Got a minute? Grinnell College has three finalists for this year’s Central Iowa Sports Awards, and you could help them win!
Grinnell Pioneers Sarah Burnell ’14, cross country, and Jack Taylor ’15, basketball, are up for college/university female and male athletes of the year. Additionally, Grinnell’s record-setting men’s basketball game against Faith Baptist Bible College is a finalist for college/university game of the year.
Burnell capped a stellar 2012 cross country season by advancing to the NCAA Division III national championships. She also won the Midwest Conference title, becoming the first Pioneer woman to accomplish that feat since 2007, and has the second-fastest time in program history.
Taylor made international headlines after scoring an NCAA-record 138 points in a game against Faith Baptist Bible on Nov. 20, 2012, beating the previous mark of 113 set in 1954. Taylor also broke NCAA records for field goals (52), field goals attempted (108), 3-pointers (27) and 3-pointers attempted (71) in the contest.
The Grinnell-Faith Baptist game featured more than Taylor, though. In that contest, the Pioneers set school records for points scored in a game (179) and forced turnovers (49). Additionally, Faith Baptist’s David Larson set a school record with 70 points while shooting 77 percent from the field. The previous school record had been 47 points.
Cast your ballot on Facebook through Feb. 10.