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2016 Linfield Magazine Summer

Nelson is new voice of the Wildcats Kevin Nelson ’16 is the new football play-by-play broadcaster and community partnership representative. Nelson takes over the role as “voice of the Wildcats” from Bill Johnson, who passed away suddenly in November. Out of necessity, Nelson was called upon to fill Johnson’s seat in the broadcast booth during last season’s football playoffs as Johnson became ill. Followers of Linfield athletic teams who tune into radio broadcasts on KPDQAM and KSLC-FM or watch the college’s live stream videocasts are likely already familiar with Nelson’s on-air work. Before taking over the football play-by-play, he served as football sideline reporter. During his time at Linfield, he also provided playby play coverage of a wide spectrum of Linfield sports offerings, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball. Lawson, Schmoll tabbed for academic honors Kenzie Schmoll ’17 of Grants Pass and Eric Lawson ’16 of Mill Creek, Wash., have earned CoSIDA Academic recognition following a vote of the region’s sports information directors. Schmoll, a repeat selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Softball Team, was named a third team Academic All- American. She has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a computer science major. Last year, she earned the Elite 89 Award, a prestigious honor given at the NCAA Finals, and was also Linfield’s female representative on the 2014-15 Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team. Lawson, a three-peat selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Baseball Team, was recognized as a first team honoree on the All-Northwest Conference Baseball Team and has maintained a 3.91 cumulative grade point average as a double major (marketing and psychology) and two-year co-captain for the Linfield baseball program. He was also named to the Academic All-District team at the conclusion of his sophomore and junior seasons. He is a member of the prestigious Kemper Scholar program. Jacob Milhelich ’17 Sport: Track & field Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo. Major: Communication arts Minor: Spanish Two-time national champion in the 400 meters, winning at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships. Why Linfield? I knew that a smaller school with a liberal arts environment, discussion-based classes and plenty of opportunities to meet and work with professors on a more personal level was going to fit my learning style and personality very well. Why track? Track is addicting. Once you win that first big race, you can’t get enough! I was very much a “late bloomer.” I had always wanted to run the 400, and when I finally got the chance to run it, I broke my high school’s record in my first race and haven’t looked back. Favorite aspect of Linfield: The people. There are so many awesome people I have come to know and love. They make the stresses and difficulties of being a college student-athlete that much more bearable and make the memories and wonderful experiences that much more enjoyable. On being the indoor national champion: Honestly, I felt relieved. One of the most important parts of winning big races like that is visualization. There wasn’t a single day that went by all year where I didn’t visualize winning nationals at least once. Needless to say, there was a lot of pressure and therefore a lot of stress going into it. But when it was time to get it done, it felt very rehearsed. What have you learned from being an athlete? I have learned so much. If I had to pick one lesson that has taught me the most, it would be to not lower my expectations. I don’t lower my expectations for anyone or anything. It may sound sappy, but I honestly believe that I can do anything if I put the work in. I am nowhere near where I ultimately want to be as an athlete or as a person in general, but that’s exciting because that means that there is a lot I have to look forward to. Summer 2016 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 3


2016 Linfield Magazine Summer
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