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Press Release

June 10, 2010

Burnsides is MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Ken B. Jones Award Winners Cassondra Boston and Myles Burnsides

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State football standout Myles Burnsides was named the 2010 Ken B. Jones Award Winner Thursday at the annual MIAA Awards Dinner hosted by the Kansas City Mariott Hotel. The award is presented annually to the league's male and female student-athletes of the year. Emporia State point guard Cassondra Boston was the female award winner.

Burnsides is the fourth Bearcat to earn the award in the last nine years. He joins Tucker Woolsey (2002, track and field), Clint Prange (2005, track and field) and Josh Lamberson (2006, football) as Northwest honorees.

Burnsides beat out two other finalists in Washburn senior linebacker Zach Watkins and Nebraska-Omaha junior tight end Mike Higgins. Central Missouri senior setter Caitlin Pankratz and Missouri Southern senior cross country and track and field standout Kimi Shank were finalists on the women's side.

The award, which is in its 17th year, 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.

A 12-member panel of athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors - including a representative from each member institution - selected the finalists. The candidates were judged on academic achievement, athletic success and community service.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have had at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2009-10 academic year.

Burnsides earned his bachelor's degree with a 3.90 grade-point average and carries a 3.86 average while working to obtain a master's degree in business administration. He is a three-time, first-team All-MIAA choice, a two-time All-American and in 2008 was named the National Defensive Player of the Year - the first in program history.

Burnsides finished a four-year career with 294 tackles, the most by a defensive back and eighth-most in program history. His 16 interceptions are third-most in program history. Burnsides played in 59 collegiate games, started in four national championship contests and went 37-0 against MIAA opponents.

Burnsides Upon Receiving the Award:

"I want to thank the MIAA, its SIDs and its athletic directors. It's an honor to win the Ken B. Jones Award and I actually had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Jones well. As my next door neighbor, I can remember the many times he would come over and help me with whatever sport I was trying to play that particular day.

"I am truly blessed to not only have Mr. Jones as a neighbor, but to also have MIAA Hall of Famer Ryland Milner as the other neighbor next door. As I grew up, Ken and Ryland were the first to keep up with everything that I was doing while also trying to offer extra coaching points whenever necessary. I know that today, they are both smiling down on me as my career has come full circle to the men that helped me begin it.

"I was truly blessed to have two great coaches as neighbors growing up that taught me endless tips to perfect every sport. Above all, those two individuals left me with their incredible love for the game and for that I give thanks."

Other Men's Nominees
Brennan Benkert, Senior, Missouri Southern, Cross Country/Track & Field, St. Clair, Mo.
Jay Nuñez, Senior, Pittsburg State, Football, Alva, Okla.
Chance Tuttle, Senior, Central Missouri, Baseball, Sapulpa, Okla.

Other Women's Nominees
Katrina Biermann, Senior, Truman, Track & Field, Liberty, Mo.
Emily Churchman, Senior, Northwest Missouri, Track & Field, Parkville, Mo.
Kate Hampson, Senior, Washburn, Volleyball, Fort Collins, Colo.
Shannon Pivovar, Senior, Missouri Western, Softball, Omaha, Neb.
Anja Puc, Junior, Nebraska-Omaha, Track & Field, Medvode, Slovenia
Darcie Schmitz, Junior, Fort Hays State, Indoor Track & Field, Baileyville, Kan.

Previous Award Winners

1993-94 Michael Obertop, SBU, Tennis
1994-95 Bob Poisal, UCM, Baseball
1995-96 Michael Dritlein, WU, Football
1996-97 Aaron Christensen, UCM, Baseball
1997-98 Brian Moorman, PSU, Football/Track & Field*+
1998-99 Brian Moorman, PSU, Football/Track & Field
1999-2000 Jason Reinberg, TSU, Basketball
2000-01 Matt Meyr, MSSU, Baseball & Clint Steiner, UCM, Football
2001-02 Tucker Woolsey, NWMSU, Track & Field
2002-03 Mark Eori, SBU, Tennis*
2003-04 Tyler Paul, ESU, Football
2004-05 Clint Prange, NWMSU, Track & Field
2005-06 Josh Lamberson, NWMSU, Football
2006-07 Ryan Meredith, PSU, Football
2007-08 Nick Smart, SBU, Football
2008-09 Caleb Farabi, PSU, Football

1993-94 Becky Wilson, UMR, Cross Country/Track & Field
1994-95 Shally Lundien, MSSU, Softball
1995-96 Jenny Pracht, PSU, Basketball
1996-97 Deandra Doubrava, ESU, Volleyball/Track & Field*
1997-98 Nikki Olberding, WU, Basketball
1998-99 Julie Cobb, UCM, Softball & Deandra Doubrava, ESU, Track & Field
1999-2000 Leslie Dudley, PSU, Basketball
2000-01 Emily Bloss, ESU, Basketball
2001-02 Jeanette Mott, PSU, Cross Country/Track & Field
2002-03 Sarah Wuertz, ESU, Track & Field
2003-04 Kate Hamera, UMR, Cross Country/Track & Field
2004-05 Sara Murray, TSU, Soccer
2005-06 Kristin Anderson, UCM, Indoor Track & Field
2006-07 Sarah Shearman, TSU, Volleyball
2007-08 Michelle Stueve, ESU, Basketball
2008-09 Venessa Lee, PSU, Cross Country/Track & Field

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