BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two King University athletes were honored on Thursday when Conference Carolinas announced their 2013 Winter Scholar Athletes of the Year. Men's basketball player, Eddie Piccinini and women's track athlete, Hannah Witt both were named scholar athletes in their respective sports as voted on by the student-athlete affairs committee.
Piccinini had an outstanding senior campaign for the Tornado, not only on the court, but in the classroom. On the court Piccinini led the Tornado to a 19-8 overall and 14-6 conference mark on the way to a third-seed in the conference tournament. He was second on the team in scoring and led the team in steals while also being named to the All-Conference Carolinas second team. The fifth year men's basketball senior student-athlete from Orlando, Fla., graduated from King with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management last May. Eddie will graduate again from King this May but now with a Masters of Business Administration. This is the second consecutive year he has won this award.
Witt has been named the inaugural Indoor Women's Track & Field Scholar Athlete of the Year as a new Conference Carolinas sport for 2012-13 year. Witt was named the NCAA DII Southeast Region and Conference Carolinas Track Athlete of the Year. The senior from Mountain City, Tenn., has a 3.935 grade point average in the classroom but set multiple school and personal records on the track. Witt set a school and personal record of 17:27.23 in the 5,000m run while also hitting the NCAA DII Indoor provisional national qualifying mark. She also set two more personal records during the year in the 3,000m run, with a time of 10:17.34, and in the mile, with a time of 5:15.15 to help led the team to their Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championship title.
This prestigious award is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport for recognition of their outstanding academic and athletic achievements.