EMMITSBURG, Md. – Meaghan Conlon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), Michael Foster (Easton, Md./Easton) and Gigi Gibilisco (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame [N.J.]) were named recipients of the Sheridan Award while Alicia Miller (Lititz, Pa./Warwick), Quinton Huguley (Port Tobacco, Md./McDonough) and Chris Wheeler (Newcastle, Austrailia/St. Francis Xavier) earned the Kolon Award, announced by the Mount Athletic Department at the 13th Annual Blue And White Banquet on May 1.
The Sheridan Award, which is voted on by the Mount athletic department, is for the college student-athlete, who, through athletic and academic achievement, has exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity has fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary's University.
Conlon, a biology major, maintained a 3.81 GPA throughout her academic career and was a member of the women's lacrosse team. The senior had 21 goals and eight assists for 29 points along with 75 ground balls, 101 draw controls and 44 caused turnovers in her career. She ranks 10th in program history in career draw controls. This season, Conlon posted the best season of her career after ranking second in ground balls (31), draw controls (48) and caused turnovers (25) to earn a spot on the All-Northeast Conference (NEC) first team. She notched a career-high six ground balls in the Mount's 7-4 win against Sacred Heart in the NEC Semifinals and was named to the NEC All-Tournament team.
Foster, a biology major, maintained a 3.99 GPA throughout his academic career and was a member of the baseball team. Foster was a career .276 hitter with 139 hits, 76 runs scored, 22 doubles, a triple, five homers and 68 RBIs. Foster ranks eighth with 19 stolen bases in program history, 10th with 164 career games played and eighth in at-bats (536). This season, he batted .276 with 58 hits, 32 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, two homers and 25 RBIs. The senior was an NEC-TV Scholar-Athlete in 2012.
Gibilisco, a music major, carried a 3.92 GPA throughout his academic career and was a member of the track and field team. Gibilisco was a force in the 800 run, winning the event in the NEC Outdoor Championships and in the NEC Indoor Championships in his junior and senior campaigns. He finished seventh at the IC4A Outdoor Championships to earn All-East honors and was 29th in the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the 800 as a junior. At the 2012 IC4A Indoor Championships, Gibilisco broke the school record in the 800 during the prelims and finished third in finals in the event. The senior finished his career by placing 18th at the NCAA East Preliminary in the 800. Gibilisco has also been recognized for his work in the classroom after being named the NEC's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in his last two seasons and the NEC's Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012 and earned USTFCCCA All-America status in 2011-12.
The Kolon Award, which is also voted on by the Mount athletic department, goes to the student-athletes, who through hard work and determination has earned the respect and admiration of his or her fellow athletes and coaches, and who, through inspirational effort has displayed the determination exemplified by the late Jack Kolon.
Miller finished up an outstanding four-year career on the soccer pitch. Miller played every minute in goal this year with a 1.39 goals against average, 111 saves and four shutouts to cap a record-breaking career. She leaves the Mount as the school's all-time leader in saves (430), wins (18), shutouts (11), games played (71) and started (69) by a goalkeeper and minutes played by a keeper (6275). She was fifth all-time at the Mount with a career .768 save percentage and a 1.86 goals against average.
Huguley finished his stellar career with the Mount track and field team in 2012. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player during his sophomore year for the indoor season after earning All-NEC second-team recognition by finishing second in the long jump and also placed third in the triple jump at the NEC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Huguley ranks in the program's Top-10 in 60m sprint, indoor triple jump, indoor heptathlon, indoor long jump, outdoor long jump. A three-year captain, received All-East honors in the long jump at the IC4A and placed sixth at the prestigious Penn Relays as a sophomore. The senior finished his career with a fourth-place standing in the long jump at the NEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Wheeler had a stellar career for the Mount men's soccer team. He posted three goals and five assists for 11 points in his senior year. The senior paced the NEC in shots (71) and shots per game (4.44) and ranked sixth in assists (5) and assists per game (0.31). He became the second player in program history to earn an All-NEC selection all four years after being named to the first team in 2009 and 2010 and to the second team in 2008 and 2011. In addition, the senior was named the NEC Rookie of the Year in 2008. Wheeler finished his career as the program's all-time career leader in shots (303) and the Mount's Division I leader in goals (36) and points (83) while ranking third in program history in goals and fourth in points. The senior established a new Mount Division I single-season mark for goals in a season after scoring 13 times last season.