Bland, White Win Schaus Award

Women's track and field captain Keri Bland and football captain Pat White have been selected as this year's recipients of the 2009 Fred Schaus Captain's Award, presented annually to West Virginia University's most outstanding varsity team captains.

The winner must display outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, representing WVU well in all aspects. Winners are selected by the WVU Athletic Council. The council voted last year to annually award the top male and female captains.

A Fairview, W.Va., native, Bland captained the women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, marking the school's highest finish in the event. She became WVU's first female in school history to earn All-America honors in three sports in the same year in 2008 (cross country, indoor and outdoor track). This year, Bland placed 13th in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championship and anchored the Distance Medley Relay team that took first place with a WVU record time of 11:05.12.

Bland also was named the 2009 BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championship's Most Outstanding Performer after setting a BIG EAST and school record with a time of 4:34.78 in the mile.

A member of the WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll and a Big East Academic All-Star, Bland is involved in several community service initiatives such as volunteer coaching with the West Virginia Flyers Indoor Track Club, volunteering with the Jerry Lewis Telethon to benefit multiple sclerosis and being a volunteer reader at Brookhaven Elementary school.

White, a Daphne, Ala., native, set 25 WVU, Big East and national records during his illustrious career and captained the Mountaineers during his senior campaign. A three-time All-big East first team selection, White guided the Mountaineers to their fourth straight bowl victory with a Meineke Car Care Bowl victory over North Carolina, thus becoming the first starting quarterback in NCAA history to lead his team to four straight bowl wins. Along the way, he captured the NCAA's all-time career quarterback rushing mark with 4,480 yards. He set the Big East's career touchdowns responsible for mark with 103 and set the conference standard in total offense, becoming the first player in league history to amass more than 10,000 yards in a career (10,529). He was named team MVP for the third consecutive time in 2008.

The 2007-09 West Virginia and Alabama Amateur Athlete of the Year, White is a member of the WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll and a Big East Academic All-Star. A true role model to all in the state, White spoke to school-aged children about the importance of staying in school and staying away from drugs and alcohol. He also visited children's hospitals.

The award was started to honor the retirement of Fred Schaus, who had outstanding success as a Mountaineer basketball player, coach and athletic director.

Past winners of the Fred Schaus Captain's Award:
Herbie Brooks, basketball (1989)
Tammie DeAngelis, rifle (1990)
Aileen Convery, swimming (1991)
Ann-Marie Pfiffner, rifle (1992)
Garett Smith, rifle (1993)
Dean Morrison, wrestling (1994)
Jean Foster, rifle (1995)
Seldon Jefferson, basketball (1996)
Sandy Shumate, volleyball (1996)
Charles Emanuel, football (1997)
Marcos Scrivner, rifle (1998)
Shawn Foreman, football (1999)
Jessica Nonnemacher, gymnastics (2000)
Katie Barnes, soccer (2001)
Kyle Kayden, football (2002)
Avon Cobourne, football (2003)
Merissa Sexsmith, cross country/track (2003)
Grant Wiley, football (2004)
Kate Bulger, basketball (2004)
Rasheed Marshall, football (2005)
Laura Kane, soccer (2005)
J.D. Collins, basketball (2006)
Susan Davis, cross country/track (2006)
Jessica Czaikowski, track (2007)
Dan Mozes, football (2007)
Ashley Banks, women's soccer (2008)
Darris Nichols, basketball (2008)

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