COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mount Union seniors Alex Wilson (Macedonia/Nordonia) and Marisa Rinaldi (Tallmadge/Tallmadge) were each awarded the Ohio Athletic Conference's Clyde Lamb Awards at the conference's awards dinner in Columbus.
The Clyde Lamb Awards are given to the top male and female scholar athletes at each of the OAC's 10 institutions.
Wilson won the OAC men's cross country individual title three times, was a two-time OAC Runner of the Year and a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier. In track and field, Wilson has won both a 5,000 meter indoor and outdoor title, earned All-OAC honors four-times and will run in the 10,000 meters next week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Wilson graduated with a bachelor's degree in Nursing.
Rinaldi has won six event championships and is a 13-time all-conference honoree in indoor and outdoor track and field. She won the 400 meters and was part of the first place 4x200 relay team at this past year's OAC Indoor Championships on her way to OAC Outstanding Sprint Athlete of the Meet honors. She will compete in the 4x100 meter relay at next week's NCAA Outdoor Championships. A three-time Academic All-OAC selection, Rinaldi graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Criteria for the award includes at least two years participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.
The award was founded in 1985 and is named in honor of Clyde A. Lamb. Lamb organized the department of health and physical education at Ohio Northern University in 1929, and served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64. He continued to teach full-time until his death in 1969.
Lamb, who received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in 1923 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1929, coached numerous sports at Ohio Northern during his tenure. In 1959, he was elected to the NAIA Helms Hall of Fame. He was honored as Ada's Distinguished Citizen in 1956 and was inducted into Ohio Northern's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.