-Graduate of the Year at MSSU... earned MSSU's Glenn Dolence Leadership Award... Alpha Chi National Honor Society... Omicron Delta Kappa member... member of the Dean's Honor Roll... will be an MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selection... will be an Academic All-MIAA performer... nominated for CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors.

2005-06 Campus/Community Service: Member of Southern IMPACT... member of Accounting Club... Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member... participated in NCAA Leadership Conference in the summer of 2005... volunteer for Big Brothers & Big Sisters... volunteer for Children's Miracle Network... volunteer for Special Olympics... LEAP Accounting Competition (Feb. 2006)... assisted with September donation collection for those impacted in the gulf coast region by Hurricane Katrina... assisted with MSSU Canned Food Drive.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments: Fourteen-time All-MIAA performer in indoor and outdoor track & field (four times in triple jump, four times in 400m, three times in 4x400, three times in long jump)... two-time MIAA outdoor runner-up in triple jump (2005, 2006)... will be a three-time MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selection and a three-time Academic All-MIAA performer... a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Second-Team selection in 2005... seven-time member of the dean's honor roll... on national dean's list in spring 2003... served as treasurer for Southern IMPACT (Fall 2002-Fall 2004)... part of the school-record-setting MSSU distance medley relay team in 2005... didn't decide to attend MSSU until June following her high school senior year, making it too late to be awarded a scholarship by the honors program -- however, she later become one of the very few to have been offered a scholarship by the honors program after her initial acceptance to the school.

Sarah Shearman
Junior · Truman
Volleyball · Manchester, Mo.
Psychology (pre-elementary education) major
3.83 cumulative GPA

2005-06 Athletic Accomplishments: A first-team All-American... a first-team All-MIAA selection... an all-region pick... named to the all-tournament teams at the NCAA Division II regional and the NCAA-II Elite Eight... named MVP of the Minnesota-Duluth Tournament, which included five teams ranked among the top-11 in the country at the time... twice named Wilson/MIAA Hitter of the Week... ranked fourth in the MIAA in kills, eighth in points and hitting percentage, and tenth in digs... led the team with 3.84 kills and 4.00 digs a game... one of two Bulldogs to average 4.00 digs for a season since rally scoring rules were put into place... led Truman in kills in 23 matches... also led the Bulldogs in digs in 12 matches... recorded double-figure kills in 31 of 38 matches and had double-figure digs in 28 matches... twice recorded 20 or more kills and eight times went over the 20 dig mark... had 25 double-doubles on the year... in the postseason, averaged 4.05 kills and 4.71 digs a game... had 20 kills in both the MIAA semifinal and finals... recorded a career-high 30 digs in the NCAA-II quarterfinals... hit over .350 in both the South Central regional semifinal and final matches... led Truman to a 32-6 overall record, an MIAA tournament championship and an NCAA Division II South Central Region championship... during the season, helped Truman be ranked first in the nation for the first time in school history and finish the year with a number four national ranking... helped Truman defeat 11 nationally-ranked opponents, including eight wins against teams ranked among the top-11 in the nation in the final poll... helped Truman keep its streak of 44 straight weeks among the top-10 volleyball teams in the nation, the longest current streak in the country... led Truman to ranking sixth in the nation in kills, 27th in digs and 28th in hitting percentage.

2005-06 Academic Accomplishments: Named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII second-team, one of four juniors to be named to either the first or second-team (only seniors or grad students were named to the first-team)... named to the MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... will be named to the Academic All-MIAA team later this summer... named to the Truman dean's list in the Fall semester.

2005-06 Campus/Community Service: A member of Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) which does various service projects for the school and the community... through the years, some random CCF services include baby sitting, baking and driving international students... also a volunteer child care provider at her church.

Career Athletic, Academic and Service Accomplishments: In 2004, was a second-team All-America, an all-region pick, a first-team All-MIAA selection, a Wilson/MIAA Hitter of the Week winner once and was named to the all-tournament teams at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, the NCAA-II regional and the Henderson (Ark.) State tournament... that year, led the team in kills and points, and in the MIAA, ranked fifth in kills and sixth in points and hitting percentage... in 2003, was named MIAA Freshman of the Year, regional Freshman of the Year and national Freshman of the Year... was also an honorable mention All-MIAA and all-region selection and was named to the Missouri Western all- tournament team... finished that year fourth in the MIAA in kills and sixth in points... academically, was named to the 2004 CoSIDA academic all-district second-team, the 2004 MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and the 2004 and 2005 Academic All-MIAA team... in her three years at Truman, the volleyball team has gone 100-12, won two MIAA championships, three MIAA tournament championships, advanced to three NCAA-II tournaments and two NCAA-II Elite Eight Tournaments, including the 2004 NCAA-II Championship match... she is on pace to shatter Truman's career kills per game record and will likely become just the third Truman player in history to record 1,500 career kills and digs... has worked as a sports counselor the past few summers in basketball and volleyball... a worship committee board member at her church from 2003-04... a 2004 Caregiver for DivorceCare... attended a 2004 CCF Servant Event Trip, which aided a camp in Oklahoma for a week... in 2004, spoke to 100 local youth at a Kirksville High FCA Kickoff.

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