Mountain West Announces 2013-14 Scholar-Athletes of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Colorado State cross country/track and field student-athlete Christian Meyer and former San José State swimmer Darcie Anderson were announced today as the 2013-14 Mountain West Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Established by the Mountain West Joint Council in 1999, the MW Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is the highest honor presented to a student-athlete by the Conference. The award is bestowed annually to one male and one female who best exemplify the term “student-athlete” by achieving excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement. In addition to athletic achievement, recipients of the MW Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, demonstrate leadership, and exhibit good character and conduct on and off the playing field. Each honoree will receive a $2,500 postgraduate scholarship.

Meyer, who earned his undergraduate degree in physics this past May, is the first male Colorado State student-athlete to win the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and third Ram overall, following Liz Toman in 2000-01 and April Thomas in 2007-08. A 2014 Academic All-American, Meyer was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native was named to Colorado State’s Dean’s List and received Academic All-Mountain West and MW Scholar-Athlete honors each of his four years, graduating with a 3.86 cumulative grade point average. Meyer, who started his collegiate career as a walk-on, earned a scholarship and was a three-time All-Mountain West honoree in cross country. He finished sixth at the 2011 MW Cross Country Championship in Fort Collins, Colorado. He also finished 14th in 2012 and 10th in 2013. Meyer posted a top-100 finish at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championship, as his time of 31:17.2 on the 10K course was good for 96th overall. He was part of the Rams’ 2011 Indoor Distance Medley relay team that finished third, earning him a fourth All-Mountain West accolade. In addition to his academic and athletic commitments, Meyers was involved in many community projects, including the Lutheran Campus Ministries and Whispering Winds Family Camp.

Anderson, co-captain of the San José State swimming and diving team, graduated summa cum laude in May. She majored in kinesiology and posted a cumulative GPA of 3.98, earning a spot on the University’s Dean’s List in 2013 and the President’s Honor Roll in 2012 and 2014. A four-year letterwinner and three-time Western Athletic Conference Academic All-District honoree, Anderson was also named a 2014 Capital One Academic All-American®. As a competitor, Anderson specialized in the breaststroke and was a 10-time All-WAC award winner her freshman through junior years prior to San José State joining the Mountain West in July 2013. In her lone season competing in the MW, Anderson was a two-time All-MW honoree, earning the distinction in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.20) and fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.50). Overall, Anderson won a total of 14 races during the 2013-14 season. In 2012, Anderson qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Away from the pool and classroom, Anderson’s volunteer activities including coaching and teaching with the Special Olympics, the Silicon Valley Agency Partnership and the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative. She also participated in the San Jose YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign to raise awareness for rape and sexual abuse victims.