FORD, PERRY VOTE ATHLETE UT MARTIN OF THE YEAR FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON
MARTIN, Tennessee – The University of Tennessee at the Martin Track and Field Department and its lead partner, Leaders Credit Union, announced a cross country / track star Ryan ford as Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year and Female Basketball Star Chelsey perry as Bettye Giles Female Athlete of the Year for the 2020-2021 campaign.
Ford won the Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year Award against finalists Winston Cannon (baseball), Colton Dowell (football) and Nick Wolf (golf). Perry topped the shortlist for the Bettye Giles Female Athlete of the Year Award, which included Kaitlyn Kelley (softball), Hannah McDonald (horseback riding) and Emely van der Vliet (football).
“Although we were unable to have our annual UTMmy again this season, we are happy to continue the tradition of nominating Athletes of the Year,” UT Sporting Director Martin Kurt mcguffin mentionned. “I give our kids a ton of credit for competing through a tough season – we really had a great pool of nominees for our most prestigious individual awards. Ryan and Chelsey both had terrific individual seasons and ended their Skyhawk careers with Ohio Valley Conference titles. Congratulations to our winners. “
Ford concluded a decorated career by becoming the first player in program history to be named OVC Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year. He also won a pair of OVC Outdoor Championship medals and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East this season. In cross country, he won his second All-OVC first-team title after finishing fourth at the league championships with a time of 26: 51.3. The Huntsville, Ala., Native won a pair of OVC Runner of the Week honors after recording event titles at the SEMO Redhawks XC Invite with an 8km time in 24: 16.4 while posting a blazing 4.5 miles from 22: 41.8 at the Golden Eagle Invitational.
During the outdoor track slate, Ford posted a banner weekend with two podiums – including its first OVC title – at the OVC Outdoor Championship. He won the 5km title with a time of 14: 25.99 while finishing second in the 10km clocking 29: 55.7 for his third career medal at the OVC Championships. He leaves UT Martin firmly anchored in the program’s record books with four of the top 10 cross-country times while holding school records in the 3km indoor (8: 16.13), 5km indoor (14:37). , 13), 5 km outdoors (14: 07.44) and 10 km outdoors (29: 19.55).
“I am honored to accept the Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year award,” said Ford. “When I was a rookie, I thought I had found a program that cared about my personal development and had what I needed to be a successful student-athlete. I am grateful to all the UTM athletic staff who helped me along the way, for my UTM teammates and coaches for believing in me, and my high school coach, Coach Marty, for m ‘have put on the right path to success. I am also especially grateful for my parents who have supported me over the years and for all the Gatorades that they have bought on the team. Thanks and go Skyhawks! “
Perry won his second straight Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and third All-OVC selection after averaging 22.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season . A senior forward from Middleton, Tennessee, she became the program’s first selection in the WNBA Draft and the OVC’s first since 2003 after being caught with the 26e overall choice by Indiana Fever. She was named the semi-finalist of Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year and also secured a Top 10 spot on the Katrina McClain Award watchlist for the country’s best power forward. She led the OVC in scores (22.9 points per game), field goal percentage (50.2) and field goals (164) while also ranking among the league leaders. in percentage of free throws (83.3, third), blocks per game (1.7, third), defensive rebounds per game (5.7, fourth) rebounds per game (7.2, sixth) and three goals on the field per game (1.8, eighth).
Perry has been named the OVC Player of the Week five times while helping the Skyhawks reach an overall record of 22-6 and the second in a row at the OVC regular season championships. She leaves UT Martin as the program’s all-time leader with 228 career blocks while placing third in points (1963), fourth in field goals (733), fourth in rebounds (768), fifth for free throws taken (368) and eighth. in three pointers does (129).
“First of all I would like to thank God for allowing me to have the athletic ability that I have and secondly the whole UT Martin community, family, teammates and coaches because I wouldn’t have could have gotten here without you, ”Perry said. “To my coaches, thank you for pushing me to be the best player I can be and to my teammates for raising me and expecting great things. Thank you to everyone for allowing me to be nominated twice in a row for Female Athlete of the Year, I couldn’t have gotten it without you guys. Go Skyhawks! “