Northwest Missouri State quarterback Trevor Adams and softball pitcher Jenna Creger are two of this year's nominees for the 20th annual Ken B. Jones Award that goes out to the top student-athlete in the MIAA.
Adams, who is entering his senior year, is a CoSIDA Academic All-American, a team captain and was nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2012. He's started 19 of Northwest's 27 games at quarterback over the last two seasons.
Last year, Adams completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,515 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Adams is Northwest's first football nominee for the award since Jake Soy in 2011.
Creger recently completed her four-year softball career at Northwest with the most strikeouts, second-most wins and second-most innings pitched in school history.
A three-time honorable mention All-MIAA selection, Creger went 13-11 this past year with a 2.17 ERA. She led Northwest's staff in wins and ERA for the fourth consecutive year.
The remaining male nominees are Emporia State's Ben Carlson (Football), Southwest Baptist's William Shell (Track and Field), Fort Hays State's Alex Hendee (Cross Country/Track and Field), Washburn's Bobby Chipman (Basketball), Central Oklahoma's Cory Dauphin (Wrestling), Lindenwood's Alex Bazzell (Basketball), Central Missouri's Brent Vogel (Track and Field) and Missouri Western's Grant Fink (Baseball).
Other female athletes up for the award are Emporia State's Karley Schmelzer (Softball), Southwest Baptist's Emma Shell (Track and Field), Pittsburg State's Larissa Richards (Track and Field), Fort Hays State's Maddie Holub (Softball), Washburn's Tia Stovall (Soccer), Central Oklahoma's Kacie Edwards (Softball), Truman State's Megan Sharpe (volleyball/basketball) Central Missouri's Kayla Shain (Soccer) and Missouri Western's Natalie Bird (Golf).
Each nominee is judged in four areas: 2012-13 athletic accomplishments; 2012-13 academic accomplishments; 2012-13 campus/community service; and career athletic, academic and service achievements.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average as of April 1, and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2012-13 academic year.
A 16-member panel of athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors – including a representative from each member institution – selects three male and female finalists that will be announced Monday.
Those six individuals are invited to attend the MIAA Award's Ceremony June 6 in Kansas City, during which the male and female winners will be revealed.
—Parts of this were taken from MIAA Sports Information