Miles Sandgathe Honored With The Henry Booth Award; Anne Merten Honored With The Jean Williams Award

Salem - The Willamette University athletics department celebrated the team and individual accomplishments of student-athletes at the annual Awards Desserts held May 3, 2004. The department announced the winners of two very special department-wide awards, as well as recognizing those student-athletes who earned all-conference, all-region and all-american honors.

The Henry Booth Award is presented annually to the male student-athlete exhibiting leadership, high rank of scholarship, outstanding athleticism, and who has completed his collegiate athletic career.

This year the award was presented to Miles Sandgathe, a senior member of the men's basketball team. Sandgathe, a computer science major from Pleasant Hill, Oregon, was team captain his senior year. He has twice been named All Conference Second Team and is a two-time all tournament player. The all-time season free throw percent holder (2003), Miles has served as a mentor in the Salem schools for 3 years and volunteered in Nicaragua this past spring break.

The Jean Williams Award is presented annually to the female student-athlete exhibiting leadership, high rank of scholarship, outstanding athleticism and who has completed her collegiate athletic career.

This year's recipient was Anne Merten, senior on the women's soccer team. Merten, an Economics major from Corvallis, Oregon, served as team captain (and was named team MVP) in both her junior and senior years. She is a four-time All Conference and two-time All American. The leading goal scorer her junior and senior years, Merten made appearances with the Bearcat team in the Final Eight her freshman year and the Final Four her sophomore year. Merten also has been honored as an Academic All American.