Gonterman, Thwaits earn Athlete of the Week honors

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2003-02-24

Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College athletic department announced its Athletes of the Week for the week of February 17-23, 2003. Women’s track and field freshman Ashley Gonterman and men’s basketball junior Ryan Thwaits earned the honors for their excellent efforts during the week’s competitions.

Gonterman, a physical education major from Roanoke, Ind. (Homestead High School), was the top point-getter for the Foresters as they won the Frozen Forest Invitational on Saturday at the Merillat Complex. In three events entered, she came away with three first-place finishes. Gonterman, who tied the indoor school record in the pole vault at 8-06 in January, matched that jump again for a victory. She also won the 55 meter dash in 7.72 seconds and the 300 meter dash in 45.88 seconds. Gonterman was a member of the winning 4x2 lap relay along with Courtney Gullickson, Nicole Jacob and Erin Abbey. Gonterman is a Dean’s List honoree. The Foresters are next in action on Friday, February 28, 2003, at Anderson University.

Thwaits, a business major from Syracuse, Ind. (Fairfield High School), achieved two double-doubles in last week’s games (his fourth in a row) as he helped lead the Foresters to a conference season ending surge to earn the MCC regular season championship and the top season in the upcoming conference tournament. In Tuesday’s win at Taylor, Thwaits shot 4-for-6 with 10 rebounds and two assists to score 15 points. In Saturday’s must-win game, he shot 6-for-9 with 10 rebounds and five assists to score 16 points. He also finished the week with a perfect performance behind the arc, shooting 1-for-1 against Taylor and 2-for-2 versus Indiana Wesleyan. Thwaits is a Dean’s List honoree. The Foresters will open the MCC Tournament at home against Goshen on Wednesday, February 26, 2003.

The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years, Huntington has produced 39 All-America honors and 67 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
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Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
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