Eastern All-America football player from Lacey and cross country standout from Richland earn honors for achievements in October
Senior All-America football player Ronnie Hamlin and sophomore cross country standout Katie Mahoney have been selected by the Eastern Washington University Athletic Department as the November Scholar-Athletes of the Month.
Hamlin is a construction management-technology major with a 3.57 grade point average, and graduated in 2009 from Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash. Mahoney, a 2011 graduate of Richland (Wash.) High School, is a communications major with a 3.24 GPA.
Hamlin had 30 tackles and an interception in four games during a perfect 4-0 month of October for the Eagles. He returned his interception 77 yards for a momentum-changing touchdown against North Dakota on Oct. 12 in EWU’s 35-14 win.
Mahoney, who owns two school records in outdoor track and field, has led the Eagles at two different cross country meets with top-three overall finishes at the Clash of the Inland Northwest (third) and the Inland Empire Championships (second). She helped lead the Eagles to the team title at the Inland Empire Championships, beating Washington State, Gonzaga and Idaho.
Hamlin and his Eagle teammates head for Pocatello this Saturday (Nov. 2) to play Idaho State at 2:05 p.m. Pacific time. The Eagles are ranked third in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision with a 6-2 record overall, and share the Big Sky Conference lead with Montana State at 4-0. Mahoney and the EWU cross country teams head for Bozeman this weekend for the Big Sky Conference Championships, also on Saturday.
The award recognizes the athletic and academic success of student-athletes, based primarily on performances turned in during the month prior. The Scholar-Athlete Award is now in its seventh year of existence, having started in 2007.
November – Katie Mahoney (cross country) and Ronnie Hamlin (football)
October – Cassie Black (soccer) and Ashton Clark (football)
More on Ronnie Hamlin
Currently on the 2013 Buck Buchanan Watch List, senior linebacker Ronnie Hamlin has 281 tackles already in his 33-game EWU career (30 starts) to rank 10th in school history. He is just seven tackles from Julian Williams (1997-2000) and the No. 9 position. Hamlin also has three career interceptions, and his momentum-changing 77-yard return for a touchdown against North Dakota (10/12/13) was the 10th-longest in school history. With UND driving for a potential game-tying score late in the third quarter, he leaped high to snag the third interception of his career, ran over one would-be tackler, then returned it down the sideline for his first pick-six as an Eagle.
Despite being listed as a senior, Hamlin will eventually apply to the NCAA to receive his sixth year. After redshirting the 2009 season because of a bum knee, the injury also kept him from playing during Eastern's national championship season in 2010. If he does get the extra year back, he could challenge the school record of 432 tackles set by 2010 Buck Buchanan Award winner J.C. Sherritt.
Hamlin earned All-America honors in 2012 from Phil Steele Publications (fourth team) and was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection. He had 136 tackles in 2012 to rank fifth in school history, and his average of 9.71 per game ranked 31st in FCS and fourth in the Big Sky.
More on Katie Mahoney
Besides her two top-three finishes this season, Mahoney was also EWU’s third-best finisher with a 59th-place finish at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 5. She has not run in EWU’s other two meets this season. A year ago, Mahoney was the No. 2 runner for Eastern, placing second on the team in each meet she ran in. She finished 36th at the Big Sky Championships with a time of 19:59.74.
During the 2012-13 indoor track and field season, Mahoney ran a time of 5:01.48 in the mile at the UW Invitational, ranking her fourth all-time at Eastern. She also ran 2:18.38 in the 800 at the Vandal Indoor to rank 10th in school history. At the BSC Indoor Championships, she placed 14th in the mile with a time of 5:11.61. She was selected to the winter Big Sky All-Academic team.
Outdoors last season, Mahoney broke two school records and cracked the top ten all-time lists in two other events. She crushed the previous school record of 11:02.29 in the steeplechase, first breaking it with a 10:36.16 effort at the Mt. Sac Relays. Mahoney broke it again at the BSC Outdoor Championships, when she earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish at 10:28.52. She improved on that time at the Division I West Preliminary Round, clocking 10:21.53. Mahoney also broke the school record in the 1,500 with her fourth-place-finish at the BSC Outdoor Championships, where she ran 4:25.79. She also made her mark in the record books at the Duane Hartman Invitational, where she ran times of 2:12.87 in the 800 (third all-time) and 17:14.91 in the 5,000 (sixth all-time).