Track Standouts Score at Oregon Sports Awards
Oregon State University was well represented at Sunday’s 62nd annual Oregon Sports Awards at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. Five athletes with Beaver connections captured awards.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s most outstanding receiver, won the Bill Hayward Male Athlete of the Year honor. Cooks set new Pac-12 marks for receptions with 128 and single season yards with 1,730 (NCAA leader in 2013). He has elected to forgo his senior season and make himself eligible for May’s NFL Draft.
David Henry and Venessa D’Arpino earned the Johnny Carpenter 1A-4A high school classification Male and Female Prep Athletes of the Year. Henry, currently a fullback on the football team for head coach Mike Riley, attended Oakland High School. He was the Oregon 2A Player of the Year on offense and defense as a senior, and was the two-time, triple crown winner in wrestling (freestyle, Greco and folkstyle).
D’Arpino (pictured left) is a senior at North Valley High School in Grants Pass and has signed a national letter of intent (LOI) to compete in track at Oregon State this fall for head coach Kelly Sullivan. She set state meet records in the 100 (12.04 seconds), 200 (24.11 seconds) and 400 (54.68 seconds) meters last season. She was also selected to the 2013 Oregonian Class 4A Girls Soccer All-State First Team.
Incoming freshman Ryan Nall corralled the Prep Football Player of the Year honor. The Central Catholic High School standout signed a LOI to play for the Beavers last month. He was the 6A Offensive Player of the Year after helping the Rams to their first state title in 60 years. He rushed for 1,684 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Saskia McNairy (pictured right) of Lakeridge High School was selected the Prep Volleyball Player of the Year. She was the 6A Volleyball Player of the Year in 2013 after leading the Pacers to their first-ever state title. McNairy has signed a LOI to compete in track and field OSU. She is the reigning two-time United States Track and Field state heptathlon champion for her age group. Last spring she competed in 11 different track and field events in helping Lakeridge to the state 6A meet, placing in the 4x400 relay, triple jump and long jump.
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