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As another year of Bobcat Athletics begins, the process of reviewing and learning from the past year remains one of my favorite and most important moments of the summer. Last year was a year of challenges as well as celebrations.
The achievements of our student-athletes stand as the biggest celebration of all. Again this year, Bobcat student-athletes comprised over ten percent of the prestigious Awards of Excellence given to seniors on campus for excellence in academics and community service. Fifth-year senior football player Elliott Barnhart was awarded the Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award, exemplifying the best of the best on campus serving the greater community. He also received recognition for his academic research.
For me, the best part of any year is watching our student-athletes grow from the young people who arrive on our campus into people that will make an impact on the world around them. One of these was senior distance runner Elisabeth Driscoll who was honored as the 2009 A.L.L. Star, the student-athlete who served the most hours of community service. Not only did she excel in service, but she was also honored as an Academic All-American for the second time in mechanical engineering, and earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors every semester of attendance at MSU. In addition, she was a three-time all-conference selection in cross country.
There is a lot to be excited about. Our coaches and staff are committed to honoring the mission of Bobcat Athletics: to foster excellence in academic and athletic performance. Our A.L.L. Challenge has set a goal this year to donate 3000 hours of service to the Gallatin Valley.
Our biggest achievement continues to be the contributions of our student-athletes make to MSU, to the Bozeman community and to their friends and families. We thank you, our fans, our friends, and our community, for supporting us in this mission of fostering excellence.
Peter Fields, Director of Athletics