By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) honored and recognized the "best of the best" student-athletes in the conference on Monday evening with the presentation of this year's Clyde Lamb awards. Seniors Logan Allison and Kara Hines were named the 2018 representatives from Capital University, capping off two storied Crusader careers.
Logan Allison, a native of Gallipolis, Ohio, serves as Capital's male representative after being named the Gene Slaughter Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Allison's list of career accomplishments is many but highlight both his scholastic and athletic successes. He is a 17-time all-conference honoree between his four indoor and outdoor track & field seasons and a nine-time champion as a jumps specialist. He has been named to the Great Lakes all-region team 11 times between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Allison was named the 2017 and 2018 Bud Yoest Most Outstanding Field Athlete following the OAC Indoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championship in both of those years. In 2017, he was named the Spark Adams Most Outstanding Field Athlete after defending his triple jump championship for a second time and then went on to qualify for the outdoor national championship. Allison is a three-time All-American with two of those distinctions coming on the indoor circuit. He holds four different school records including both the indoor and outdoor triple jump marks, the indoor 60-meter dash record, and the indoor long jump.
The three-year captain recently graduated with distinction with a degree in exercise science and has a host of academic honors that include three Academic All-OAC laurels, four trips to the Capital President's List, and was inducted as a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Epsilon Chapter in 2017. Twice he was named USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic (2016, 2017) and in each of those years helped guide the men's track and field team to a spot on the USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Team list. He hit the pinnacle of his academic career when he was named CoSIDA Academic All-American following his junior year and is currently pursuing a second trip to that prestigious list.
Kara Hines, a native of Columbus and product of Worthington Kilbourne High School, recently completed her degrees in business management and mathematics. In 2017, Hines earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and is a three-time Academic All-OAC selection. She was twice announced on the Capital President's List and once on the Dean's List. Last year, Hines earned the S.A. Singer Memorial Award for Proficiency in Mathematics. In each of her first two seasons, she helped the women's lacrosse team earn a spot on the IWLCA Academic Honor Squad. She too is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma as well as three additional honor societies: Tau Pi Phi (business honor society), Kappa Mu Epsilon (national mathematics honor society) and Alpha Chi (national honors). She earned her nomination as Capital's Clyde Lamb representative after being selected for CU's William F. Bernlohr Award in recognition of her athletic and academic achievement.
On the field, Hines began and ended her career with the highest of achievements at the conference level. She is now a four-time First Team All-OAC honoree and three times followed that up with an all-region sighting, last year earning first team laurels. In 2016 and 2017, Hines was named the OAC Offensive Player of the Year and this year was named OAC Midfield of the Year as one of the OAC's most prolific scorers. She tallied her 200th career goal at home against John Carroll earlier this season, becoming the first Capital lacrosse player, male or female, to achieve that feat. She graduates as the holder of 17 different school records and leaves with 228 goals, 20 assists, 248 points, 188 ground balls, and 71 caused turnovers in 62 career games. Behind her play and leadership, Capital has advanced to the OAC Tournament in all four years she has played and twice reached the OAC Tournament Championship.
Hines and Allison were among 20 student-athletes representing the 10 OAC institutions at the Clyde Lamb Award Banquet held on Monday, May 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Columbus.
Student-athletes considered for the award must spend at least two years participating in an OAC-sponsored sport, maintain senior status upon nomination, and possess a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.
The award was founded in 1985 and is named in honor of Clyde A. Lamb. Lamb organized the department of health and physical education at Ohio Northern University in 1929, and served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64. He continued to teach full-time until his passing in 1969.
Lamb, who received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in 1923 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1929, coached numerous sports at Ohio Northern during his tenure. In 1959, he was elected to the NAIA Helms Hall of Fame. He was honored as Ada's Distinguished Citizen in 1956 and was inducted into the Ohio Northern Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
2018 Clyde Lamb Award Recipients
Baldwin Wallace: Spencer Badia (baseball), Anna Popic (soccer)
Capital: Logan Allison (track & field) and Kara Hines (lacrosse)
Heidelberg: Evan Long (baseball) and Sarah Hunter (track & field)
John Carroll: Jesse Marinaro (soccer) and Erin Kiley (cross country/track & field)
Marietta: Dillon Young (basketball) and Amisha Herd (basketball)
Mount Union: Tyler Neff (track & field) and Katie Goedecke (soccer/track & field)
Muskingum: Jacob Van Leeuwen (golf) and Haylea Debolt (softball)
Ohio Northern: Chris Garbig (soccer) and Emily Richards (cross country/track & field)
Otterbein: Jaden Lunger (soccer) and Rachael Owens (softball)
Wilmington: David Henry (football) and Savannah Hooper (softball/basketball)