April 8, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded two St. John's student-athletes, senior Reggie Davis of the lacrosse team and junior Kat Lawrence of the softball team, with annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year awards. The awards recognize the student-athletes' dedication to strength training and conditioning.
The two Red Storm athletes were nominated by Rob Basile, St. John's Director of Strength and Conditioning. This year, the NSCA awarded 232 student-athletes from 106 schools with the esteemed award.
Davis’ power and strength have been evident on the lacrosse field this season, as the defensive midfielder has collected 27 ground balls and forced six turnovers. The senior from Columbus, Ohio had a career day in the Red Storm’s overtime win over Vermont, collecting a game-high nine ground balls. Davis has amassed 53 ground balls and two goals in his four-year career.
"Reggie is pound-for-pound the strongest student-athlete that I have worked with and is the all-time leader in strength and power for the STJ lacrosse program," Basile said of the midfielder. "His intensity and work ethic have allowed him to make tremendous gains in strength, power and speed."
Lawrence, a junior pitcher from Rohnert Park, Calif., leads the team with a 7-5 record in the circle this season over 17 appearances and 12 starts. She has thrown a team-best two shutouts with four complete games and she has held opposing hitters to a .243 average. Lawrence has also been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice this season.
“Kat is an outstanding individual with qualities that make her the model student-athlete,” Basile said. “Her work ethic, intensity and positive attitude have allowed her to make significant gains in strength and power. In addition, Kat continually demonstrates excellent exercise technique which has had a positive influence on her teammates and their strive for perfection.”
The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn. Fitness product leader.
“The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics,” said Robert Jursnick, NSCA’s Executive Director. “These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”
Both Davis and Lawrence will be in action this weekend at St. John’s. The lacrosse team plays Providence on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the softball team hosts Seton Hall in a doubleheader starting at noon.