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Raguz and Zwiercan Named 2018 KU Athletes of the Year

Jul 02, 2018 • by Kutztown University
Emily Zwiercan

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University’s Brandon Raguz of the track & field team and Emily Zwiercan of the women’s soccer team have been named the 2018 KU Athletes of the Year.

 Raguz is the first male track & field performer to win the award since Justin Collins in 2004, while Zwiercan marks the third women’s soccer winner in the last four years. Raguz capped his career with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship and All-America First Team honors in the pole vault. He had a career-best seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to become a two-time All-American. He won his first career PSAC Championship this spring and broke the meet record by clearing over 17′. Raguz qualified for his second NCAA Championship in 2018, third of his career, finishing in the top-15 at nationals for the third time in his career. The Chalfont-native earned his fourth consecutive All-Atlantic Region honor, having now accumulated six total All-Region awards in his career. The five-time All-PSAC selection owns the fourth-best indoor and second-best outdoor heights in school history, 16-4.75 and 17-0.25, respectively. He is also a Dean’s List student and earned a KU Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Copper Medal. Zwiercan was honored as the PSAC Athlete of the Year, the Atlantic Region Player of the Year and was named to the All-America Third Team as a sophomore. The Reinholds-native also garnered First Team All-PSAC and All-Atlantic Region accolades, finishing the season as the team-leader with 14 goals and nine assists. A Dean’s List student, Zwiercan also received recognition for her hard work in the classroom, being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Members of the KU athletic department staff voted upon the nominees to determine KU’s year-end awards. The awards will be formally presented at halftime of the Sept. 8 football game vs. California (PA) at 12:05 p.m. KU Male Athlete of the Year Award Winners

Year

Winner

1987

Mike Cantrel, Track & Field

1988

Marty Eggleston, Basketball

1989

Butch Hills, Basketball

1991

Bart Wasiolek, Cross Country/Track

1992

Mark Steinmeyer, Football

1993

Todd Wiley, Cross Country

1994

Mike Fantanarosa, Football/Track

1995

John Mobley, Football

1996

John Mobley, Football

1997

Andy Bausher, Baseball

1998

Ryan Vogelsong, Baseball

1999

Chris Spinozzi, Baseball

2000

Paul Schmitt, Track & Field

2001

Tim Bausher, Baseball

2002

Glenn Woolard, Baseball

2003

Scott Eisenhart, Track & Field

2004

Justin Collins, Track & Field

2005

Matt Keller, Baseball

2006

Mike McCardell, Baseball

2007

Joe Kemmerer, Wrestling

2008

Elfren Quiles, Football

2009

Joe Kemmerer, Wrestling

2010

Stephen Dennis, Basketball

2011

Kevin Morton (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford), Football

2012

Kevin Morton (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford), Football

2013

Kevin Morton (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford), Football

2014

Ziad Haddad, Wrestling

2015

Ziad Haddad, Wrestling

2016

Josh Johnson, Basketball

2017

Jordan Morgan, Football

2018

Brandon Raguz (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South), Track & Field

KU Female Athlete of the Year Award Winners

Year

Winner

1987

Fran Metz, Basketball

1988

Sharon Toth, Softball

1989

Gwen Kerr, Field Hockey

1990

Lisa Marrella, Field Hockey

1991

Missy Boettger, Basketball/Softball

1992

Shayn Mosley, Field Hockey, Diving

1993

Daphne Hoyt, Cross Country/Track

1994

Lorie Erie, Softball

1995

Deidre Lynn Rhodes, Track & Field

1996

Deidre Lynn Rhodes, Track &Field

1997

Tara Crozier, Track and Field

 

Claudine Gruver, Swimming

1998

Tara Crozier, Track & Field

1999

Amy Wahl, Basketball

2000

Kristi Braine, Track & Field

2001

Megan Seefeldt, Cross Country/Track

2002

Kellie Evans, Softball

2003

Missy Klein, Volleyball

2004

Jessie Didier, Volleyball

2005

Kerstin Kloeffer, Tennis

2006

Laura Kline, Field Hockey/Track

2007

Steph Denlinger, Softball

2008

Ashley Fitzgerald, Softball

2009

Steph Denlinger, Softball

2010

Steph Jeppesen, Swimming

2011

Melissa McQuade, Basketball

2012

Kayla Jones, Bowling

2013

April Doyle, Track & Field

2014

Erin Reynolds, Field Hockey

2015

Sam Costello, Soccer

2016

Anna Behm, Field Hockey

2017

Alaina Curry, Soccer

2018

Emily Zwiercan (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico), Soccer

 

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