TCU tabs four athletes for May accolades
June 9, 2006
FT. WORTH, Texas - Four TCU student-athletes have been selected award recipients for the month of May. Jamee Jones of the women's track & field team and baseball's Jake Arrieta were named TCU Athletes of the Month. Women's tennis player Kewa Nichols and Joe Brown from the men's track and field team were recognized as TCU Scholar-Athletes of the Month.
Jones has been a key component to the Flyin' Frog women's program this season. The junior from Houston, Texas, picked up a trio of medals at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May. She finished second in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, and was on the winning 4x100 relay team that set a new championship record at the league meet. Jones, who ran the third leg in the 4x100 at the Midwest Regional in Austin, helped the Frog women notch a silver medal with their second-fastest time of the season (44.16) in the event and advance to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five years.
Arrieta was 4-0 in the month of May with a team-low 2.16, as he led the Frogs to the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles. In 25 innings pitched, Arrieta allowed six runs on 18 hits while striking out 21 and walking just seven batters. Opponents hit just .212 off of the sophomore right-hander. He earned Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for a complete-game shut out over Utah on May 5 and was named Co-Pitcher of the Year in the Mountain West.
To be eligible for TCU Scholar-Athlete of the Month recognition, student-athletes must have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average.
After falling behind one set, Nichols rebounded and took over court No. 5 to down Kelly Baritot 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 in singles play and to clinch TCU's first-ever Sweet 16 appeareance. For Nichols, the victory was her sixth straight and ninth in 10 tries. The Austin, Texas, product finished the 2006 season with a 20-8 record in singles play, a 13-7 doubles mark, and a 3.25 GPA.
Brown, a sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., owns a 3.75 GPA in business. He has finished among the top five in all but one meet in 2006 and currenlty holds the Mountain West Conference record in the new javelin. At the league's outdoor championships last month, he placed fifth in the javelin with a 202-08 (61.77m) toss. Brown also competed in the Midwest Regional in Austin, finishing 14th overall. It is the second time Brown has garnered the monthly award this year.
TCU MAY AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Female Athlete of the Month: Jamee Jones, Women's Track and Field
Male Athlete of the Month: Jake Arrieta, Baseball
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month: Kewa Nichols, Women's Tennis
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month: Joe Brown, Men's Track and Field