April 11, 2013
BEAUMONT – Coming into his final year at Lamar, one of Joe Wade’s main goals was to win the Southland Conference’s Student Athlete of the Year award, and on Thursday, the Englishman accomplished just that, becoming the third-ever Cardinal to take home the designation for indoor season.
“This is something that I’ve really wanted to get,” a smiling Wade revealed. “My brother got it last year, and he got all the awards, so I was really motivated to try and win it this year. In addition to that, it’s also the kind of award that will reflect well on me after I leave Lamar.”
Wade’s twin brother, Tom, earned Student-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of an All-American caliber outdoor season in 2012.
This year, Wade, a kinesiology major, carried a 4.0 grade point average in the classroom and was just as successful on the track, winning a conference title in the mile and All-SLC recognition in both the 3,000 meter run and as a member of the distance medley relay team.
“I think that being the Student-Athlete of the Year for a sport is the ultimate kind of recognition,” head coach Trey Clark explained. “It awards someone who is successful on and off the track. This kind of recognition is important to me and to the program. We’ve worked hard to create a culture of academic excellence at Lamar, and these awards show that we have a system in place for athletes to succeed athletically and academically.”
Current LU teammate Matt Johnsen earned the honor last indoor season, and former Card standout Samuel Kosgei took it home in 2009 and 2010.