Top Student-Athletes Honored at 2018 Quakies Awards

2017-18 Athletics Department Award Winners (Emily Zegel '18 photo)
2017-18 Athletics Department Award Winners (Emily Zegel '18 photo)

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Seniors Will Forrestal and Lauren Ramsey both collected two awards Sunday afternoon as Guilford College honored its top student-athletes in its annual program in Dana Auditorium. Guilford athletics staff members nominated and selected top performers from the past year and the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) presented the Quakies Awards for a third straight year.

Forrestal, of the men's lacrosse team, earned the George Wynne Most Improved Athlete Award and was one of six recipients of the Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award, the institution's top athletics honor. Ramsey, of the women's basketball team, also received an English Athletic Leadership Award and was named the Quakers' Best Female Athlete.

Named for one of Guilford's most loyal alumni, the annual Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award recognizes students who display the highest ideals of athletic accomplishment, leadership and academic achievement. In addition to Forrestal and Ramsey, seniors Caleb Anderson, Casey Davis, Sommer Fanney, and Josh Shepherd also won the honor.

Football standout De'Eric Bell took home the Best Male Athlete Award, one of five additional departmental honors given to five student-athletes representing five different teams. Isabel Gutierrez of the women's swimming team collected the Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award. The Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete Award went to women's lacrosse senior Kelly Martin.

Forrestal was duly awarded for his level of play on the field and campus involvement. He started his college career as a reserve attacker for coach Tom Carmean before switching to defense as a sophomore. Forrestal earned a starting role as a junior, set the school record for caused turnovers in a season, and earned Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition.  This year he leads the league in caused turnovers and ranks seventh in ground balls through games of April 21. An accomplished student, Forrestal was named to the 2016-17 Academic All-ODAC Team, is a three-time dean's list student and a four-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll. The criminal justice major is president of Guilford's Pre-Law Club, a tour guide for the Admissions Office, and a SAAC representative.

Ramsey was a four-year starting guard for Stephanie Flamini's basketball team. The Quakers went 80-27 with an ODAC Tournament title and two NCAA Tournament appearances in Ramsey's tenure. She stands 11th in school history with 1,204 career points and ranks among the Quakers' career leaders in minutes played (3rd, 3207), assists (8th, 311), field goals (8th, 489), and blocks (9th, 47). The team captain led the 2017-18 Quakers in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals, which resulted in all-state, all-region and First Team All-ODAC honors. The sixth three-time All-ODAC pick in program history, Ramsey is a two-time dean's list education major and an Academic All-ODAC team member.

Anderson earned an English Athletic Leadership Award in his fourth and final year on coach Danny Cash's cross country and track and field teams. He set career lows in both the five-kilometer (18 minutes, 36.7 seconds) and eight-kilometer (27:39.7) races. Anderson ran a personal-best 3000-meter time of 9:55.90 at the 2018 ODAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. He has served as student representative on Guilford's Clerk's Committee and represents Guilford on the College Commission of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. A three-time Academic All-ODAC selection, Anderson also has five dean's list commendations and seven Guilford Student-Athlete Honor Roll appearances. He will graduate in May with political science and biology degrees.

Bell added Guilford's Best Male Athlete Award to his lengthy list of 2017-18 laurels. The redshirt-junior running back/kick returner for coach Chris Rusiewicz's football team earned First Team NCAA Division III All-America recognition from the American Football Coaches' Association and after setting 12 school standards. Also a First Team All-South and First Team All-ODAC all-purpose back, he set league and school records for all-purpose yardage in a game (424, vs. Methodist) and career (6,237), kick-return touchdowns in a season (3), and punt returns in a game (11, vs. Methodist). Bell led Division III in kick-return touchdowns (3), combined kick-return yardage (1,043), and all-purpose yards (221.10 yards per game). His 424 all-purpose yards against Methodist set the school record and were the most by a Division III football student-athlete in 2017. His 11 punt returns in the game set the Division III mark and helped him earn Week 2 Team of the Week honors. He is one of 59 letter winners due back for next year's football team.

Davis received the English Athletic Leadership Award as a hitter for coach Emily Gann's volleyball team. As a senior, she collected 145 kills, 216 digs, and 26 blocks in 23 matches. The team captain played in 96 career contests and stands ninth among Guilford's career leaders in kills (781) and digs (1003). In 2016, Davis garnered Second Team All-ODAC recognition. She is also a two-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Davis will graduate in May with a double major in health sciences and exercise and sport sciences.

Fanney collected an English Athletic Leadership Award after a record-setting senior year for interim coach Marla Lindsay's cross country and track and field teams. A four-year cross-country runner and a three-year member of the track and field team, Fanney broke five school standards in the 2017-18 seasons.  She set Guilford's cross-country record for six kilometers (23:26.8) and notched the third-fastest five-kilometer (20:12.59) time. During the indoor track and field campaign, Fanney set records in the 400-meter dash (1:06.19), 800 (2:25.99), and the mile (5:23.64) runs. She ran Guilford's first sub-five-minute outdoor 1,500-meter race (4:59.94) March 23 at the Dr. Jack Toms Invitational and turned in the Quakers' second-fastest 800 time (2:27.66) at the same meet. An English major, Fanney has appeared on three Academic All-ODAC teams, seven Guilford Student-Athlete Honor Rolls, and seven dean's lists. She sings with Guilford's Friend Sings My Mind ensemble and is an athletics department photographer.

Gutierrez, winner of the Joyce Sportsmanship Award, completed her fourth year on coach Ashley Cox's swimming team. She had the Quakers' fastest times in five events this season: the 100-yard backstroke, the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and the 100- and 200-yard individual medley. Gutierrez had five top-three finishes in dual-meet competition, including three race victories. The chemistry major is a three-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and received one of 23 2017 Community Impact Awards presented by North Carolina Campus Contact. She served extensively in Guilford's Bonner Scholars Program and was an officer in Guilford's Hispanics Uniting Guilford.

Martin, the Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete, started in her first three years on the lacrosse team before missing her senior season with an injury. She had 24 career points and 35 ground balls over three seasons and helped the team to 21 wins in that time. Martin is a three-time Academic All-ODAC honoree, a seven-time member of Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll, and a seven-time dean's list member. She served as the president of Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2017-18 and was awarded Guilford's 2016 Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award. Also an officer in Guilford's Christian Ministry and part of Guilford's Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Martin will graduate from Guilford's honors program as a double major in exercise and sport sciences and health sciences.


2017-18 Quakies Awards

Presented by Guilford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Gravity Award - Heather Crawford (Senior, volleyball)

Referees' Best Friend Award (student) – Gabriela Silva (Junior, soccer & lacrosse)

Referees' Best Friend Award (coach) – Mark Crisco (men's lacrosse)

Team Support Last Resort Award – Men's lacrosse team

Fan of the Year Award - Josephus Mitchell (Senior, cross country/track and field)

Hype Man Award - Justin Miller (Junior, men's basketball)

Comeback of the Year – Football team vs. Emory & Henry

Extra Mile Award – Ana Fokas (Junior, women's soccer)

Best Guilford Win – Men's golf team in Kinder Invitational


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