CIRCLEVILLE, OH - Danielle Wipert, Wesley Russell, Bobby Kratz, and Lexi Shafran have been selected as the 2014 honorees of the annual OCU Athletic Department awards. These four student-athletes were selected for recognition after being nominated by OCU coaches and staff.
Danielle Wipert was named the 2014 Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Wipert was named an All-American after leading the OCU volleyball team to a 27-13 season in 2013. As a junior, Wipert led the Trailblazers to their first-ever Mid-East Region Championship.
Wesley Russell was named the 2014 Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Russell was named a First Team All-American while also bringing home National Player of the Year honors. He lead the Trailblazers in scoring, rebounding, steals, and assists while helping OCU win a second straight NCCAA National Championship.
Bobby Kratz has received the 2014 David Lattimer Ministry Award. Bobby is a junior who has participated in Cross Country for three years. Though Bobby has never been one of the top runners, he has improved greatly each year. His biggest contribution has been through spiritual leadership and development. He has served as a small group leader the past two seasons and never fails to provide meaningful discussions and insights into the God's Word.
Lexi Shafran received the highest honor available to an OCU student-athlete as she was named the recipient of the 2014 Trailblazer Award. Shafran was the starting goalkeeper for women's soccer, leading OCU to their first Mid-East Region Title in 2013. She took home First Team All-Region honors in the process as she helped OCU reach the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time. Shafran was a team captain for the Trailblazers and has spent the last year volunteering with Upwards Soccer. She has also been a volunteer and an advocate in the cause to abolish human trafficking.