July 7, 2014

Ringstaff, Henry named Scholar Athletes of the Year

BRISTOL, Tenn. – As Conference Carolinas continues to hand out awards from the spring season, King University student-athletes keep getting honored. Both Cassie Ringstaff (softball) and Maegan Henry (women's track and field) were named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports.

A senior and first team All-Conference Carolinas performer this season, King University softball player Cassie Ringstaff added another award to her mantle this week when she was named Conference Carolinas' Scholar Athlete of the Year for softball. Earlier this spring, Ringstaff earned Capital One Academic All-District, carrying a 3.66 grade point average through her four years at King.

The senior graduated from King in May with a biology degree and was a two-time academic all-conference honoree. Ringstaff, a native of Richlands, Va., also excelled on the field, earning first team all-conference honors after batting .351 with 10 runs batted in and 10 runs scored in conference play. She finished second in the league with 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts on the season and was second on the team with 24 total runs scored.

King University's Maegan Henry earned her second Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year award when she was named the league's scholar athlete of women's outdoor track and field this week. The junior earned the same distinction during the indoor season, and garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors earlier this spring.

Henry, a native of Bluefield, Va., continues to rewrite the King throwing record book as she set four new school records this season. The junior has won back-to-back Conference Carolinas Outdoor championships in both the hammer throw and shot put. Her tosses of 44.43 meters in the hammer throw and 14.04 meters in the shot put both came at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships and set new school records.

With her toss of 14.04 meters, she became the first student-athlete in school history to eclipse the 14-meter mark. Her toss of 14.04 meters was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. She also won Conference Carolinas championships in both the weight throw and shot put during the indoor season with marks of 15.56 meters and 13.34 meters, respectively. Henry holds indoor school records in both the weight throw (15.71 meters) and shot put at 13.49 meters.

Outside of athletics, Henry is a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and holds a grade point average of 3.79 while majoring in Biology.

The duo becomes the sixth and seventh King student-athletes to be named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year, joining Kendra Sokol (women's cross country), Kelsey Griffitts (women's volleyball), Bonnie Durrett (women's basketball), Logan Lyle (men's basketball) and Maegan Henry (women's indoor track and field).

The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas first, second, or third teams that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.