BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas announced their spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year, and two King University student-athletes were honored. Casey Gilbert (softball) and TJ McMurray (men's outdoor track & field) were both selected at Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Gilbert, a senior from Hendersonville, N.C., carries a 3.79 GPA while majoring in Exercise Science with a focus on Kinesiology. On the field, Gilbert had her senior year cut short, as she was hitting .278 with four home runs and had a 4-4 record in the circle with a 4.33 ERA. In her two years on campus, Gilbert was a .323 hitter while scoring 56 runs and driving in 36. She also accounted for 16 doubles, five triples and six home runs. A season ago, Gilbert was a first team All-Conference Carolinas selection after setting the school record with a 1.49 ERA, going 12-5 with one save and 14 complete games.
McMurray, a senior from Bristol, Va., majored in Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education and owns a 3.41 GPA. The outdoor season was canceled before the Tornado competed in a meet, but McMurray was selected Conference Carolinas Field Athlete of the Week during the indoor season on January 14. He set a hammer throw personal record at the 2019 conference championships with a mark of 45.42 meters. His career-best shot put mark came in 2019 at 13.49 meters. McMurray's personal record discus mark of 41.42 meters came in 2019. He posted a career-best javelin throw of 29.01 meters in 2018.
The Scholar-Athlete awards are presented annually to one individual in each Conference Carolinas sponsored sport. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners are chosen by the Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Affairs Committee.
To be considered, a student-athlete must be a junior or a senior with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher. In addition, the nominees for the award must have been named all-conference in their sport and chosen academic all-conference.