CEDAR CITY, Utah, Feb. 20 – Southern Utah softball standout Mikkel Griffin was announced as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the award recognizes student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Griffin has been an exemplary student at SUU, maintaining a 3.82 GPA and being named to the Dean’s List multiple times. She will graduate this spring with a degree in psychology.
“You’re not going to find a better person or athlete, she is the real deal,” said SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson about his senior outfielder. “The way she goes about things on and off the field is the way it should be.”
Griffin spends several hours each week volunteering in the local community. She can often be found at nearby Danville Academy, a center for adults with mental disorders, assisting residents with everyday tasks. She also assists with patient rehabilitation at the Kolob Care Center and has organized softball events for the local youth.
Griffin was named an Easton All-American after a record-setting junior season at SUU. She led the team with a .404 batting average, 65 hits, 12 home runs, 115 total bases, 10 stolen bases and a .714 slugging percentage. Those numbers also helped Griffin earn recognition as the 2012 Summit League Player of the Year.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series® in Oklahoma City, May 30 through June 5.
Further information and a complete list of the candidates are available at www.seniorclassaward.com.