May 1, 2013

Piccinini, Witt named King Athletes of the Year

BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Tuesday night, King University had their annual Student-Athlete Banquet where they recognized each sport and the graduating seniors. King also announced their Male and Female Athletes of the Year as well as the SAAC Scholar Athletes of the Year. Eddie Piccinini and Hannah Witt were selected athletes of the year while Pete Griffith and Maegan Henry earned scholar athlete of the year distinction. Emily Martin was also named King’s Senior Academic Athlete of the Year.

Piccinini helped guide the King men’s basketball team to a Conference Carolinas regular season title in their first year in the league in 2011-12. The Orlando, Fla., native accumulated 1,261 points, 274 rebounds, 293 assists and made 162 three-point baskets in his career. He was twice named second team All-Conference Carolinas and academic all-conference. The senior was also named Conference Carolinas Winter Scholar Athlete of the year in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Witt helped the Tornado win three conference titles in the 2012-13 school year. First, she led the King women’s cross country team to their first Conference Carolinas championship before leading both the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams to the same distinction. The Mountain City, Tenn., native holds school records in the 5,000 meter run (17:26) and 10,000 meter run at 36:19. She has qualified for each the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field championships this season.

The King Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) selected Griffith of the men’s soccer team as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Griffith hails from Ballyclare, Northern Ireland and was named to the Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference team. The junior has carried a 3.7 GPA while majoring in business with a minor in coaching. He was also awarded the Athletic Director’s Academic Achievement Award.

Henry a women’s track and field athlete was selected by SAAC as the Female Scholar Athlete of the year. She is from Bluefield, Va., and has a 3.964 GPA while majoring in biology with a minor in education. The junior is a two-time Dean’s List honoree (fall 2011 and spring 2012), and was also named to the President’s List in the fall of 2011. Henry holds school records in each the shot put, hammer throw and discus, and has qualified for the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put.

A women’s wrestler, Martin was named King’s Senior Academic Athlete of the Year. The Frisco, Texas native has been a mainstay on the women’s wrestling team for the last four years. She is a four-time WCWA All-American and has qualified for the US World Team four times. In 2012, Martin won a national title at the 109-pound weight class in 2012 and finished as runner up this past season. She has been a team captain for three years and was named the 2012 WCWA Wrestler of the Year.