Four recent student-athletes are among many who are making headlines in their respective sports.
In 2011, Alex Carpenter became the first ACU undergraduate to play in a PGA Tour event when he competed in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bayhill. He earned that opportunity by beating the nation's top golfers while winning the prestigious 2010 Southern Amateur. Carpenter, is a senior in 2012-13, won the 2010 Phil Mickelson Award as NCAA Division II's top freshman, and the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation's Player of the Year.
Mitchell Gale, who is a senior in 2012-13, was a 2010 finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the NCAA Division II version of the Heisman. In 2012, he passed ACU's Billy Malone as the Wildcat and Lone Star Conference career passing leader with 12,109 yards. Gale and Malone are only the thrid set of quarterbacks in NCAA history to post consecutive careers of at least 12,000 yards each.
In 2012, men's track and field star Nick Jones became the first male athlete in NCAA history - and only the second ever in NCAA history - to win four national championships in the discus. He qualified in two events for the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing ninth in the discus.
In Fall 2011, women's soccer standout Andrea Carpenter became the first student-athlete named first-team all-America in the program's short, five-year history. Carpenter finished second in Division II with eight game-winning goals, while her 16 goals and 35 points ranked among the nation's top 20 performers. The Amarillo native also was voted the Daktronics South Central Region and Lone Star Conference Player of the Year for a second straight year. Carpenter's career totals entering 2012 included an ACU-record 38 goals through 44 starts and a .279 shot percentage. Sixty-five percent of her 136 shots have been placed on goal.