LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (SAU) - Southern Arkansas senior men's cross country runner Mickey Hammer has been named as one of 10 finalists for the Crain Automotive Team Star of Tomorrow Award as it was announced by the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Crain Automotive Team on Tuesday afternoon.
The Crain Automotive Team Star of Tomorrow Award honors the top collegiate athlete in Arkansas. It is the only award that recognizes student athletes from across the state based on their achievements on the field of play, their contributions in the community, and their academic success.
Hammer was the 2012 Great American Conference (GAC) individual champion and set school records in the 8K and 10K with personal-best times of 24:39 (8K) and 30:47.3 (10K), respectively. In the 2012 NCAA Division II Central Region Championships, Hammer finished one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA Division II National Championships.
In response to his achievements in competition, Hammer has been named NCAA Division II All-Central Region, U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Central Region, GAC Runner of the Year, and All-GAC First-Team.
In the classroom, Hammer has amassed a 3.61 G.P.A. and is majoring in Exercise Science. A four-time member of the Dean's List, Hammer has also been placed on the GAC and Gulf South Conference (GSC) All-Academic teams in addition to being a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
Active in the community, Hammer volunteers at the Marshall Physical Therapy Clinic and assists them in out-patient and in-patient therapy. Hammer is also a member of the Ace Project that works on reconstructing different areas on SAU's campus. A member of SAU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Hammer has organized and directed the Special Olympics basketball day program, worked with senior citizens on aspects of physical therapy, and has spoken to high school students about life success. Hammer has also served as an advisor for SAU's Leadership Academy program.
"Mickey is one of the top student-athletes in the history of SAU athletics," remarks head men's cross country coach Tim Servis. "His character, dedication, and determination set him apart from most others, not to mention the strength of his athletic talent. His success and contributions to the SAU cross country team over the past four years has been immeasurable. He will be missed, but his legacy won't be forgotten."
The winner is chosen by members of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, the general public, and local media. The winner will be announced at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on March 8 at Verizon Arena.
The fan voting portion of the process will be from Tuesday, February 12th until Wednesday, February 27th. Fans wishing to vote may do so at www.arstaroftomorrow.com/
In addition to Hammer representing Southern Arkansas University, the remaining nine finalists represent in-state institutions at Arkansas State University, Henderson State University, Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Central Arkansas