May 30, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - All-American track athlete Jakob Engel and third team All-Big Ten guard Courtney Moses were named among 24 student-athletes honored by the Big Ten Conference as Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners.
These individuals were chosen from a group of over 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Engel wrapped up his athletic career last weekend at the NCAA East Regionals. The Portage, Ind., native had an outstanding senior year as he put his name in the Purdue record books for the indoor and outdoor shot put. Engel qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March with a throw of 19.16m (62-10.50), the second-best throw in program history. He went on to finish eighth at the national championships and earn first team All-America honors. During the outdoor season, he threw a season-best 18.69m (61-04) in late March which is tied for fifth-best in Boilermaker lore. Engel went on to score at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career as he finished sixth.
Engel was an outstanding student and teammate. The fifth-year senior was often overshadowed by one of the most talented freshman throws classes in the nation, a group that includes the NCAA Indoor Championships bronze medalist in the weight throw, four NCAA Outdoor Regional qualifiers and two NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifiers. Engel never let that bother him and was a huge supporter and mentor to his younger teammates. He battled adversity all season including an injury that sidelined him for three weeks during the indoor season. Engel responded by helping his teammates until he was able to return and then threw the program's second-best mark. He graduated in May with a degree in psychology.
Moses was Purdue's leading scorer at 13.3 points per game as a junior. She shot 45.9 percent from the field, including 40.1 percent from three-point range with a team-high 63 three-pointers this past season. With 160 career threes, Moses is sixth on the school charts. The 5-foot-6 guard scored her 1,000th point on a three-pointer 19 seconds into the game against Northwestern on Jan. 24 and she currently ranks 20th in school history with 1,195 career points. Moses has the school record for career free throw percentage, averaging 90.0 percent from the charity stripe. The Sweetser, Ind., native holds the top two spots at Purdue for season free throw percentage after shooting a career-high 92.6 percent (75-of-81) this year.
A team captain this season, Moses is active in Purdue's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Purdue's leadership programs. She has a long list of community service activities and has helped form two service programs at Purdue, IMPACT and Boiler-Maker-Wish. The IMPACT program stands for Influencing and Mentoring by Purdue Athletes with Cardinal Tradition and is in four local elementary schools. At some schools Purdue student-athletes assist the teacher in the classroom, while at other schools the student-athletes mentor one-on-one with at-risk students. Moses has worked in a classroom at Klondike Elementary School and has mentored one-on-one with three students at Happy Hollow Elementary School. The Boiler-Maker-Wish was formed in April of this year. The program is modeled after Make-A-Wish, and is a community outreach initiative aimed to provide area youth with physical disabilities and/or life threatening illnesses the opportunity to hang out with a Purdue athlete for a day.
The 2013 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners appear below:
Illinois: Bruno Abdelnour, Tennis
Amber Moore, Basketball
Indiana: Michael Basil, Baseball
Leslie Hureau, Tennis
Iowa: Eric May, Basketball
Mareike Schrulle, Cross Country
Michigan: Jordan Kovacs, Football
Claire McElheny, Volleyball
Michigan State: Adreian Payne, Basketball
Caroline Powers, Golf
Minnesota: Andre Hollins, Basketball
Allie Phillips, Soccer
Nebraska: Rex Burkhead, Football
Emily Wong, Gymnastics
Northwestern: Charlie Rimkus, Swimming & Diving
Kate Popovec, Basketball
Ohio State: Trey Wilkes, Lacrosse
Melissa Rennie, Softball
Penn State: Nick Colella, Basketball
Gizelle Studevent, Basketball
Wisconsin: Jared Berggren, Basketball
Lindsay Danielson, Golf