OGDEN -- The Big Sky Conference announced the 2012 Scholar Athlete Award winners this week, naming two seniors from each school for their overall efforts.
Weber State's track sprinter Kristen Billings and men's basketball player Darin Mahoney were named winners of the annual award based upon athletic and academic performance during the 2011-12 school year.
To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2, be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the institution, and be a letterwinner.
Billings, of Kaysville, is majoring in human performance management.
Billings was one of the top 100 and 200 meter runners in the Big Sky this year but was injured on the final day of the conference championships. Her personals bests (11.91 and 24.37) are top 10 all-time WSU marks.
Mahoney, of Heber city, majored in integrated health studies and is working on an MBA in health adminstration.
He set a Weber State and Big Sky record by playing in 123 career games for the Wildcats, more than any player in the history of the conference. He finished his career second in WSU school history in career blocks with 100. He also finished 14th in school history in career rebounds with 570.
Eastern Washington--Shene Davis, track and field; Bowe Ebding, cross country/track and field; Idaho State--Karissa Legaux, volleyball; Trevor White, track and field; Montana--Nicole Ennen, track and field; Bryan Waldhauser, football; Montana State--Katie Bussey, women's basketball; Asa Staven, track and field;
Northern Arizona--Kristin Jones, swimming/diving; Pascal Tang, track and field; Northern Colorado, cross Country/track and field; Joe Willman, baseball; Portland State--Eryn Jones, women's basketball; Drew Hubel, football; Sacramento State--Eryn Kirby, volleyball; Jake Croxdale, football.