May 3, 2010
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Four University of Rhode Island seniors received the athletic department's four major awards while the 2010 graduating class of student-athletes were honored by URI President Dr. David Dooley and Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn at the 2010 Senior Awards Banquet, held at Quidnessett Country Club.
Shayna Daugherty (women's track & field) and James Whalen (men's track & field) received the Elizabeth Holmes Award - presented annually to the male and female graduating senior who have combined exceptional scholastic achievement with outstanding athletic talent.
Daugherty holds both the URI and Atlantic 10 records in the indoor pentathlon, outdoor heptathlon and outdoor high jump. A six-time Atlantic 10 individual champion competing in the high jump, pentathlon and heptathlon, she was named the A-10 Field Performer of the Meet on two occasions - outdoor in 2009, indoor in 2010. Academically, Daugherty was the 2010 Atlantic 10 Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year and also earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-Division and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. She currently has a 3.72 GPA and will graduate with a degree in communicative disorders.
Whalen has scored in the heptathlon, decathlon and pole vault at the Atlantic 10 Championship in each of his four years of competition. A two-year team captain, he also set a conference record in the heptathlon and received the A-10's 2009 Indoor Field Performer of the Year award. A member of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team, he compiled a 3.66 grade-point average and will graduate with a degree as a history and secondary education double-major.
Becky Cotreau was given the Winifred Keaney Award while Oliver Palmer took home the Albert LeBoeuf Award - both of which are presented to the most outstanding female/male student-athlete who has been a role model in his/her collegiate career and has remained in good academic standing.
Cotreau is a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection as well as an All-New England Region honoree. She has the best 2,000-meter ERG score on the team and has guided the Rams to the best single-season record in school history this year with a 25-5 mark. Cotreau currently has a 3.17 GPA and will graduate with a degree in sociology.
Palmer helped lead the URI baseball team to a record-setting 37 wins in 2009 - including victories over #8 Miami, #11 Oklahoma State and #25 Ohio State. He was an All-New England selection, as well as an Atlantic 10 All-Conference and All-Championship team honoree. Academically, Palmer was named to both the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Academic squad a season ago. He currently has a 3.60 GPA and will graduate with a degree in communication studies.
Prior to the presentation of these four awards, all student-athletes in attendance were presented with their varsity letter as well as a senior gift.