Meents a candidate for Lowe's Senior Class Award

    Senior Josh Meents.
    Senior Josh Meents.

    March 12, 2008

    USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Academy senior catcher Josh Meents is one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior Class award in college baseball.

    Meents has been selected as one of 30 collegiate baseball players who have combined excellence in athletics, academics and community service. The award - presented annually to the NCAA's Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports - focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition.

    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue their degree. Since that time, Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports including baseball.

    Meents is the lone three-year letterwinner on the Falcon baseball squad. A native of Braidwood, Ill., Meents enters the 2008 season having played in 106 career games. Meents started 38 of 43 games at catcher as a junior and started 30 of 36 as a sophomore. As a sophomore, Meents hit seven home runs, ranking second on the team. An operations major, Meents maintains a 3.35 grade point average and has been named to the conference all-academic team three times. The senior has been active in his squadron serving several positions which include, squadron assistant director of operations, logistics officer, and Element leader. Meents has also been active in the community participating the in the Midnight walk for Cancer in Marysville, Calif., welcoming home soldiers at Fort Carson who were deployed to Iraq, and visiting children with illness at hospitals. Meents was also active as a Squadron Class Representative for the Combined Federal Campaign charity.

    This marks the second year for the baseball division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. University of Alabama infielder Emeel Salem was the inaugural winner in 2007.



    From the list of 30 nominees (complete list attached), a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in mid-April 2008. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA® Men's College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

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