Lacey McGladrey GNAC Female Scholar-Athlete Winner
Lacey McGladrey is first softball player to win GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Lacey McGladrey is first softball player to win GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore.  –   Saint Martin’s University softball player Lacey McGladrey has been voted the 2013-14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

McGladrey (Sr., Bothell, WA), along with male winner David Downs of Seattle Pacific, will now be a candidate for the 2014 Conference Commissioners Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be selected this summer.

McGladrey, who was an unanimous selection to the GNAC softball all-conference team this spring, edged Seattle Pacific basketball player Katie Benson by one point in the balloting by the conference’s athletic directors. 

Four different athletes including McGladrey, Benson, Kristin Maris of Western Washington and Keri Knight of Alaska Fairbanks received two or more first-place votes in the balloting.

McGladrey was the lone GNAC player selected to the CoSIDA West Region all-academic softball team this spring.  The senior accounting major had a 3.64 grade point average.

She was also a three-time selection to the GNAC All-Academic team.

McGladrey was the GNAC’s seventh leading hitter this spring batting .383.  She led the conference in walks with 26 and also ranked second in stolen bases (17), third in on-base percentage (.471), fourth in hits (62) and sixth in runs scored (45).

McGladrey, who was a first team NFCA All-American in 2013 when she led the Saints to their first-ever NCAA  post-season playoff berth, was named to the GNAC all-conference first team for the fourth year in a row becoming just the fifth player in conference history to accomplish that feat.

She completed her collegiate career with a .377 career batting average.  That ranks 16th all-time in the conference.

She also finished her career ranked third in GNAC history in runs scored (180) and walks (94), fourth in doubles (56), fifth in hits (243), sixth in on-base percentage (.459), seventh in total bases (355) and ninth in stolen bases (44).

McGladrey is the first softball player in conference history to win the award.  She joins basketball players Martina Kartikova (2004-05) and Dara Zack (2010-11) as previous winners of the award from Saint Martin’s.

GNAC Scholar-Athletes-of-the-Year

Years        Female
2001-02  Nichole Sauvageau, Seattle (Soccer)
2002-03  *Nichole Sauvageau, Seattle (Soccer)
2003-04  Liz Bishop, Western Washington (Volleyball)
2004-05  Martina Kartikova, Saint Martin’s (Basketball)
2005-06  Lindy Mullen, Central Washington (Track & Field)
2006-07  *Ana Gutierrez, Seattle (Soccer)
2007-08  Amanda Peters, Northwest Nazarene (Soccer & Track and Field)
2008-09  *Ashley Puga, Northwest Nazarene (Cross Country & Track)
2009-10  +Jessica Pixler (Cross Country & Track and Field)
2010-11  Dara Zack, Saint Martin’s (Basketball)
2011-12  Kelsey Jenkins, Seattle Pacific (Soccer)
2012-13  Helen Crofts, Simon Fraser (Track and Field)
2013-14  Lacey McGladrey, Saint Martin’s (Softball)
*Conference Commissioners Regional winner.  +National Award Winner