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Individual Athlete Awards

Kent State University students not only excel in the classroom, they exceed on fields and courts.  Listed below are the most recent National Championship, All-American and Player of the Year recipients.

National Champion

  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Danniel Thomas (2017)
    NCAA Division I Women's Shot Put National Championship
  • Wrestling, Dustin Kilgore (2011)
    NCAA Champion at 197 pounds: Pinned Oklahoma State's Clayton Foster in the finals... defeated No. 1 seed Cam Simaz 10-9 in semifinals, became first national champion in program history, became first national champion in any sport at Kent State since 1973, first MAC wrestler to win NCAA title since 1999, became just the second two-time All-American in school history.

All-American

  • Field Hockey, Hannah Faulkner (2014), Ines Delpech (2016)
  • Women’s Soccer, Jenna Hellstrom (2016), Paige Culver (2018)
  • Gymnastics, Rachel Stypinski (2017, 2018)
  • Men’s Indoor Track & Field, William Barnes (2016), Donavan Tolbert (2016), Reggie Jagers (2017), TJ Lawson (2018), Craig Stevens (2018)
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Dior Delophont (2015), Danniel Thomas (2017), Gabrielle Figueroa (2018)
  • Wrestling, Ian Miller (2015, 2016), Mike DePalma (2016), Kyle Conel (2018)
  • Baseball, Eric Lauer (2016), Eli Kraus (2016), Joey Murray (2017, 2018)
  • Men’s Golf, Ian Holt (2017, 2018), Chase Johnson (2018)
  • Women’s Golf, Pimnipa Panthong (2017, 2018) 
  • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Matthias Tayala (2015), Matthew Tobin (2015), Andrew O’Leary (2015), Danny Young (2015), Miles Dunlap (2015), Reggie Jagers (2016, 2017), Jesse Oxley (2016), Donavan Tolbert (2016), Craig Stevens (2017, 2018), Samory Fraga (2017), T.J. Lawson (2017, 2018), Riak Resse (2018)
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Dior Delophont (2015), Jackie Leppelmeier (2016), Danniel Thomas (2017), Gabrielle Figueroa (2018)
  • Softball, Holly Speers (2018)

Player of the Year

  • Field Hockey, Hannah Faulkner (2014)
  • Women’s Soccer, Jenna Hellstrom (2015, 2016), Paige Culver (2018)
  • Volleyball, Challen Geraghty (2015)
  • Women’s Basketball, Larissa Lurken (2017)
  • Gymnastics, Rachel Stypinski (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Reggie Jagers (2017)
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Dior Delophont (2015), Danniel Thomas (2015, 2017), Riak Reese (2018)
  • Baseball, Eric Lauer (2016), Joey Murray (2017, 2018), Khaliq Spicer (2017)
  • Men’s Golf, Chase Johnson (2016), Ian Holt (2017, 2018), Joey Murray (2018)
  • Women’s Golf, Josee Doyon (2015), Taylor Kim (2016), Pimnipa Panthong (2017, 2018)
  • Softball, Emma Johnson (2015), Maddy Grimm (2017), Holly Speers (2018)
  • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Wayne Gordon (2015), Matthias Tayala (2015), William Barnes (2016), Reggie Jagers (2017), Riak Reese (2018)
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Dior Delophont (2015), Danniel Thomas (2017)