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Mines’ Mitchell wins regional accolades

August 31, 2010 | 11:09 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Former Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer player Kayla Mitchell was selected as one of the 16 regional winners of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

This award, sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, provides the opportunity to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes. Butch Raymond, Division II CCA president and commissioner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, said that the award showcases the academic and athletic talent at the NCAA Division II level.

“The CCA Scholar-Athlete Awards exemplify the balance between academics and athletics that is the cornerstone of Division II,” Raymond said.

The commissioners from the regions that comprise the Division II basketball alignment selected the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 career cumulative grade point average and possess outstanding athletic credentials.

In 2009, Mitchell became the first women’s soccer player at Mines to earn All-American honors. Mitchell was named Daktronics First Team All-American and NSCAA Second Team All-American. Mitchell was selected as the 2009 Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year and the RMAC Player of the Year. A unanimous First Team All-RMAC pick, Mitchell led the RMAC in goals (30), points (69) and game-winning goals (14). Mitchell finished the season ranked seventh in Division II in goals per game (1.2) and points per game (2.76).

A Daktronics and NSCAA First Team All-Central Region pick, Mitchell recorded five hat tricks and established CSM single-game records for points (8) and goals (4). For her efforts in the classroom, Mitchell earned CoSIDA / ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-American honors and was selected as the 2009 RMAC Women’s Soccer Academic Player of the Year. Mitchell also earned CoSIDA / ESPN the Magazine First Team Academic All-District and First Team Academic All-RMAC honors.

Mitchell finished her career ranked first in the RMAC in career shots (447), career game-winning goals (30), most game winning goals in a season (14) and is second in both career goals (76) and career points (170).

A male and female Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be selected from the 16 regional winners, eight men and eight women. The national award winners will be announced in September.

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