Ngugi, Thwaits earn Athlete of the Week honors

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2002-11-11
Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington College athletic department announced its Athletes of the Week for the week of November 4 – 10, 2002. Women’s cross country sophomore Elizabeth Ngugi and men’s basketball junior Ryan Thwaits earned the honors for their excellent efforts during the week’s competitions.

Ngugi, a psychology major from Thaika, Kenya, had her biggest race of the season at the NAIA Region VIII Cross Country Championships. Running number two for the Foresters, Ngugi stepped up with a fifth-place finish and helped the team to finish third overall. Ngugi’s effort, along with every member of the Forester squad, launched them into a bid to run at the NAIA National Championships in Kenosha, Wis., on November 23. Ngugi’s finish earned her All-Region honors as did the finishes of teammates Natalie Guenin (third place) and Jenny Cook (11th place).

Thwaits, a business major from Syracuse, Ind. (Fairfield High School), was a driving force for the Forester basketball team in its opening week of play. Thwaits led the team to a 3-0 record with his ruthless play and clutch free throws, as they outlasted Urbana University (84-80), Spring Arbor University (92-91) and St. Xavier University (71-70). Thwaits averaged just over 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the week. In Saturday’s game, he played so hard he tore the sole off the bottom of his shoe! Thwaits is a three-time Dean’s List honoree.

The Huntington College Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past six years, Huntington has produced 38 All-America honors and 60 All-America Scholar Athlete honors.Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
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Joanne Green
Sports Information Director
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