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Stelten, Ritter named top 2010-'11 female athletes

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics hosted the 25th Annual Maverick Achievement Awards and Senior Honors Dinner Sunday and Lauren Stelten (Cologne, Minn.) and Kathleen Ritter (Red Wing, Minn.) were awarded the Minnesota State Female Athletics Medal of Honor and Georgene Brock Award, respectively.

2011-05-19
Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletics News Release [5-2-11]

The Minnesota State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics hosted the 25th Annual Maverick Achievement Awards and Senior Honors Dinner Sunday and Lauren Stelten (Cologne, Minn.) and Kathleen Ritter (Red Wing, Minn.) were awarded the Minnesota State Female Athletics Medal of Honor and Georgene Brock Award, respectively.

The Female Athletics Medal of Honor is presented annually to one senior student-athlete and is based solely on athletic achievements. The award has been presented since 1994-95.

Stelten won the 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor championship this past winter in the pole vault, becoming MSU’s third female pole vault national champion. She finished her indoor career as a four-time All-American having earned first (2011), second (2008 and 2010) and sixth (2009). She won the NSIC Indoor Championship in the pole vault in 2011 and 2010 and finished second in 2009 and has had just as much success outdoors as she is three-time Outdoor All-American in the pole vault, finishing second in 2010, fourth in 2009 and 2008. Stelten won the 2010 NSIC Outdoor TF pole vault title after finishing second in 2009.

The Georgene Brock Award (Outstanding Female Senior Student-Athlete Award) is presented annually to the student-athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievements.

Ritter owns a 4.00 grade point average and is majoring in Accounting and Finance. A four-year letterwinner in women’s golf, Ritter was a 2011 Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award recipient and a 2010 NCGA All-Academic Scholar. A five-time member of the Minnesota State Dean’s List, she helped lead the Mavericks to third-place finishes in the 2010 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament and the NCAA Central Region Tournament before the Mavericks placed 11th at the 2010 NCAA national championship tournament. Named NSIC Golfer of the Week in September of 2009 after claiming medalist honors at Mustang Invitational, she has helped lead the Mavericks to a trio of NCAA tournament appearances.

Nominations and selection for both awards was based on votes cast by Minnesota State head coaches and staff.

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