TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department presented Ruel Fox Burns Blankets to seniors Lucinda Combs and Orion Martin to highlight the 2016 Athletic Honors and Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.
The Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, presented to the department's top senior male and female athletes as voted by the coaching staff, has been presented to outstanding Engineer student-athletes since 1968.
Combs was a four-time first-team all-conference selection, a four-time all-region award winner and the two-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Year as the most decorated women's soccer goalkeeper in program history. She ranked in the NCAA Division III national top five in save percentage twice and was also a three-year member of the track and field team. Her career school records include 40 goalkeeping wins, 464 saves, a 0.78 goals against average, a .885 save percentage and 36 shutouts. She also ranks second in school history in the javelin throw.
Martin finished sixth, sixth and seventh nationally in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming National Championships. He was the 4-time CCIW Swimmer of the Year, a CoSIDA Academic All-American and holds or shares nine school records. He also helped the 2015 and 2016 men's teams win the first conference swimming championships in Rose-Hulman history. His performances include 16 all-conference awards and 10 individual or relay conference championship performances.
The athletic department also awarded the Rose-Hulman Varsity R Club Outstanding Senior of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by one male and one female student-athlete during their senior playing seasons.
Football player Aaron Abbott earned two Academic All-American honors in his career and was twice named an all-conference honoree to earn the Men's Varsity R Club honor. He set school records with 218 receptions for 2,509 yards and ranks second in school history with 26 receiving touchdowns. He was a first-team all-HCAC honoree this season after catching 53 passes for 626 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 211 yards and nine more touchdowns. He also earned Academic All-American accolades for the second straight year.
Women's basketball and soccer player Cassidy Cain was named second-team all-HCAC in both of her sports this season to earn the Women's Varsity R Club award. She helped the basketball team win its first ever conference regular season championship and compile a 23-4 record by leading the team in assists. She scored 440 career points with 210 assists and 197 rebounds overall on the hardwood. In soccer, she played the defender position, starting 52 matches in 61 appearances. The soccer team also qualified for two HCAC Tournaments in her career.
The John Logan Award is presented to the student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average and competed in the same sport for four years. For the first time in Rose-Hulman history, three award winners carried perfect 4.0 grade point averages this season.
Women's tennis player Lauren Miller earned three honorable mention all-conference awards as a Fightin' Engineer. Miller ranks ninth in school history in singles winning percentage on the court at .596, and has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biomedical engineering and biochemistry/molecular biology double major to earn the John Logan Award.
Men's tennis player Matt Conrad and football player Chris Sander both captured the men's John Logan Award. Conrad is a three-time first-team all-conference honoree in men's tennis and has competed for two HCAC championship and two NCAA Tournament teams in his career. He also holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in chemical engineering. Sander earned two Academic All-American honors, was a multiple-year all-conference selection, and recorded 182 career tackles as a football defensive back. He also compiled a 4.0 GPA in chemical engineering.
The Samuel Hulbert Award, named for the President at Rose-Hulman who retired after 28 years of service in 2004 and passed away earlier in 2016, is presented to the male and female senior athletes who contribute the most in terms of team spirit, sportsmanship and a determination to succeed.
Men's basketball player standout Tyler Duffy and women's soccer and track standout Mallory McDevitt received the Samuel Hulbert Award. Duffy scored 727 points with 335 rebounds and 269 assists while earning Academic All-American honors. McDevitt is a four-year all-conference and two-time all-region honoree in soccer who also holds the indoor track and field school record in the pole vault at 10' 8". McDevitt was also an Academic All-American.
John and Norma Mutchner received the John Mutchner Award, presented to the couple who have unselfishly given his time and support to the athletic department. Dr. Jeff Justus, a former player under Mutchner, presented the family with the award. Mutchner had a career record of 341-295 in 25 seasons of men's basketball head coaching, including a team that finished 24-4 in 1976-77. Norma was cited for her unending support of Fightin' Engineer teams and individual student-athetes.
Renee Rogge received the Rosie Award, presented to the woman who has unselfishly given time and support to the athletic department. Rogge was cited for her help with the recruiting process to attract student-athletes to campus and her passion for Rose-Hulman that shines through in every interaction with current and potential Fightin' Engineer students.
The Herd received the Jess Lucas Spirit Award, presented annually to an individual or group whose support of the athletic department moves above and beyond the norm. The Herd was founded in the student life department earlier this season and is a student-led organization to promote interest in athletic teams and events. The organization helped lead an overall improved student attendance, enhanced several promotional nights to draw large crowds, and are a fundamental part of the Rose-Hulman fan base moving forward.