The Billings Outpost

Rocky honors top athletes


Cesar Mireles, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Sara Brunner, of Alberta, Canada, have been recognized as Rocky Mountain College's senior athletes of the year.

Mireles, who competes in cross-country and track, and Brunner, an outside hitter in volleyball, received the Herb and Clara Klindt Awards last week during RMC’s annual athletic awards social.

The awards were voted on by the school's coaching staff.

Noah Kiprono, of Nairobi, Kenya, and Lauren Brophy, East Helena, Mont., were presented with the Frank and Helen Mathew Awards as RMC’s outstanding underclassmen. Kiprono is on the cross country and track teams, while Brophy competes in soccer.

Senior Sergio Trocha, of Cartagena, Colombia, was presented with the DeRosier Award, which is given to the athlete who best exemplifies the "Spirit of Rocky." Trocha played basketball for the Bears.

Nate Ray, of Molt, Mont., a senior running back in football, was honored with the President's Award, which is presented to the student-athlete who is a leader on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.

Junior Kirsty Montignani, of Dunfermline, Great Britain, who competes in soccer, received the Champion of Character Award. That honor is given to the student-athlete who best represents the five core values that the NAIA embraces: respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

RMC also handed out eight coaches' awards to the top performers in a varsity of sports: Kristin Barott (volleyball), of West Richland, Wash.; Alli Blake (women's basketball), of Kaysville, Utah; Harald Carlsson (men's skiing), of Karlstad, Sweden; Isa Floden (women's skiing), of Vemdalen, Sweden; Olle Friberg (men's skiing), of Are, Sweden; Rachel Hosterman (women's golf), of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Connor Rakowski (men's golf) of Carbondale, Colo.; and Levi Sutton (football) of Billings.

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