BAY CITY, Mich. — Former Ashland University track and field thrower Garrett Grey (Grahamsville, N.Y./Tri Valley Central), and former women’s basketball player Kari Daugherty (Fresno, Ohio/Dayton) were named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (GLIAC) 2011-12 male and female “Scholar-Athletes of the Year,” respectively, as voted by the league’s faculty athletics representatives.
Grey won the first national championship of his career in the hammer at the 2013 NCAA D-II outdoor track and field championships and he was third in the weight throw at the NCAA indoor championships. He played a large role in the Eagles finishing as the runner-up at both meets. Outdoors, he won the national championship at 231-3. That was over 13 feet ahead of the second place finisher. Grey completed his career as a six-time All-American. The senior was a Capital One First Team Academic All-American and he won his second “GLIAC Commissioner’s Award” this spring. Grey is a sports management major with a 3.59 grade point average.
Daugherty played two years of basketball at Ashland and those are the two most successful seasons in the history of the program. Both years, the Eagles reached the national championship game. This past spring, they won the national championship and Daugherty was named the most outstanding player at the Elite Eight. Daugherty is a two-time NCAA Division II player of the year. In 2012-13, she led the country in double-doubles, was second in rebounding and third in scoring. She holds the NCAA Division II record for consecutive double-doubles. The senior is a two-time “GLIAC player of the year and led Ashland to a pair of conference championships. Daugherty is a two-time recipient of the Honda Sports Collegiate Women Athlete of the Year. She is the only NCAA Division II woman to receive the award in consecutive years. This year, Daugherty was named a Capital One First Team Academic All-American and she was the Capital One Women’s Basketball Academic All-American of the Year. Daugherty is a middle grades education major with a 3.97 grade point average.
“The GLIAC is very proud of the academic and theltic accomplishments of Garrett Grey and Kari Daugherty,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “There performace in the classroom has led them to being named to one of our top academic honors. Garrett and Kari are both an example of the outstanding Scholar Athlete’s we have in this conference.”
Both Grey and Daugherty are now in the running for the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) Regional “Scholar-Athlete of the Year,” awards presented by Disney’s Wide World of Sports.