May 31, 2011
Soy named finalist for MIAA's top student-athlete
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior-to-be Jake Soy has been named one of three male finalists for the Ken B. Jones Award given annually to the MIAA's student-athlete of the year. The announcement came Monday from the league office.
Former Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski and former Pittsburg State second baseman Taylor Sibala are the other two male finalists. Central Missouri's Lindsay Lettow (track and field), Washburn's Molly Smith (volleyball) and Emporia State's Alli Volkens (basketball) are the female finalists. The winners will be announced June 9 at the annual MIAA Awards Dinner hosted by the Kansas City Mariott hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
If selected, Soy would be the fifth Bearcat to win the award joining Tucker Woolsey (2002), Clint Prange (2005), Josh Lamberson (2006) and last year's winner Myles Burnsides. It would mark the sixth year in a row that a football player would have claimed the honor.
The award, which is in its 18th 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 13-member panel of athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors - including a representative from each member institution - selects the finalists.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility during the 2010-11 academic year.
Soy has maintained a 3.79 grade-point average while working to obtain degrees in business management and marketing. He is the 2009 National Wide Receiver of the Year and a two-time, first-team All-MIAA honoree. His 40 touchdown receptions ties the league's record and ranks 20th in Division II history.
This past season, Soy caught 83 passes for 1,311 yards and caught 12 touchdowns. He led the Bearcats to their fifth consecutive MIAA championship and to the program's sixth consecutive regional title.
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