OGDEN, Utah - The Weber State University Athletic Department recently held its annual year-end Athletic Awards Banquet to honor the teams and individual athletic accomplishments during the past year. Highlighting the banquet was the presentation of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards and the Female and Male Career Achievement Awards.
In conjunction with the Crystal Crest Awards for the WSU campus, football senior Joe Collins was selected as the 2010-11 Male Athlete of the Year, and sophomore Sarah Callister (track and field and cross country) was named the Female Athlete of the Year.
Collins, a native of Seaside, California, was a unanimous selection to the Big Sky All-Conference First Team, one of seven players in the league to be a unanimous selection last season. He earned Third Team All-American honors from The Sports Network and Phil Steele. Joe played in all 11 games for the Wildcats during the season and led the Big Sky and was eighth in the nation in receiving yards per game at 95.1 and ranked third in the league in receptions per game at 5.5. He was also tenth in the conference in all-purpose yards at 95.5 and recorded six touchdowns during the season. Joe finished the season with 61 receptions, the ninth most in WSU single-season history and had 1,046 receiving yards, the 12th most in WSU single-season history.
Ogden native Sarah Callister won two events and was named Big Sky Athlete of the Meet at the 2010 Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Weber State. She took first place in the 5,000 meters and also took first place in the 10,000 meters. During the season she set a new WSU freshman record in the 10,000 meters during the season with a time of 34:33.37 and recorded the fifth best time in school history in the 5,000 meters. In Cross Country she was WSU's top runner in all four meets throughout the season, before getting hurt just before the conference championships. She was named Big Sky Runner of the Week three times during the year. So far in the 2011 outdoor track season Sarah has qualified for conference in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. She posted the third best time in school history in the 10,000 meters and currently leads the Big Sky in the event.
In addition to the Athletes of the Year, Weber State honored two seniors who finished their careers and were awarded with the Career Achievement Award. Cameron Higgins (football) was the male recipient and Caitlin Anderson (women's basketball) received the female honor.
Higgins, a native of Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, finished his career with the Wildcats as one of the greatest players in school history. In his four years with the 'Cats he played in 48 games, the most career games ever played by a WSU quarterback. He started in 43 of those 48 games. He set school records for most career passing yards (12,274), most career touchdowns passes (98), most career total touchdowns (105), most career pass completions (935), and career passing efficiency rating (144.5). His 98 career touchdown passes is also the most in Big Sky Conference history. His 12,261 yards of total offense is the third most in Big Sky history and his 105 touchdowns is tied for the second most in the conference history.
Anderson, a native of Reno, Nevada, played four years for the Wildcat women's basketball team and leaves Weber State as the school's 12th best career scorer with over 1,200 career points. She also ranks ninth in school history in career rebounds with 693. She is number one all-time in three-point field goal percentage at 41.3 percent and is seventh in rebounds per game. Caitlin started 95 of her 110 career games and had 63 games in double figure scoring and 19 career double-doubles. She earned All-Big Sky honors three times in her career.
During the Athletic Awards Banquet, Weber State also honored the outstanding performances, All-Conference honors, and team MVP's for each of the 16 NCAA sponsored sports at Weber State.
The MVPs for each sport for the 2010-11 season were as follows:
Women's Outdoor Track and Field - Sarah Callister - Sophomore - Ogden, Utah
Men's Outdoor Track and Field - Tyler McBee - Senior - Beaverton, Oregon
Volleyball - Bethany Wray - Freshman - West Haven, Utah
Soccer - Ari Wood - Junior - Bountiful, Utah
Football - (Co-Offensive MVPs - Joe Collins - Senior - Seaside, Californa and J.C. Oram - Junior - Slatverville, Utah) (Defensive MVP - Taylor Sedillo - Senior - Salt Lake City, Utah)
Men's Cross Country - Brett Hales - Junior - Ogden, Utah
Women's Cross Country - Natalie Haws - Junior - Kaysville, Utah
Women's Basketball - Caitlin Anderson - Senior - Reno, Nevada
Men's Basketball - (Co MVP's - Kyle Bullinger - Junior - Mountain View, Wyoming and Lindsey Hughey - Senior - Grand Prairie, Texas)
Women's Indoor Track and Field - Amber Henry - Sophomore - Mountain View, Wyoming
Men's Indoor Track and Field - Zach Parry - Junior - Taylorsville, Utah
Women's Tennis - Brittiny Moore - Junior - Meridian, Idaho
Men's Tennis - Simon Unger - Junior - Moenchengladbach, Germany
Women's Golf - Kelsey Adams - Senior - Pleasant View, Utah
Men's Golf - MVP will be announced at the conclusion of the season.
Softball - MVP will be announced at the conclusion of the season.