April 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - A trio of Ohio University student-athletes have been awarded NSCA All-America Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year honors for their superior efforts in the weight room and on the field.
Senior Cathryn Altdoerffer (field hockey) and juniors Beau Blankenship (football) and Alyssa Wolfe (softball) received the recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association this past week.
The NSCA honored 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with the accolades.
"The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics," NSCA founder Boyd Epley said. "The NSCA is pleased to recognize student-athletes that put forth an effort to improve their performance through strength and conditioning. They are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."
Altdoerffer excelled during her senior season with the field hockey team as she started all 17 games. During the year, she scored two goals and added five assists to Ohio's offensive efforts and ended the season with nine points. The Conestoga, Pa., native pestered opposing defenses all season, firing 43 total shots, 26 of which found their way on target. In recognition of her strong senior season, Altdoerffer was selected to play in the NFHCA Senior Game, earned NFHCA All-Region honors and was named First Team All-MAC.
"Cathryn is a dedicated and exceptional student-athlete, who excels both on and off the field," Ohio director of strength and conditioning Sonny Sano said. "It has been a pleasure to coach her in the weight room."
Blankenship rushed for a school-record 1,604 yards as a junior in 2012 while surpassing the 100-yard milestone in nine games on the year. A 2012 All-MAC Second Team selection and Phil Steele All-MAC First Team pick, Blankenship rushed for 109 yards and scored a bowl record four touchdowns to lead Ohio to a victory in the 2012 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl. For his efforts, the Norman, Okla., product received Independence Bowl Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player honors.
"Though short in stature, Beau possesses a tremendous amount of strength and holds all the strength records for his position," Sano said. "He is a workhorse on and off the field."
Wolfe has had a strong 2013 season for the softball team, hitting .274 and slugging at a rate of .452 in 62 at bats. The junior has registered five extra-base hits--two of which have been home runs--and driven in 10 runs. The Junction City, Ohio, native also has been effective on the base paths and in the field, as she has successfully stolen bases in seven of her eight attempts this season and has successfully handled 94.9 percent of her fielding opportunities.
"Alyssa Wolfe defines the term student-athlete," said Ohio softball strength and conditioning coach Zac Brouillette. "She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude no matter what the demands of the workout may be. She may not be categorized as a vocal leader, but her ability to lead by example sets the standard when it comes to the expectations of the team, day in and day out."
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