The nominees for Lancer athlete of the year were so competitive, starring in just a single sport wasn’t enough.
Dual-sport standouts Corey Bellemore and Krystin Lawrence claimed the Olympic and Banner shields as athletes of the year at the Lancer Evening of Excellence banquet Wednesday.
It was the second straight year Bellemore, a competitor in cross country and track, won the honour. He took gold at the Ontario University Athletics cross country championship, and finished in the top 10 at nationals to earn all-Canadian status. On the inside track, Bellemore brought home three medals at each of the provincial and national meets.
Lawrence plays varsity soccer and hockey. Tending goal for Lancer soccer, she recorded shutouts in half her starts, earning an OUA first-team all-star berth. On the ice, Lawrence netted 32 points for her second-straight OUA scoring title, was named provincial hockey player of the year and an all-Canadian.
Her leadership on the pitch helped Lancer women’s soccer to its best finish in more than 10 years and an appearance in the OUA final four. Head coach Steve Hart received the Gino Fracas Coach of the Year Award at Wednesday’s banquet.
Basketball players Emily Prevost and Mike Rocca and distance runner Nick MacMackin received DeMarco Awards, presented annually to the top female and male students that best combine academic achievement with athletic prowess.