LAKEPOINT, Ga. – For the third consecutive time, and back-to-back fashion for the track and field program, Jacksonville University will boast the ASUN Conference's Student-Athlete of the Year. The 2015 season saw Garrett Ruckel and Sammie Strausbaugh crowned with the league's top honor, the 2016 accolade went to Kree Clark and on Thursday, Samantha Turner was announced as the 2017 honoree.
No stranger to ASUN recognition, Turner recently earned Most Valuable Performer at the ASUN Outdoor Championships after accruing a weekend-high 28 points. She received a gold medal in the discus and hammer throws -- setting an ASUN and school record in the latter -- and placed second in the shot put.
"This is a fitting award to conclude Sam's career," said Head Coach Ronald Grigg, Jr. "She was part of six team championships, was a four-time individual champion as part of her remarkable 18 individual all-conference performances, and was a multiple time NCAA East qualifier.
"Sam is also a school and conference record holder, but far more important than her athletic accomplishments are her academic accolades. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Davis College of Business, both with summa cum laude distinction. We are proud of Sam and we are proud to have her represent our program."
An eight-time all-academic honoree (the first student-athlete in league history to accomplish the feat) and last year's Outdoor Track and Field Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Turner graduated in April with a 3.96 grade point average and received her MBA.