Star athletes honoured

Apr 04, 2002, vol. 23, no. 7
By Marianne Meadahl

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SFU Clan running back Mike Vilimek and hoop star Teresa Kleindienst have wrapped up their academic programs at SFU with more than a degree.

Both are recipients of the 2001 Lorne Davies athletic excellence award. The university's top athletic awards were presented at a ceremony March 28 marking the end of the athletic season.

Kleindienst, a geography major, will leave behind a trail of athletic accomplishments. A major force in the women's basketball team's amazing 35-0 season, the senior point guard was honored as the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) league's best defensive player. Her role in championship play earlier this month led her to be chosen as the tournament's most valuable player.

Along with teammate Jessica Kaczowka, she was named an All-Canadian. It was Kleindienst's second consecutive year on the all-star team.

Kleindienst is also a member of Canada's national team and participated in the 2000 Olympics. She is one of four senior players set to graduate this spring and leave the team.

Vilimek, who is completing a degree in business, has received interest from both the Canadian football League and National Football League in the U.S. In his final year with the Clan he set a new single season rushing record with 1187 yards rushing, an average of 131.9 yards per game.

Vilimek's longest rush of the season was an 80-yard touchdown dash in the Clan's 37-34 win over Humboldt State. During that game he rushed for 315 yards and scored four touchdowns. The effort earned him the distinction of being the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) offensive player of the week, a title earned only twice before by a Clan player. He was the only player in the NAIA selected to play in the Southern Utah Paradise Bowl, a senior collegiate all-star football game in January.

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