CATSPY Awards Presented Tuesday Night
The University of Kentucky Athletics Association presented 26 honors at the fifth-annual CATSPY Awards, held Tuesday at Rupp Arena to recognize athletic and academic performance from April 2006 through April 2007. A total of five teams and 29 individuals were recognized.
Baseball and women's soccer won the Male and Female Team of the Year awards for Southeastern Conference championships in their respective sports in 2006. The Mr. and Miss Wildcat Awards went to Nathan Li of men's soccer and Ashley Fertic of softball for their all-around excellence in athletics, academics, character, and service.
The K-Association Female Athlete of the Year went to softball slugger Brooke Marnitz while the K-Association Male Athlete of the Year was given to quarterback Andre' Woodson for leading the football team to its best season in 22 years.
The Male Performance of the Year Award went to John Richardson in track and field for his feats at the 2006 SEC Outdoor Track Championships. Richardson won the 1,500-meter run and placed second in the 800-meter run, with both events coming on the same day. The Female Performance of the Year Award was received by swimmers Jennifer Bradford, Heather Bradford, Nikia Deveaux, and Lauren Willis for winning the 200-yard freestyle relay at the SEC Championships, the first SEC relay title in school history.
The Academic Teams of the Year were men's soccer and softball. The Scholar-Athletes of the Year were Julie Gagnon of volleyball and Nick Reeves in track and field.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to UK President Dr. Lee T. Todd for his support of the Wildcat athletic programs since his term began in 2001.