Online fan voting for the Oregon Sports Awards, including the Ad Rutschman Award, is now open.
Behind national championship seasons in their respective sports, Concordia's Hannah Kimsey and Gabriella Dixson were chosen as two of the three finalists for an honor to be presented Feb. 9 at the Oregon Sports Awards at the Nike World Headquarters.
Kimsey, a Columbia River High School graduate, was the NAIA women's soccer national player of the year as a senior.
Dixson, who competed for Battle Ground High School, won three NAIA national championships in track and field during her career and garnered All-America status 14 times.
They are two of the three female candidates for the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Award. The other finalist is Corban University softball player Stephanie Nippert.
The Ad Rutschman award goes to the outstanding male and female student-athletes representing the state's 14 NCAA Division II and III, NAIA-affiliated colleges and universities, and 10 community colleges, in the calendar year 2013.
Ad Rutschman guided Linfield College to four national championships, three in football and one in baseball, in 24 seasons. He is the only college coach at any level to win national titles in two different sports. A five-time Slats Gill Award winner, he is a member of the College Football hall of Fame.
The Oregon Sports Awards began in 1948 as the Hayward Banquet of Champions, which was discontinued in 1997. In 2001, SportsOne revived the event as the Oregon Sports Awards with a stage-show format and more award categories, and moved the show to the state-of-the-art, 770-seat Stanford Theatre in the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters.
• Kimsey led Concordia to its first NAIA women's soccer national championship. In addition to repeating as a first-team All-American, Kimsey was selected to the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team.
Kimsey helped guide Concordia to a No. 1 NAIA ranking for sixth consecutive weeks to end the regular season before lifting the Cavaliers towards its 16th CCC championship in a row and 13th consecutive NAIA National Championship appearance.
Kimsey finished the season with a team-leading 14 assists as the Cavaliers went 58-9-4 (.845) overall, 24-3-0 (.888) in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, in her three seasons.
• Dixson graduated as Concordia's most decorated student-athlete.
She was a three-time national champion in 2013, claiming the indoor national championship in the weight throw then both the shot put and discus at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.
Dixson was named the 2013 CCC Field Athlete of the Meet and ended the year ranked No. 21 in the United States in the discus, according to USATF. Dixson closed out her collegiate career with school records in the indoor shot put (49 feet, 11/2 inches) and weight throw (62-91/2).
Sac State's Smith scores career best
Sacramento State University junior Dallas Smith of Heisson scored a career high 9.800 on floor exercise during a three-team meet Sunday at Stanford.
Vancouver's Kalliah McCartney placed third in the all-around as the Hornets finished behind the host Cardinal and Arizona.
Both gymnasts are graduates of CAM High School in Battle Ground.
Women's indoor track and field
Arn sets George Fox pentathlon record
George Fox University junior Charity Arn set a school record in the women's pentathlon as the Bruins opened the indoor track and field season at the Jacksons Open and Multi-Events held Dec. 13 at Boise State University.
Arn captured the pentathlon with 3,407 points, her total surpassing the 3,387 points amassed by All-American Beth Stam last year.
Arn won three of the five events: the 60-meter hurdles (9.26 seconds), the long jump (17 feet, 63/4 inches) and the shot put (34-93/4).
She was second in the high jump (4-113/4) and third in the 800 meter run in 2 minutes, 30.99 seconds. Her 60 hurdles time is second on the all-time George Fox list, and her long jump is fourth.
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