Cook, Neal named King Athletes of the Year at 3rd annual #KingPride Awards

Cook, Neal named King Athletes of the Year at 3rd annual #KingPride Awards

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University Athletic Department held their third annual #KingPride Awards on Wednesday night that was hosted by math professor Wendy Traynor and Ryan Booher. During the event, King recognized their Rookies of the Year, Scholar Athletes of the Year, and Male and Female Athletes of the Year, along with numerous other awards.

The evening started with the announcement of the Rookies of the year, Juan Somoza of the men's swimming team and Becca Huddleston of the women's volleyball team. The awards show concluded with the announcement of the Al Nida Male Athlete of the Year which was awarded to Tanner Cook of the men's track & field and cross country team and the Susie Toomey Female Athlete of the Year that was awarded to Breonnah Neal of the women's wresting team.

Neal had an outstanding campaign for the Tornado. The senior went 5-0 at the WCWA National championships, taking home a national championship. She won titles at the Emmanuel Open and at the Tornado Open. Neal helped King win their fourth straight Duals Title and WCWA National Championship. Overall, the wrestler went a perfect 21-0 on the year, including 16-0 in technical falls and 2-0 in pins. On the other side, Cook was named USTFCC All-Region and was selected ECAC Runner of the Week in back-to-back weeks. Also a senior, he was named Academic All-Conference with a GPA of 3.55. Cook qualified for the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship with a sixth place finish. At the NCAA National Championships, he finished 109 out of 242 runners which was the second best finish in school history and the time of 32:22.3 was the third fastest in school history in the 10k.

Overall the Tornado had 16 All-Americans and academically six teams had a 3.5 GPA or better.  King performed exceptionally well in the classroom with 51 student-athletes receiving a 4.0 GPA.

A list of all of the award recipients are listed below.

Male Rookie of the Year

Juan Somoza – men's swimming

Female Rookie of the Year

Becca Huddleston – women's volleyball

SAAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

JP Castaneda – baseball

SAAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

Regina Doi – women's wrestling

Coach of the Year

Ryan Booher – men's volleyball

Supporting Student Staff of the Year

Kari Sveinsson – athletic training

Spirit Award

Ruben Gutierrez & men's soccer team – men's soccer

Play of the Year

Hunter LeVeau buzzer beat to give men's basketball win at Pfeiffer in conference tournament semifinals

Game of the Year

Women's basketball defeats No. 22 Limestone for first Conference Carolinas Tournament championship

Team of the Year

Men's volleyball

Director's Cup


Al Nida Male Athlete of the Year

Tanner Cook – men's track & field and cross country

Susie Toomey Female Athlete of the Year

Breonnah Neal – women's wrestling

Team GPA of 3.5 or better

Women's golf

Women's cycling

Women's tennis

Men's tennis

Men's golf

Women's soccer

Student-Athletes with 4.0 GPA

Cassidy Davis – acrobatics & tumbling

Emily Powers – acrobatics & tumbling

Sam Barker – cheerleading

Haley Renfro – cheerleading

Alesha Robertson – cheerleading

Jordan Smith - cheerleading

Nick Carroll – baseball

Anthony Hunt – baseball

Drew McCrary – men's basketball

Mack Owens – men's basketball

Noah Rosenbalm – men's basketball

Mathias Bunaes – men's golf

Noah Harkness – men's golf

Kesley March – men's golf

Ben Harris – men's soccer

Fil Kamps – men's soccer

Sam Mburu – men's soccer

Cameron Sauro – men's soccer

Freek Schoones – men's soccer

Lucas Santos – men's swimming

Charles Jabaley – men's tennis

Lenny Keswani – men's tennis

Lennard Neumann – men's tennis

Moritz Poswiat – men's tennis

Morgan Greene – men's track & field

Chris Gerber – men's volleyball

Tristen Luu – men's volleyball

Tyler Williams – men's wrestling

Kaycee Casteel - softball

Hannah Devotie – softball

Becca Gold – softball

Emma Hughes – softball

Olivia Lawson – softball

Michaela Morris - softball

Sheena Johnson – women's basketball

Daphne Chang – women's golf

Samantha Taylor – women's golf

Kendyl Baird – women's soccer

Christina Colley – women's soccer

Lindsay Curtis – women's soccer

Erin Jennings – women's soccer

Petra Koivuvaara – women's soccer

Haley Carpenter – women's swimming

Katya Cerny – women's tennis

Jordan Jennings – women's track & field

Victoria Gause – women's volleyball

Rebekah Hill – women's volleyball

Megan Morelock – women's volleyball

Marina Doi – women's wrestling

Regina Doi – women's wrestling

Breonna Neal – women's wrestling